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'Bandie' honoured in art

Published on by LEUT Debra Holland (author), ABCSO Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Musician Fred Whitson presents a painting of Leading Seaman Musician Colin Hughes to Colin's Wife, Mrs Kay Hughes. Leading Seaman Hughes was killed by a drunk driver while on duty in Cairns in 2012. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Musician Fred Whitson presents a painting of Leading Seaman Musician Colin Hughes to Colin's Wife, Mrs Kay Hughes. Leading Seaman Hughes was killed by a drunk driver while on duty in Cairns in 2012.

Life in the Royal Australian Navy can be like a tight-knit family and that sentiment is no less keenly felt than among 'bandies' - the members of the Royal Australian Navy Band detachments across the country.

Romeo on Show in USA

Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author)

Members of the public inspect the new Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R helicopter during the 2014 Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Air Show. (photo: Unknown)

Members of the public inspect the new Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R helicopter during the 2014 Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Air Show.

The Royal Australian Navy's latest aviation acquisition has been on display at a recent airshow in Florida. 

Anzac’s crew brings home a new capability

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Anzac in Sydney Harbour as she makes her way to home port, Fleet Base East. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

HMAS Anzac in Sydney Harbour as she makes her way to home port, Fleet Base East.

After over six months away from their homeport of Fleet Base East, the crew of HMAS Anzac has returned home with an upgraded ship that brings new capabilities to the Royal Australian Navy.

Fine Navy form in Fremantle

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Lieutenant Alan Clarke, RAN shows off ships fire fighting equipment to Myles Geraghty, age 9 on the flight deck of HMAS Arunta as part of the Maritime Day in Fremantle, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Lieutenant Alan Clarke, RAN shows off ships fire fighting equipment to Myles Geraghty, age 9 on the flight deck of HMAS Arunta as part of the Maritime Day in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Twenty six thousand locals spent a beautiful Spring day at the Port of Fremantle experiencing the sights, sounds and taste of all things maritime on 8 November. The annual Maritime Day at Fremantle Port hosted 45 organisations with stalls, demonstrations and ships open to visitors.

Rendezvous at sea

Published on by LEUT Keith Whitehead (author), French Navy Photographer (photographer), LEUT Keith Whitehead (photographer)

French Ship Vendemiaire sails alongside HMAS Diamantina during in company training at sea.

 (photo: French Navy Photographer)

French Ship Vendemiaire sails alongside HMAS Diamantina during in company training at sea.

French Navy ship FS Vendemiaire and HMAS Diamantina had a sea-borne rendezvous on 29 October, conducting exercises prior to visiting the port of Darwin.

Exercise PARADISE 14 opened

Published on by MIDN Callum Hicks (author), Unknown (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Broome, Lieutenant Commander Michael Kerrisk, meets with Papua New Guinea counterpart, Lieutenant Commander Sebastian Marru from Her Majesty's PNG Defence Force Ships Seeadler in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, during Exercise Paradise 2014.   (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer HMAS Broome, Lieutenant Commander Michael Kerrisk, meets with Papua New Guinea counterpart, Lieutenant Commander Sebastian Marru from Her Majesty's PNG Defence Force Ships Seeadler in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, during Exercise Paradise 2014.

Australia and Papua New Guinea are strengthening cooperation in the areas of maritime surveillance and policing, with Exercise PARADISE 2014, officially opened at a ceremony on 4 November.

Exercise DISTANT SHORES concludes

Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operators (from right) Timothy Vowles, Kaine Caddy and Sean Leahy in HMAS Arunta's operations room during an exercise with Collins Class submarine, HMAS Rankin, off the coast of Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operators (from right) Timothy Vowles, Kaine Caddy and Sean Leahy in HMAS Arunta's operations room during an exercise with Collins Class submarine, HMAS Rankin, off the coast of Western Australia.

Four days of maritime activity off the Western Australian coast has concluded with the end of Exercise DISTANT SHORES. The anti-submarine exercise in the deep waters south of Albany involved Australian, New Zealand and Japanese surface and air units which attempted to locate, identify and isolate submarine HMAS Rankin during graduated warfare serials.

HMAS Anzac calls on Sirius to get topped up

Published on by LCDR Mark Fielder (author and photographer)

HMAS Anzac's replenishment at sea team stand clear as HMAS Sirius refuelling probe approaches the bell housing.  (photo: LCDR Mark Fielder)

HMAS Anzac's replenishment at sea team stand clear as HMAS Sirius refuelling probe approaches the bell housing.

It was the 417th replenishment at sea (RAS) for HMAS Sirius but for the ship's company of HMAS Anzac, the successful refuelling while underway marked the first since Anzac's recent anti-ship missile defence upgrade.

Brunei's last mission

Published on by CMDR Geoff Fiedler (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Brunei serves as the home base for the traditional land owners, archaeologists and crew during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Brunei serves as the home base for the traditional land owners, archaeologists and crew during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War.

HMAS Brunei, has completed her last mission prior to decommissioning, finialising the last job for the landing craft in Royal Australian Navy service.

Huon recovers ghost net

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of HMAS Huon recover a 300kg abandoned fishing net near New Year Island, off the Northern Territory coast.  (photo: Unknown)

Members of HMAS Huon recover a 300kg abandoned fishing net near New Year Island, off the Northern Territory coast.

Navy's minehunters are designed to track sea mines and other underwater hazards but there is another man made threat that can be just as dangerous to marine life and shipping - ghost fishing nets.