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Drug testing trial enhances detection

Published on by By Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

A Urinalysis testing kit which remains an effective method for prohibited substance testing and deterrence of drug use. (photo: Unknown)

A Urinalysis testing kit which remains an effective method for prohibited substance testing and deterrence of drug use.

The Australian Defence Force is trialling hair and saliva testing as part of the Prohibited Substance Testing Program, from 1 October to 31 July next year, the new regime will be in addition to the existing urine tests.

All at sea for fifth Middle East deployment

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Kypreos stands on the gun direction platform of HMAS Newcastle whilst on Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Kypreos stands on the gun direction platform of HMAS Newcastle whilst on Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region.

Father of four, Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Kypreos, had to settle for a long-distance Father’s Day this year, as he’s on operational service in the Middle East, serving in HMAS Newcastle.
 

View from the top for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

Regularly flying over the Great Barrier Reef is one of the perks of the job for Able Seaman Hydrographic System Operator Scott Thomas, who is part of the small but highly-skilled Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder or LADS, Flight based in Cairns.

Childcare support service ongoing

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Leading Seaman Emily Bridge with her husband Cameron and son Hunter moments before embarking in HMAS Newcastle for departure to the Middle East region.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Leading Seaman Emily Bridge with her husband Cameron and son Hunter moments before embarking in HMAS Newcastle for departure to the Middle East region.

Navy people and their families facing the daunting task of finding childcare, or before and after school care, can now get a helping hand from a dedicated team the Defence Community Organisation.

Communicator coordinates in the Middle East

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Communication Information Systems Ted Cummins at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.  (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Communication Information Systems Ted Cummins at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

Thousands of defence personnel from across the world are working to stop piracy and illegal drug trafficking in the Middle East region – among those is Commander Ted Cummins.

Industry outplacement increases capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABATV Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Scott measures a bore for a mine hunter generator at Wartsila Australia in Huntingwood, Sydney. (photo: ABATV Kieren Whiteley)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Scott measures a bore for a mine hunter generator at Wartsila Australia in Huntingwood, Sydney.

The organisation providing maintenance, repair and refurbishment services to the fleet is embarking on a new program to raise the skill and capability of its workforce by engaging the support of private industry.

Combined experience supports operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Terrence Garside at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Terrence Garside at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

Forty years ago, a seaman was pushing aircraft around a flight deck as a 17-year-old, and the idea of one day becoming a Commander within Aviation seemed like an impossible dream.

Systems sailor navigates I-sea-T

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Communications and Information Sailor Timothy Hall at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.  (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Communications and Information Sailor Timothy Hall at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

While the bulk of the Australian Navy presence in the Middle East region is patrolling the region’s waters in the frigate, HMAS Newcastle, one Petty Officer’s job is to keep the communications links on point from ashore in United States Navy headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.

More on offer than prayers

Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author), Jay Cronan (photographer)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, launched in January 2017. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, launched in January 2017.

Seeking chaplaincy support, counsel and assessment is much more common than you might think.

Newcastle’s operationally deployed dads

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Anthony Adams holds a picture of his new born son Cameron onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East Region.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Anthony Adams holds a picture of his new born son Cameron onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East Region.

More than 1,700 Australian Defence Force personnel are deployed in the Middle East on operations this Father’s Day – and amongst those who are fathers and grandfathers, 10 have just become new dads.