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Officer on personal mission to assist cyclone victims

Published on by LCDR Rosemarie Apikotoa (author)

Lieutenant Commander Rosemarie Apikotoa (second from right) with (from left) ‘The Voice’ star Prinnie Stevens, NRL and boxing star John Hopoate and Brenda Hopoate. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Rosemarie Apikotoa (second from right) with (from left) ‘The Voice’ star Prinnie Stevens, NRL and boxing star John Hopoate and Brenda Hopoate.

The people of Ha’apai in the island Kingdom of Tonga faced widespread devastation after Cyclone Ian’s 300 kilometre winds hit the Kingdom on 11 January. At a star studded charity event, ‘Heart and Hand for Ha’apai’ held in Sydney recently was Lieutenant Commander Rosemarie Apikotoa who was called upon to provide a motivational speech to help inspire members of the Tongan Youth of Australia.

Loss of HMAS Perth (I) remembered

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses guests at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses guests at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Two of just six surviving members of HMAS Perth (I), together with descendants of other Perth sailors and Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen RAN gathered at the Australian War Memorial today to commemorate the ship’s loss 72 years ago.

100 years of submarines

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea. (photo: Unknown. Image sourced from the Naval Historical Collection.)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea.

A hundred years ago today, the very first submarines were commissioned into service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Darwin bombing remembered

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LAC Terry Hartin (photographer)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph. (photo: LAC Terry Hartin)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph.

Royal Australian Navy personnel stood side by side their United States counterparts yesterday in commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, which occurred on 19 February 1942.

Theatre project opens the door to awareness

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), Lisa Tomasetti (photographer)

Will Bailey in the Sydney Theatre Company and ADF's 'The Long Way Home'.  (photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

Will Bailey in the Sydney Theatre Company and ADF's 'The Long Way Home'.

Attending opening night of the Australian Defence Force Theatre project, The Long Way Home, was a challenging experience for Leading Seaman Daniel Cunningham who has a special insight into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Smallest vessel draws the largest crowd at MILAN 2014

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

ARDENT SIX crew members embarked in HMAS Childers serve food at the Australian tent during MILAN 2014 food and cultural display alongside Port Blair, India. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

ARDENT SIX crew members embarked in HMAS Childers serve food at the Australian tent during MILAN 2014 food and cultural display alongside Port Blair, India.

HMAS Childers may be the smallest international vessel at MILAN 2014, but the Armidale Class Patrol boat drew the largest crowd at the food and cultural display in Port Blair, India.

Voyager remembered from HMAS Choules

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (author)

Catafalque party onboard HMAS Choules as part of the 50th anniversary of the HMAS Voyager (II) and HMAS Melbourne collision. (photo: AB Chantell Bianchi)

Catafalque party onboard HMAS Choules as part of the 50th anniversary of the HMAS Voyager (II) and HMAS Melbourne collision.

The Royal Australian Navy has held a moving commemorative service onboard HMAS Choules for over 200 survivors and families of the 82 brave souls who lost their lives when HMAS Voyager (II) and HMAS Melbourne (II) tragically collided off Jervis Bay on 10 February 1964.

HMAS Creswell hosts memorial church service for HMAS Voyager (II)

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (author)

The memorial church service for HMAS Voyager (II). (photo: AB Chantell Bianchi)

The memorial church service for HMAS Voyager (II).

A memorial church service was held at HMAS Creswell on Sunday 9 February 2014, for over 100 families and survivors of the tragic collision on 10 February 1964 between HMAS Voyager (II) and HMAS Melbourne (II) which resulted in the loss of 82 lives.

A centenary of submarine service recognised

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Minister for Defence, the Hon David Johnston MP addresses the crowd at the Centenary of Submarines launch, hosted by the Submarine Institute Australia (SIA) and Submarine Association Australia (SAA) at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Minister for Defence, the Hon David Johnston MP addresses the crowd at the Centenary of Submarines launch, hosted by the Submarine Institute Australia (SIA) and Submarine Association Australia (SAA) at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The hundredth anniversary of submarines operating in the defence of Australia was marked by an event held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney today.

816 Squadron confirms attendance at Australian Grand Prix

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

File image: Ford Performance Racing cars with the support of an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 round of the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship at Sandown Raceway. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

File image: Ford Performance Racing cars with the support of an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 round of the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship at Sandown Raceway.

The 2014 Australian Grand Prix is described as a place where power and glory come together so what better place to suit the highly capable Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter than in Melbourne from 14–16 March this year.