Topic: Soldier On

Commander achieves milestone with a little help from a friend

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Andrew Ragless (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Left: CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony. Right: CEO and co-founder of Integra Service Dogs, Mr Ben Johnson; Chair of Navy’s Keeping Watch RADM Peter Laver; CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony; and Chief Joint Operations AIRMSHL Mel Hupfeld following the presentation of the Federation Star clasp to the Defence Long Service Medal and Integra Service Dogs certification to CMDR Davies. (photo: Department of Defence)

Left: CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony. Right: CEO and co-founder of Integra Service Dogs, Mr Ben Johnson; Chair of Navy’s Keeping Watch RADM Peter Laver; CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony; and Chief Joint Operations AIRMSHL Mel Hupfeld following the presentation of the Federation Star clasp to the Defence Long Service Medal and Integra Service Dogs certification to CMDR Davies.

Despite a number of personal and professional challenges, Commander Ian Davies persevered and recently achieved the prestigious milestone of 40 years Navy service.

Trading places underwater for a cause

Published on by ABML-SSM Linda Fielmich (author), Unknown (photographer)

From left: Captain for a Day Winner ABETSM James Delahaye, Soldier On Representative Ms Shannon Hennesy, and CO Dechaineux Commander Dan Sutherland. (photo: Unknown)

From left: Captain for a Day Winner ABETSM James Delahaye, Soldier On Representative Ms Shannon Hennesy, and CO Dechaineux Commander Dan Sutherland.

At the end of a long and successful deployment, most submariners dream of seeing loved ones, a long hot shower and their own bed - and everyone longs for the luxury of open space. As the only person on board with “room to swing a cat”, HMAS Dechaineux Commanding Officer Commander Dan Sutherland recently decided to share this privilege for one day, for a good cause.