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HMAS Toowoomba completes Middle East Region deployment

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba conducts operations off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Toowoomba conducts operations off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Toowoomba completed a successful Operation MANITOU maritime security deployment to the Middle East Region on 13 December and is now heading home to Perth.

HMA Ships Huon and Launceston conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres

Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), ABCSO Kiah Whyte (photographer)

Lieutenant Thomas Mobbs onboard HMAS Huon conducts Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with HMAS Launceston.

 (photo: ABCSO Kiah Whyte)

Lieutenant Thomas Mobbs onboard HMAS Huon conducts Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with HMAS Launceston.

Coastal Mine Hunter HMAS Huon and Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Launceston conducted a rendezvous in Australia’s northern waters recently to allow their bridge teams and junior watchkeeping officers to conduct a series of training manoeuvres.

Like father like daughter

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author), Mr John Carroll (photographer), CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe (photographer)

New graduate, Midshipman Alexandra Morthorpe, with her father Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, a member of the first class to graduate from ADFA. (photo: John Carroll)

New graduate, Midshipman Alexandra Morthorpe, with her father Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, a member of the first class to graduate from ADFA.

On 11 December, 220 midshipmen and officer cadets graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy. For one midshipman, graduation marked the start of a career that will have her following in her father's footsteps.

Defence indigenous youth graduate in Cairns

Published on by LCDR Darren Mallett (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The graduating class of the Navy's Defence Indigenous Development Program 02/2014 throw their hats in the air in celebration upon completion of their graduation ceremony held at HMAS Cairns. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The graduating class of the Navy's Defence Indigenous Development Program 02/2014 throw their hats in the air in celebration upon completion of their graduation ceremony held at HMAS Cairns.

All twenty recruits who participated in the second iteration of Navy's Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) graduated in a ceremony held in HMAS Cairns on 18 December.

Principal Chaplain - Navy Christmas Message

Published on by Director General Chaplaincy - Navy Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

File image: Director General Chaplaincy - Navy, Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (centre). (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

File image: Director General Chaplaincy - Navy, Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (centre).

As the end of the year comes upon us, with the opportunity to relax and reflect, we can find ourselves commemorating the various events in our life that have taken place and shaped us over the past 12 months.

Chief of the Defence Force Christmas Message

Published on by Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

File image: Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC. (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)

File image: Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC.

I am very proud of what the Australian Defence Force has achieved during a busy and demanding 2014. I wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and best wishes for 2015.

Warrant Officer - Navy Christmas Message

Published on by Warrant Officer - Navy WO Martin Holzberger (author), ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (photographer)

File image: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Martin Holzberger attends a Commemorative reading of 'A personal story from the Roll of Honour' at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

 (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)

File image: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Martin Holzberger attends a Commemorative reading of 'A personal story from the Roll of Honour' at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

At this time of year, I always reflect on the year we’ve had and what Navy has achieved. Who would have thought this time last year, we would have had our ships off Western Australia searching for a lost aircraft, intercepted so many drug smugglers in the Middle East, provided assistance to the people of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan or that we would be tracking a Russian task force off our east coast?

Chief of Navy commends the Navy Ministerials team

Published on by CMDR Geoff Fiedler (author), CMDR Catherine Rhodes (photographer)

Mr Shane Coles and Mrs Kira Jorgensen receive a Navy Group Commendation for their tireless and exemplary performance in carrying out their responsibilities within Navy by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: CMDR Catherine Rhodes)

Mr Shane Coles and Mrs Kira Jorgensen receive a Navy Group Commendation for their tireless and exemplary performance in carrying out their responsibilities within Navy by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Members of the Navy Communications and Coordination Branch recently gathered in Canberra to witness the recognition of two Australian Public Service staff.

World class Navy qualifications formally recognised by Engineers Australia

Published on by Ms Kerrie Moore (author), Unknown (photographer)

Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Australia, Mr Stephen Durkin and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett (right) present Lieutenant Emma Houlihan with the first Chartered Professional Engineer qualification for Navy in Melbourne.  (photo: Unknown)

Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Australia, Mr Stephen Durkin and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett (right) present Lieutenant Emma Houlihan with the first Chartered Professional Engineer qualification for Navy in Melbourne.

For the first time, Engineers Australia has acknowledged the Royal Australian Navy Engineer Officer’s Charge Qualification as an equivalent competency to practice as an internationally recognised Chartered Professional Engineer.

Keeping a lookout

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Outgoing Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Mike Oborn, CSC, RAN (left) hands over the Telescope to incoming Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus Commander Melanie Verho, RAN at the Executive Officer handover ceremony held at Seamanship School in Victoria.  (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Outgoing Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Mike Oborn, CSC, RAN (left) hands over the Telescope to incoming Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus Commander Melanie Verho, RAN at the Executive Officer handover ceremony held at Seamanship School in Victoria.

The end of the year is a busy time for everyone, but often for Navy families it means a change of posting. This was the case for HMAS Cerberus Executive Officer, Commander Mike Oborn, and his replacement Commander Melanie Verho.