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Unit Citation for Gallantry presented to proud sister of 1942 sailor

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Ship's Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, looks on as the Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents a Unit Citation for Gallantry to Ms Betty Davis, which she accepted on behalf of her late brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake, who was killed by enemy action during the sinking of HMAS Yarra (II) in 1942. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Ship's Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, looks on as the Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents a Unit Citation for Gallantry to Ms Betty Davis, which she accepted on behalf of her late brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake, who was killed by enemy action during the sinking of HMAS Yarra (II) in 1942.

This week, Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, presented 83 year old Betty Davis with a Unit Citation for Gallantry, awarded to her late brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake of HMAS Yarra (II).

Navy ‘blokes’ step out on Blokes Day Out

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), CPOMUSN Danny Mulheron (photographer)

(L-R) CPOEW Ray Sangster, POETSM Mat Holmes and CPOB Mick Cooper from HMAS Cerberus volunteered to warm up the crowds by busking some tunes at Blokes Day Out in Melbourne. The trio raised $135 which was donated to support Men's Health Services. (photo: CPOMUSN Danny Mulheron)

(L-R) CPOEW Ray Sangster, POETSM Mat Holmes and CPOB Mick Cooper from HMAS Cerberus volunteered to warm up the crowds by busking some tunes at Blokes Day Out in Melbourne. The trio raised $135 which was donated to support Men's Health Services.

The HMAS Cerberus Navy Community Engagement Program team and Navy Steam Club supported Men’s Health awareness in a very ‘blokey’ way on March 23.

New intake for unique program in Tasmania

Published on by LEUT Darryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Class of 2014: Certificate 1 in Defence Force Cadets with ADF personnel and coordinator Mr Patrick Sullivan, second from left. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Class of 2014: Certificate 1 in Defence Force Cadets with ADF personnel and coordinator Mr Patrick Sullivan, second from left.

Eighteen young Tasmanians commenced a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program leading to a Certificate 1 in Defence Force Cadets in Hobart last week.

$12,000 collected for Legacy at Waratahs vs Rebels match

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik stands with Kerry Morris, left, and Hannah Carling in front of the Legacy tents outside Allianz Stadium, Moore Park in support of Sydney Legacy.
 (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik stands with Kerry Morris, left, and Hannah Carling in front of the Legacy tents outside Allianz Stadium, Moore Park in support of Sydney Legacy.

Royal Australian Navy personnel from the shore establishments HMAS Kuttabul and HMAS Penguin collected donations from generous match goers at the Weary Dunlop Shield rugby game between the Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels last Friday, in support of Sydney Legacy.

Defence Force Recruiting strives for gender diversity

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Wendy Lissing and Captain Jessica Boyd at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar, Canberra.  (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)

Lieutenant Commander Wendy Lissing and Captain Jessica Boyd at the Defence Force Recruiting seminar, Canberra.

With females now representing 51 per cent of the Australian population, recruiting more women into the Royal Australian Navy is a high priority for Defence Force Recruiting this year.

816 Squadron Seahawk engages race fans at Grand Prix

Published on by USN LT Chris Plappert (author and photographer)

Spectators at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne take a close look at the Navy S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. (photo: LT Chris Plappert (USN))

Spectators at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne take a close look at the Navy S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter.

816 Squadron aircrew and maintainers landed in the action zone at Albert Park Raceway last Sunday, to show off the Navy’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter.

Navy helps homeless men in Tasmania

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Andrew ‘Harves’ Harvey and Petty Officer ‘Spike’ Jones on a roll, painting rooms at Bethlehem House in Hobart. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Leading Seaman Andrew ‘Harves’ Harvey and Petty Officer ‘Spike’ Jones on a roll, painting rooms at Bethlehem House in Hobart.

Over the past two weeks, personnel from Navy Headquarters Tasmania have been helping to paint rooms at Bethlehem House, a Hobart facility supporting homeless men.

Navy team scorches field in Balfour Burn

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Navy’s Balfour Burners, rear, left to right, Midshipman (MIDN) Aaron McCarthy, MIDN Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane, Chief Petty Officer Mark Ham and MIDN Zach Hudson. (Front) Commander Stacey Porter and MIDN Emily O’Brien. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Navy’s Balfour Burners, rear, left to right, Midshipman (MIDN) Aaron McCarthy, MIDN Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane, Chief Petty Officer Mark Ham and MIDN Zach Hudson. (Front) Commander Stacey Porter and MIDN Emily O’Brien.

The Balfour Burn is a fun-run conducted annually as a fund-raiser for the Tasmanian charity, St Giles. But it is not all fun! The course is up Launceston’s notorious Balfour Street, known for its exceptionally steep hill which is definitely a ‘low-gear’ hill if driving.

Daniel's close shave

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Daniel Struber, Maintenance Manager at 816 Squadron, has his beard and head shaved by his wife Tina Struber for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave day at 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Daniel Struber, Maintenance Manager at 816 Squadron, has his beard and head shaved by his wife Tina Struber for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave day at 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross.

Petty Officer Daniel Struber was looking forward to 13 March for several reasons, not only did he have his first shave in over six months, but by the end of the day he had raised more than $3000 for cancer research and, having lost the beard he’d cultivated during that time, his son agreed to kiss him goodnight once again.

Pilot urges cadets to reach for the sky

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Vose (photographer)

Midshipman Matthew Vose at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane. (photo: Mr. Vose)

Midshipman Matthew Vose at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.

Midshipman Matthew Vose from HMAS Albatross was back on very familiar territory when he revisited his old school, the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane recently.