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Boarding operations a career goal for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOCSM Matt Jacob (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small preparing to conduct Boarding Party training prior to commencing operations in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small preparing to conduct Boarding Party training prior to commencing operations in the Middle East region.

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small is a long way from the small banana farm he grew up on in Wamuran, Queensland.

Communications sailor on task in Middle East

Published on by By CPOCIS Adam Bamford (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Sean Perrett coordinates ship movements via morse code on the bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Sean Perrett coordinates ship movements via morse code on the bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region.

Part of Australia's team in the Middle East region, contributing to counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction operations, is a sailor more familiar with patrol boats than frigates.

Canine connection breeds wellbeing

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (author)

Able Seaman Cryptologic-Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs (L-R) Ari and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Able Seaman Cryptologic-Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs (L-R) Ari and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, Western Australia.

Time apart from families due to postings, deployments or training is a routine part of Navy life, and Navy members are increaingly finding that an emphasis on wellbeing helps the team supplement endurance and increase energy.

Arctic Star awarded 75 years on to Navy veteran

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Martin Grogan (author), SBLT Samuel Penfold (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN,  Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, and Mr Ken Brown a World War II veteran who was presented with a British award - the Arctic Star for service in the areas above the Arctic Circle during World War II. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, and Mr Ken Brown a World War II veteran who was presented with a British award - the Arctic Star for service in the areas above the Arctic Circle during World War II.

During a ceremony at HMAS Cerberus late last year, retired Lieutenant Commander Ken Brown was awarded the Arctic Star for his service north of the Arctic Circle during the Second World War.

Father and son mark a momentous career

This article has photo gallery Published on by By Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

(R-L) Executive Officer HMAS Adelaide, Commander David Tietzel, CSM, RAN, stands proudly with his father Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Colin Tietzel who has just completed 53 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

(R-L) Executive Officer HMAS Adelaide, Commander David Tietzel, CSM, RAN, stands proudly with his father Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Colin Tietzel who has just completed 53 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

January was a month of milestones for the Fleet Air Arm’s Quality Assurance Inspector and Auditor, with Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Colin Tietzel marking not only his 53rd year of service in the Royal Australian Navy, but also his birthday and retirement.

ICT leadership recognised with Conspicuous Service Medal

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Commander Gemma Pumphrey received a Conspicuous Service Medal for her work in Defence communications and information infrastructure and services. (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)

Commander Gemma Pumphrey received a Conspicuous Service Medal for her work in Defence communications and information infrastructure and services.

Commander Gemma Pumphrey has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List for her meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Defence communications and information infrastructure and services.

Navy increases lifesaving blood donations

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Department of Defence ambassadors to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge donated plasma to Australian Red Cross in Canberra on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 to support National Blood Donor Week. (L-R) Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, APS civilian Mr Adam Friederich and Warrant Officer Chris Boardman. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Department of Defence ambassadors to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge donated plasma to Australian Red Cross in Canberra on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 to support National Blood Donor Week. (L-R) Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, APS civilian Mr Adam Friederich and Warrant Officer Chris Boardman.

The results of the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge are in, with Navy picking up the honours for highest year-on-year growth, increasing blood donations by a massive 38 per cent.

Darwin’s submarine commemorated

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN, Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN, Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin.

A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.

Malaysia and Australia celebrate joint Defence arrangements

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), Unknown (photographer)

The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr Rod Smith, PSM helps Brigadier General Dato' Shamsudin bin Kassim, RMAF, Rear Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar bin Yahya, RMN, Lieutenant General Datuk Azizan bin Mohd Delin and Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN cut the cake marking the 25th anniversary of the Malaysian Australian Joint Defence Program. (photo: Unknown)

The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr Rod Smith, PSM helps Brigadier General Dato' Shamsudin bin Kassim, RMAF, Rear Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar bin Yahya, RMN, Lieutenant General Datuk Azizan bin Mohd Delin and Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN cut the cake marking the 25th anniversary of the Malaysian Australian Joint Defence Program.

Australians and Malaysians have come together to mark the 25th birthday of one of the Australian Defence Force’s most significant regional relationships.

Emotional ceremony at Bangka

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author and photographer), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre.

Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy.