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Great way to qualify

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bianca van Peperzeel in front of HMAS Rankin at Fleet Base West. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bianca van Peperzeel in front of HMAS Rankin at Fleet Base West.

Bribie Island girl Bianca van Peperzeel, grew up girt by sea and now she sails all seven of them in her career in the Navy as part of the Submarine Force. Recently awarded her 'dolphins', a prestigious qualification reserved for submariners, she has visited India whilst serving onboard HMAS Sheean, a Collins class submarine.

Musician blows his own horn in Italy

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Cerberus-based RAN Band member ABMUSN Fletcher Mitchell proudly represented Australia when he performed and taught at the 16th Italian Brass Week. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Cerberus-based RAN Band member ABMUSN Fletcher Mitchell proudly represented Australia when he performed and taught at the 16th Italian Brass Week.

Performing as a soloist at different venues around Florence, Italy, including museums, cathedrals and town squares dating back 800 years, was a highlight of a musician’s recent trip away.

The man behind the lens

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Bradley Darvill collects imagery with an 800mm lens onboard HMAS Arunta during the North East Asian Deployment 2015. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Bradley Darvill collects imagery with an 800mm lens onboard HMAS Arunta during the North East Asian Deployment 2015.

Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Bradley Darvill has the exciting job of capturing all the interesting and amazing things the Royal Australian Navy does on a day to day basis, and in particular, as a member of the ship's company of HMAS Arunta, has the job of the embarked Imagery Specialist during its North East Asian deployment.

Valuing our international relationships

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Steward Jessica Gunning on the bridge wing of the fleet replenishment ship HMAS Sirius.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Steward Jessica Gunning on the bridge wing of the fleet replenishment ship HMAS Sirius.

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operations Jessica Gunning is on board HMAS Sirius currently, providing hospitality services for the ship’s company. Her core role includes daily food preparation and service, coordinating official functions held on board HMAS Sirius and acting as the Commanding Officer's Valet.

Thursday Island sailor keeps Melbourne on task

Published on by LCDR Julian Brett (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell onboard HMAS Melbourne currently on patrol in the Middle East Region on Operation MANITOU. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell onboard HMAS Melbourne currently on patrol in the Middle East Region on Operation MANITOU.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell has achieved some significant milestones in her relatively short Navy career.

Have cannon, will travel

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Unknown (photographer)

The model cannon at sea on board HMNZS Te Kaha in the Dardanelles. (photo: Unknown)

The model cannon at sea on board HMNZS Te Kaha in the Dardanelles.

A small model cannon that was removed from Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks Sergeants’ Mess in October 2014 was returned to the mess on 25 September, resulting in a considerable donation to Legacy.

Take action on World Mental Health Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014.

Saturday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day and the Department of Defence is encouraging everyone to talk freely about concerns, support mechanisms and challenges with mental health.

Courage rewarded at last

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Unknown (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Seventy one years after he was killed during the Second World War, Pilot Officer Jim Hocking will be awarded a Star of Courage. His legend lives on in the Navy through his great nephew, Lieutenant Aaron Hocking. (photo: Unknown)

Seventy one years after he was killed during the Second World War, Pilot Officer Jim Hocking will be awarded a Star of Courage. His legend lives on in the Navy through his great nephew, Lieutenant Aaron Hocking.

A  campaign of handwritten letters by a now 93-year-old Queensland woman has resulted in the overdue awarding of a Star of Courage to an Air Force pilot killed in a fiery crash over England on July 28, 1944.

A busy man gives something back

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy reservist diver from Diving Team 10, Able Seaman Luke Shea, during Exercise DUGONG 15. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Royal Australian Navy reservist diver from Diving Team 10, Able Seaman Luke Shea, during Exercise DUGONG 15.

It’s said if you want a job done, give it to a busy person, this phrase certainly applies to Able Seaman Clearance Diver Luke Shea. A member of Australian Naval Reserve Dive Team Ten, based in the beautiful port city of Hobart, Able Seaman Shea is a family man, the General Manager of Tasmania’s largest automotive group, JMC Automotive, as well as finding time to serve his country as a diver.

Navy engineer helping destroyers become reality

Published on by Danielle DeSantis (author), Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance (photographer)

Commander Tony Miskelly is the Test and Evaluation Manager for the Hobart Class Destroyer project. (photo: Unknown)

Commander Tony Miskelly is the Test and Evaluation Manager for the Hobart Class Destroyer project.

In a unique arrangement between the Royal Australian Navy and the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, a number of Navy personnel are currently embedded in the project to maximise collaboration between industry and Defence. This partnership allows for the Navy to develop ‘technical masters’ of the Hobart class destroyer capability by engaging them early in the project in key engineering and project management roles.