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Gender perspectives vital to maritime operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by Flight Lieutenant Tritia Evans (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Exercise Kakadu 2016 Gender Advisor, Lieutenant Commander Donna Sill, stands with Indonesian Navy Ensign, Kevin Syaifullah, after conducting an information session on

Exercise Kakadu 2016 Gender Advisor, Lieutenant Commander Donna Sill, stands with Indonesian Navy Ensign, Kevin Syaifullah, after conducting an information session on "Gender Perspectives in Maritime Operations" held at RAAF base Darwin in support of Exercise KAKADU 2016.

During the harbour phase of Exercise KAKADU, Gender Advisor for the Australian contribution, Lieutenant Commander Donna Sill, hosted a Gender Perspectives in Maritime Operations workshop with international partners to develop case studies and discuss gender issues that arise in maritime operations.

Exercise Carillon plays right notes for Able Seaman

Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Crowhurst runs the communications system aboard MV Stoker during Ex Black Carrillon 2016. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Crowhurst runs the communications system aboard MV Stoker during Ex Black Carrillon 2016.

For Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Thomas Crowhurst, submarine Exercise BLACK CARILLON 16 has been a great opportunity to test out his skills with the real-time pressures of an exercise at sea.

Navies share people strategies

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), Mr David McClenaghan (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Indigenous Performance Group, Bungaree, led by Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, welcome Chief of Navy Personnel Vice Admiral Robert Burke USN and senior United States Navy staff, in their traditional energetic style by performing a

The Royal Australian Navy Indigenous Performance Group, Bungaree, led by Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, welcome Chief of Navy Personnel Vice Admiral Robert Burke USN and senior United States Navy staff, in their traditional energetic style by performing a "cultural challenge" at the Russell Offices in Canberra.

United States Navy Vice Admiral Robert Burke kicked off a week of cultural talks recently with a traditional "cultural challenge" from Navy's indigenous performance group in Canberra. 

Darwin strikes a chord with Navy musician

Published on by ABIS Kayla Hayes (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne, Band Commander Lieutenant Andrew Stokes conducts the band during a ceremonial sunset for the public at Palmerston City Council for Navy Week in the Northern Territory. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne, Band Commander Lieutenant Andrew Stokes conducts the band during a ceremonial sunset for the public at Palmerston City Council for Navy Week in the Northern Territory.

Lieutenant Andrew Stokes has played music in all corners of the world since he left Darwin to join the Royal Australian Navy Band 26 years ago, but no matter where Lieutenant Stokes goes, he says there is no place like home.

Rendezvous at sea leads to family reunion

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPOET Keith Bradshaw (author)

Leading Seaman Hazelman transferred from Ballarat and entered Fiji through the Savusavu Yacht Club via her father’s boat Cristy Lee (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Hazelman transferred from Ballarat and entered Fiji through the Savusavu Yacht Club via her father’s boat Cristy Lee

With smart planning, HMAS Ballarat organised a memorable family re-union near Fiji during her return passage from Exercise Rim of the Pacific 16 (RIMPAC 16).

Turning the tables on family service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madeleine Woolmer and her family recreate an event 20 years earlier where her father, Brian returned from RIMPAC in HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madeleine Woolmer and her family recreate an event 20 years earlier where her father, Brian returned from RIMPAC in HMAS Newcastle.

A wharfside welcome home turned back the clock for one father and daughter recently with HMAS Canberra's return to Sydney from RIMPAC 2016

What can they do? Take away my birthday?

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), Unknown (photographer)

“I think of it as being pretty lucky. I get to stay a year younger,” said Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor, who lost his 23 rd birthday when HMAS Canberra sailed over the International Date Line recently. (photo: Unknown)

“I think of it as being pretty lucky. I get to stay a year younger,” said Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor, who lost his 23 rd birthday when HMAS Canberra sailed over the International Date Line recently.

The ability to skip a birthday might be considered a dream for some, but for Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor it became a reality when he sailed over the International Date Line onboard HMAS Canberra on his way back to Australia from Hawaii.


Chasing waves and hunting mines

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Mine Warfare Trent Cattell at sea on HMAS Huon (photo: Unknown)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Mine Warfare Trent Cattell at sea on HMAS Huon

Having grown up surfing the northern beaches of Sydney, Trent Cattell joined the Royal Australian Navy for the lifestyle and the opportunity to serve at sea. 

Devil of a time in Tassie

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), Matthew Newton (photographer), Sam Fox (photographer)

LCDR Angella Hillis, SQNLDR Paul Gough, CPO Jamie Schmith and SGT Liz Beard pose at the Devil Release Control Centre before assisting with setting up.
 (photo: Sam Fox)

LCDR Angella Hillis, SQNLDR Paul Gough, CPO Jamie Schmith and SGT Liz Beard pose at the Devil Release Control Centre before assisting with setting up.

Defence personnel have been up close and personal with some of Australia's most at risk animals supporting the release of 33 captive Tasmanian Devils into the wild at Stony Head Military Training Area.

Bleeding by example

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman supports Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON) Warrant Officer Gary Wight while he donates blood on the Blood Bus during the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge, at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: Lauren Larking)

Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman supports Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON) Warrant Officer Gary Wight while he donates blood on the Blood Bus during the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge, at Russell Offices, Canberra.

The Defence Blood Challenge is well under way with Navy already making a strong bid for a record number of donations this year.