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Maintaining morale in 'roughers'

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

From left: Able Seaman Combat Sysytems Operator Mine Warfare (ABCSOMW) Alex Lebrun-Footman, ABCSOMW Dale Timbs, ABCSOMW Ryan McDonald and Leading Seaman Medic Rob Schwartz enjoy a game of Uckers during a quiet period onboard HMAS Yarra. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

From left: Able Seaman Combat Sysytems Operator Mine Warfare (ABCSOMW) Alex Lebrun-Footman, ABCSOMW Dale Timbs, ABCSOMW Ryan McDonald and Leading Seaman Medic Rob Schwartz enjoy a game of Uckers during a quiet period onboard HMAS Yarra.

Life on the high seas in a Huon Class Mine Hunter can be a little 'rough', but only due the ship size and design allowing for rolling and pitching in even the smallest swell. During HMAS Yarra's recent three day passage to Papua New Guinea, the sea state three conditions were a test for morale for the 45-strong crew.

Sharing lessons with the US Navy

Published on by LCDR Emma McDonald-Kerr (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

The annual USN and RAN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group (SWPSG) held at Fleet Headquarters Sydney. (From front left) Rear Admiral Frederick Roegge (USN), Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, RAN and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo (USN). (From back left) Captain Mike Smith, AOM, RAN, USN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group Manager of Business, Mr Lee Johnson and Warrant Officer Navy, Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

The annual USN and RAN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group (SWPSG) held at Fleet Headquarters Sydney. (From front left) Rear Admiral Frederick Roegge (USN), Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, RAN and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo (USN). (From back left) Captain Mike Smith, AOM, RAN, USN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group Manager of Business, Mr Lee Johnson and Warrant Officer Navy, Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN.

In a sign of the deep ties that underpin the Australian and United States’ security alliance, the Royal Australian Navy hosted the fourth Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group forum between 5th and 6th August, at Fleet Headquarters in Sydney. The SWPSG reports to and supports the strategic dialogue between the US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations and the Australian Chief of Navy.

Court Martial on inappropriate behaviour allegations

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author)

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Today there have been reports in the media about the proceedings of a General Court Martial regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour that occurred in HMAS Newcastle in 2011.

Captain Potter finally passes under the bridge

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Outgoing Commander Submarine Force, Captain Mark Potter departs HMAS Stirling through a guard of honour, formed by his colleagues, at Captain's Landing, Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Outgoing Commander Submarine Force, Captain Mark Potter departs HMAS Stirling through a guard of honour, formed by his colleagues, at Captain's Landing, Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Captain Mark Potter was farewelled by his staff on September 4, when he finished his post in the position of Commander of the Royal Australian Navy's Submarine Force.

Defence Indigenous Development Program visits HMAS Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Chris Davidson (author), LSCIS Lachlan Tye (photographer)

A group of 27 recruits and three staff from the Defence Indigenous Development Program observe the 76mm gun during their tour of HMAS Darwin, alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.  (photo: LSCIS Lachlan Tye)

A group of 27 recruits and three staff from the Defence Indigenous Development Program observe the 76mm gun during their tour of HMAS Darwin, alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

A group of 27 recruits and three staff from the Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) visited HMAS Darwin on September 4.

Boss of the Year competition

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Colin Cornwell won the Power FM’s Boss of the year after being nominated by his staff for his compassion, consideration and willingness to go the extra mile for them. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Lieutenant Commander Colin Cornwell won the Power FM’s Boss of the year after being nominated by his staff for his compassion, consideration and willingness to go the extra mile for them.

The annual Power-FM Boss of the Year competition attracts nominations from a diverse range of workplaces throughout the Shoalhaven and encourages employees to nominate bosses who exemplify good leadership, who are caring, astute, good communicators and in tune with their employee’s needs.

High flying promotion at Navy Headquarters South Queensland

Published on by PONPC Sarah Joost (author and photographer), LCDR Mark Tandy (photographer)

Leiutenant Seymour being promoted to Leiutenant Commander by Commander Tedman at Naval Headquarters South Queensland. (photo: LCDR Mark Tandy)

Leiutenant Seymour being promoted to Leiutenant Commander by Commander Tedman at Naval Headquarters South Queensland.

Recently, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Seymour from RAAF Base Oakey arrived in style at Navy Headquarters South Queensland (NHQ-SQ) to be promoted by Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Tedman.

Family accepts Unit Citation for Gallantry from Chief of Navy

Published on by CAPT Will Martin (author), Unknown (photographer)

Mrs Yvonne Coughlan, her daughter Suzanne Ward, grandson Samuel Ward, and his son Evan Ward, with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain Will Martin. Vice Admiral Barrett holds a photograph of the late Able Seaman Leslie Smedley, whom he awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry for his actions as part of the crew of HMAS Yarra II.  (photo: Unknown)

Mrs Yvonne Coughlan, her daughter Suzanne Ward, grandson Samuel Ward, and his son Evan Ward, with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain Will Martin. Vice Admiral Barrett holds a photograph of the late Able Seaman Leslie Smedley, whom he awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry for his actions as part of the crew of HMAS Yarra II.

On a magnificent August day in Sydney recently, a special award was presented to the family of Able Seaman Leslie William Smedley - a Stoker who was killed in action in HMAS Yarra (II), south of Java, on 4 March, 1942.

Squadron faces the big questions at Wollondilly

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

(Left to right) 816 Squadron's Able Seaman Ben Adams, Able Seaman Anna Cernaz, Chief Petty Officer Tim Noble, Petty Officer Ray Solomon, Lieutenant Geoff Winter and Lieutenant Mark Hudson with primary school students from Woolondilly Public School in Goulburn. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

(Left to right) 816 Squadron's Able Seaman Ben Adams, Able Seaman Anna Cernaz, Chief Petty Officer Tim Noble, Petty Officer Ray Solomon, Lieutenant Geoff Winter and Lieutenant Mark Hudson with primary school students from Woolondilly Public School in Goulburn.

“Do you get sick when you fly?” “Do you get sick on ships?” “Do you ever see sharks?” “What does this button do?”

The crew of a Seahawk helicopter from Nowra's 816 Squadron faced a barrage of these questions on a recent visit to Wollondilly Public School.

This ‘Ocsober’ we need your will power

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Dom Sander (author), POIS Paul Berry (author)

Chief Executive Officer for Life Education NSW, Mr Jay Bacik, speaks at the launch of the Navy and Life Education Ocsober 24 hour swim relay at the Australian Defence Force Academy Pool. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Chief Executive Officer for Life Education NSW, Mr Jay Bacik, speaks at the launch of the Navy and Life Education Ocsober 24 hour swim relay at the Australian Defence Force Academy Pool.

This October, members of the Royal Australian Navy are putting their will power to the test to reap health and lifestyle benefits.