In a time-honoured tradition, sailors of the Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney recently paid a visit to an orphanage in Busan, Republic of Korea, and got to work painting, repairing and carrying out odd jobs to help brighten up the children’s day.
A fierce family rivalry has lead to the Headquarters Northern Command raising more than $650 for the Cancer Council in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser last month.
Today is UN World Hydrography Day and this year’s theme is how hydrography supports the Blue Economy. The ‘blue economy’ refers the sum of all economic activity associated with the oceans, seas, harbours, ports, and coastal zones. The seas and oceans take up 71% of the Earths’ surface area, and more than 90% of Australia’s trade is by sea.
“There is no one word that fully describes the experience,” said LS Susanne Peterson, who recently travelled with two other Navy women to Nepal to lend their hands to a project which builds homes for families living in poverty.
In January 2013, the doors closed on the HMAS Creswell (Royal Australian Naval College) Golf Club after 54 years of chips and putts, but the enthusiasm and generosity of the membership will have a lasting legacy on the Shoalhaven with outstanding funds being donated to two local charities.