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Homeland help for Nepal

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author)

Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing who is a Nepalese-born Royal Australian Navy Officer, used the classifieds section on the Defence email system to appeal for aid to send to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquakes. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing who is a Nepalese-born Royal Australian Navy Officer, used the classifieds section on the Defence email system to appeal for aid to send to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquakes.

A Nepalese-born Royal Australian Navy officer appealled to her workmates for aid to send to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquakes, but she never thought it would go viral.

Toowoomba helps make life a little better for Kids in Need

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (author)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Al Kristensen shows Campbell Higgins and Matt Giddy the thermal imaging camera which makes up part of the fire fighting equipment during a tour on HMAS Toowoomba's open day. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Al Kristensen shows Campbell Higgins and Matt Giddy the thermal imaging camera which makes up part of the fire fighting equipment during a tour on HMAS Toowoomba's open day.

As one of 55 'open house' locations across Sydney on 30 May, 500 members of the public were welcomed aboard Anzac class frigate, HMAS Toowoomba, for 'super-charity' - NSW Kids in Need.

Survival training a hit in Taree

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Students form Chatham High learn the proper survival at sea techniques to keep warm during a training demonstration. (photo: Unknown)

Students form Chatham High learn the proper survival at sea techniques to keep warm during a training demonstration.

The HMAS Albatross Armoury team recently visited Taree, New South Wales, where they spent three days teaching sea survival skills  to local teenagers. Over 100 students from Chatham High were put through a range of drills which also emphasised the importance of self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.

Amphibious veterans return to Borneo in honour of lost mates

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author)

90 year old Royal Australian Navy Second World War Veteran Mr. Bryan Wearne (HMAS Manoora) explains to Australia’s Federation Guardsman, AB Elyse MacPherson how he came ashore on Balikpapan Beach in Borneo, in May 1945.
 (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

90 year old Royal Australian Navy Second World War Veteran Mr. Bryan Wearne (HMAS Manoora) explains to Australia’s Federation Guardsman, AB Elyse MacPherson how he came ashore on Balikpapan Beach in Borneo, in May 1945.

When 90 year old Bryan Wearne last visited Balikpapan beach, he was under enemy fire during one of the most ambitious Australian amphibious operations of the Second World War. 70 years later, Bryan and fellow Royal Australian Navy veteran Pat Curtis have returned to Borneo to relive past adventures and to honour lost mates. 

Toowoomba exercise Freedom of Entry

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Stefan Stuart (author)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company parade the Freedom of Entry certificate through Toowoomba city. (photo: 28SQN AFID AMB)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company parade the Freedom of Entry certificate through Toowoomba city.

HMAS Toowoomba exercised her right and privilege of Freedom of Entry on 6 June, marching with swords drawn, bands playing, drums beating and colours flying through the City of Toowoomba.

Stirling recognises indigenous links

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Austin (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

Ms Ingrid Cumming, CEO of Kart Koort Wiern and Whadjuk Noongar custodian, delivers a Welcome to Country address and provides details on the indigenous history of the area. Ingrid's address was given to officers and sailors of HMAS Stirling prior to the National Reconciliation Week flag raising ceremony. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

Ms Ingrid Cumming, CEO of Kart Koort Wiern and Whadjuk Noongar custodian, delivers a Welcome to Country address and provides details on the indigenous history of the area. Ingrid's address was given to officers and sailors of HMAS Stirling prior to the National Reconciliation Week flag raising ceremony.

National Reconciliation Week was marked across Australia at the end of May and at HMAS Stirling personnel gathered in respect of the traditional custodians of the region and to celebrate Navy's Indigenous serving members.

Remarkable oration a 'must read' for all Australians

Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author), LEUT Ben Robinson (author)

The gallant last stand of HMAS Yarra (II) painting by David Marshall- HMAS Creswell. (photo: Unknown)

The gallant last stand of HMAS Yarra (II) painting by David Marshall- HMAS Creswell.

Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, delivered the annual Australian Naval Institute's Vernon Parker Oration to a large audience in Canberra on 26 May.

Japanese sailors join the honour roll

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Representing the Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN, salutes after laying a wreath during the Kuttabul commemorative service. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Representing the Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN, salutes after laying a wreath during the Kuttabul commemorative service.

Seventy-three years since the sinking of the ferry HMAS Kuttabul during a Japanese midget submarine attack, a commemorative service has been held, to remember the 19 Australians, two British and six Japanese personnel who perished. 

Navy Diver qualifies for Ironman Challenge

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author)

ABCD Alan Bone, of AUSCDT Four, was one of 11 Defence personnel and members of the Australian Defence Triathlon Club (ADTC) who competed in the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike leg and 42.2km run.  
His time of 9 hours and 46 minutes gained him first place in the 18-24 male division and his spot in the world championships to be held in October. (photo: Unknown)

ABCD Alan Bone, of AUSCDT Four, was one of 11 Defence personnel and members of the Australian Defence Triathlon Club (ADTC) who competed in the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike leg and 42.2km run. His time of 9 hours and 46 minutes gained him first place in the 18-24 male division and his spot in the world championships to be held in October.

A committed sailor has qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, by winning his age category at the Australian Ironman Triathlon at Port Macquarie on May 3.

Oar-some result for Navy rowers

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Members of the Australian Defence Rowing Association practice at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith in preparation for racing on the weekend. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Members of the Australian Defence Rowing Association practice at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith in preparation for racing on the weekend.

Navy rowers helped the Australian Defence Rowing Association achieve its best result at a national event at the 2015 Australian Masters Rowing Championships held in Sydney from May 28-31.