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HMAS Canberra soldier comes home

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

Corporal Julie Kling in a magazine onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Corporal Julie Kling in a magazine onboard HMAS Canberra.

Army Corporal Julie Kling is looking forward to coming home to Townsville but her mode of transport is a little different this trip.

Navy closing the gap

Published on by LEUT Robert Valler (author)

Recruits polish their boots as part of the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan. (photo: Unknown)

Recruits polish their boots as part of the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan.

Undertaking initial training is arguably a life changing experience for all sailors in the Royal Australian Navy, and for the 15 most recently enlisted Indigenous Recruits it promises to make a positive change for not only themselves but for the wider community. 

Entertaining around the globe

Published on by FLTLT Daniel Phillips (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Dan McIlvride from the Royal Australian Navy Band sets up sound equipment on the flight deck of HMAS Success prior to the final show of a Forces Entertainment Tour of the Middle East Region in March 2015. (photo: CPL David Cotton)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Dan McIlvride from the Royal Australian Navy Band sets up sound equipment on the flight deck of HMAS Success prior to the final show of a Forces Entertainment Tour of the Middle East Region in March 2015.

Toowoomba musician Dan McIlvride can say he has travelled the world to entertain Australian troops after deploying to the Middle East as a part of a Forces Entertainment tour in March.

A slice of Morphett Vale in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABIS Jake Badior (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Seaman Boatswains Mate Amy Thomas prepares to conduct a 12.7mm firing on the Gun Deck of HMAS Success while on patrol in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Seaman Boatswains Mate Amy Thomas prepares to conduct a 12.7mm firing on the Gun Deck of HMAS Success while on patrol in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

At just 20 years of age, Seaman Boatswains Mate Amy Thomas today finds herself a long way from home, serving her country on HMAS Success in the Gulf of Aden during her first deployment with the Royal Australian Navy.

ADF pay rise on the horizon

Published on by Department of Defence (author)

Stock image: The Australian Government has agreed to seek approval from the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal to vary the wage offer for Australian Defence Force personnel from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent a year. (photo: Unknown)

Stock image: The Australian Government has agreed to seek approval from the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal to vary the wage offer for Australian Defence Force personnel from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent a year.

The Australian Government has adjusted the framework for the 2014 Australian Defence Force Workplace Remuneration Arrangement to include provision for personnel to receive a pay increase.

A family proud to serve

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

From left, Seaman Star Taylah Slavik-Rolfe, Elaine Slavik and Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Mezz Slavik, at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus Victoria. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

From left, Seaman Star Taylah Slavik-Rolfe, Elaine Slavik and Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Mezz Slavik, at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus Victoria.

Ninety-eight of Navy's newest Recruits formally completed their initial training at the Royal Australian Navy’s Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus on 6 March, but one family was marking the entry of its third generation into the Australian Defence Force.

Marching for diversity and inclusion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), CPL David Said (photographer)

Australian Defence Force members and supporters march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.  (photo: CPL David Said)

Australian Defence Force members and supporters march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

On 7 March, Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade included the largest Defence contingent ever seen.

Contribution of women celebrated

Published on by CAPT John Metzl (author), LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), Russell Baker (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Some of Navy's highest ranked female officers at a recent promotion ceremony, Commodore Katherine Richards, Commodore Stephanie Moles, Rear Admiral Jenny Firman, Rear Admiral Robyn Walker and Commodore Michele Miller.  (photo: Russell Baker)

Some of Navy's highest ranked female officers at a recent promotion ceremony, Commodore Katherine Richards, Commodore Stephanie Moles, Rear Admiral Jenny Firman, Rear Admiral Robyn Walker and Commodore Michele Miller.

Interntional Women's Day 2015 is celebrated on 8 March and people across the Navy have held events to highlight the importance of gender equality and recognise its contribution to capability.

Service Medallion awarded for first time

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Bruce Dougan was presented with the first service Gold Medallion after completing over 48 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Chief Petty Officer Bruce Dougan was presented with the first service Gold Medallion after completing over 48 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

From 1 March this year, all permanent Navy members leaving full time service for the first time, will receive a service medallion - gold for over 20 years, silver for over 10 years and bronze for between four and 10 years of service.

Personal touch rewarded

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (author)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN presents Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Renee Kennedy with her Australia Day medallion and her Operational Service Medal for Border Protection. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN presents Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Renee Kennedy with her Australia Day medallion and her Operational Service Medal for Border Protection.

With 1,400 Defence members onboard, the pace at the HMAS Albatross Personnel Unit is unrelenting. With a steady stream of enquiries on a diverse range of issues, anyone who has visited can attest to the professionalism and strong customer focus of the staff.