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Navy squadron helps out Shoalhaven charity

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Members from 816 Squadron and Staff from Noah's Ark, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

Members from 816 Squadron and Staff from Noah's Ark, Nowra.

816 Squadron personnel are more often seen behind the controls of a Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter than a whipper snipper, but the crew took up not only snippers but secateurs, rakes and high pressure hoses with enthusiasm when they signed up for a clean up day at their adopted charity Noah’s Shoalhaven.

Navy locked up for a cause

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Commander Mathew Bradley, RAN, Acting Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross with his wife, Trish Bradley, participating in the PCYC’s annual fundraiser Time4Kids. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Commander Mathew Bradley, RAN, Acting Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross with his wife, Trish Bradley, participating in the PCYC’s annual fundraiser Time4Kids.

Royal Australian Navy personnel in the Shoalhaven have a close working relationship with the region’s emergency services, and are regularly called on to assist in a range of critical situations including search and rescue operations, bushfires and floods. The latest call for assistance was of a very different nature, and while having some very serious aims, involved a large component of fun.

A Stirling day at community expo

This article has photo gallery Published on by LS Bindi Challis (author), CPO Toni Ralph (photographer)

HMAS Stirling's submariner trainees give a lifejacket demonstration to students from Rockingham Beach Primary School during the KidsMatter Community Expo. (photo: CPO Toni Ralph)

HMAS Stirling's submariner trainees give a lifejacket demonstration to students from Rockingham Beach Primary School during the KidsMatter Community Expo.

HMAS Stirling’s Navy Community Engagement Program team and a number of submariner trainees recently took part in the KidsMatter Community Expo at Rockingham Beach Primary School.

Tassie sailors up for the challenge

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Billy the Blood Drop and Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander Stacey Porter, give the Club Red Corporate Challenge the thumbs up. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Billy the Blood Drop and Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander Stacey Porter, give the Club Red Corporate Challenge the thumbs up.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service last week launched the annual national Club Red Corporate Challenge in Hobart, and Navy was there to show its support.

Penguin inspires young leaders

Published on by WO John O’Brien (author), Unknown (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, provides insight into the Navy’s latest ship acquisition to senior high school students, Doria Katos of Mosman High School and Olivia Stainer of Queenwood School for Girls.
 (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, provides insight into the Navy’s latest ship acquisition to senior high school students, Doria Katos of Mosman High School and Olivia Stainer of Queenwood School for Girls.

Sydney base HMAS Penguin recently held its annual Youth Leadership Forum during the nation’s ‘National Youth Week’.

HMAS Penguin shares in community spirit at Balmoral Swim

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

L-R: Seaman Clearance Diver (SMNCD) Jake Thomson, Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, RAN, SMNCD Alex Rogan, SMNCD Mitch Passmore and SMNCD Bryan Josephson after they competed in the Sprint Relay during the  Balmoral Swim For Cancer at Balmoral Beach, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

L-R: Seaman Clearance Diver (SMNCD) Jake Thomson, Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, RAN, SMNCD Alex Rogan, SMNCD Mitch Passmore and SMNCD Bryan Josephson after they competed in the Sprint Relay during the Balmoral Swim For Cancer at Balmoral Beach, Sydney.

Continuing the tradition for the fifth year, HMAS Penguin was proud to once again play a key role in supporting the annual Balmoral Beach Club Swim For Cancer last weekend.

Buoyant spirits not dampened by wet weather

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPO Carl Stewart (photographer)

The 723 and 808 Squadron teams for the Shoalhaven Relay For Life 2014. (photo: CPO Carl Stewart)

The 723 and 808 Squadron teams for the Shoalhaven Relay For Life 2014.

Torrential rain over the Shoalhaven in the days leading up to the Relay for Life meant the event had to be relocated at the last minute and the format had to be reduced. But while the rain played havoc with the logistics, it did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the 1300 participants who raised more than $174,000 for the Cancer Council.

HMAS Newcastle visits the Newcastle Senior School

Published on by LEUT Alec Fieldsend (author), SBLT Mitchell Vines (author)

HMAS Newcastle's Leading Seaman Palmer and Gray enjoy some craft activities with students at the Newcastle Senior School. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Newcastle's Leading Seaman Palmer and Gray enjoy some craft activities with students at the Newcastle Senior School.

The crew of HMAS Newcastle share a close relationship with the Newcastle Senior School, the ship’s nominated charity, and members of the ship’s company take the opportunity to visit the school and its pupils when the ship is alongside her home port.

Training pauses in support of ‘life’

Published on by LEUT Damien Hansen (author and photographer)

Members of New Entry Officers' Course 50 gather at the end of the Nowra/Shoalhaven Relay For Life. (photo: LEUT Damien Hansen)

Members of New Entry Officers' Course 50 gather at the end of the Nowra/Shoalhaven Relay For Life.

On Saturday members of the Royal Australian Navy’s New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) 50 at HMAS Creswell participated in the Nowra Relay For Life.

HMAS Stuart commemorates Anzac Day at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPO Stephen Slack (author), CPOB Ken Lawton (photographer)

Catafalque Guard Commander Lieutenant Simon Dickson, Royal New Zealand Navy delivers a general salute on on the flight deck of HMAS Stuart. (photo: CPOB Ken Lawton)

Catafalque Guard Commander Lieutenant Simon Dickson, Royal New Zealand Navy delivers a general salute on on the flight deck of HMAS Stuart.

As dawn was breaking on Friday 25 April, the crew from HMAS Stuart formed up on the ship's flight deck for an Anzac Day Service.