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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.

Hometown hello

Published on by LEUT Matt Green (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (author)

Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Georgina Brooks on the flag deck of HMAS Perth. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Georgina Brooks on the flag deck of HMAS Perth.

A port visit to Hobart, provided a perfect opportunity for a family catch-up for one Perth-based sailor recently.

Memory competition has an Australian flavour.

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Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Zulkarnain Naim, at the final ceremony presentations of the Prince Sultan International Military Al Quran Memorisation Competition, Riyadh Air Base. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Zulkarnain Naim, at the final ceremony presentations of the Prince Sultan International Military Al Quran Memorisation Competition, Riyadh Air Base.

The Royal Australian Navy is primed to represent Australia at the next Prince Sultan International Military Quran Memorisation Competition.

 

Newcastle local hangs up his boots

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

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator - Aircraft Controller Timothy Walker stands with a Seahawk Helicopter inside the hanger on board HMAS Melbourne.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator - Aircraft Controller Timothy Walker stands with a Seahawk Helicopter inside the hanger on board HMAS Melbourne.

After hanging up his rugby boots, Novacastrian Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator - Aircraft Controller Tim Walker has found his vocation controlling military aircraft in the Royal Australian Navy. 

Keeping the faith

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

Chaplain Russell Smith, leads a Sunday church service in the Joint Briefing Room onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Chaplain Russell Smith, leads a Sunday church service in the Joint Briefing Room onboard HMAS Canberra.

Sundays have got a little more holy on HMAS Canberra of late as the ship’s company now has their own chaplain onboard.

Walking for Tara and White Ribbon

Published on by LCDR Don Hogarth (author), LCDR Don Hogarth (photographer)

Navy was well represented with White Ribbon Ambassadors and families touched by the tragedy that unfolded. PO Stevie Barrie, PO Ronnie Tullipan were amongst the volunteers offering support to the many walkers on the day. (photo: Unknown)

Navy was well represented with White Ribbon Ambassadors and families touched by the tragedy that unfolded. PO Stevie Barrie, PO Ronnie Tullipan were amongst the volunteers offering support to the many walkers on the day.

An estimated 5,000 people congregated at Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin on 22 March, to bring attention to domestic violence issues and support White Ribbon - a national campaign to end men's violence against women.