NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean and a long way from the usual dinner queue, four lucky members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company enjoyed a sumptuous Lobster dinner in the Commanding Officer’s (CO) cabin.
Close to 100 defence personnel rolled up their sleeves and donated the gift of life, when the Australian Red Cross Blood Donation Service visited HMAS Stirling recently.
Australian Defence Force personnel are playing a vital role as key contributors to Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013, a United States-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission to help improve the lives of people in the Pacific Region.
West Head Gunnery Range (WHGR), an outstation of HMAS Cerberus located in Flinders, Victoria, welcomed residents of the Flinders community to tour their training facilities and witness a firing exercise by the Principle Warfare Officers Course 50 (PWO 50).
CMDR Ben Favelle - The Senior Naval Officer NT and Commanding Officer of patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra - "went to gaol" for a night recently.
Participating in the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Darwin, CMDR Favelle self admitted to the old Fannie Bay Gaol to help raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in the Darwin area.
SBLT Terron Kelly is participating in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer this October 12-13 riding 200kms through scenic New South Wales countryside.
She has so far raised $3112.80 towards her goal of $5000 through a mufti day last week at Fleet Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul.
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.