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Navy sails to blood donation record, turns sights to a Red October

Published on by Mr Josh Williams (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

File image, L-R: Leading Seaman Steward Alister Harrison; Seaman Boatswains Mate Dylan Carew; Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chris Carrick; and Lieutenant Emily Kennedy after donating blood during the 2013 Defence Blood Challenge. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

File image, L-R: Leading Seaman Steward Alister Harrison; Seaman Boatswains Mate Dylan Carew; Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chris Carrick; and Lieutenant Emily Kennedy after donating blood during the 2013 Defence Blood Challenge.

On 9 September, the Royal Australian Navy bled for a cause, smashing the record for the most blood donations in a day in the ACT/NSW area.

Malibu School benefits from Navy’s community-minded leadership training initiative

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPO Martin Ball (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted) (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted)

The School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West regularly provides community support to the Malibu School, in a community-minded initiative that also provides Navy’s sailors with an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.

Navy veteran scores a ton

Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), LEUT Anthony Martin (photographer)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II and is also the year Harold (Tom) Upton turned 100 years old. The Second World War Navy veteran celebrated his century surrounded by family and some new friends from today’s Navy.

Police commendation for brave Navy Diver

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Christopher Wright receives a New South Wales Police Area Commander’s Commendation from Superintendent Dave Darcy, Commander Northern Beaches Police Area Command, at Dee Why RSL Club, in Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Christopher Wright receives a New South Wales Police Area Commander’s Commendation from Superintendent Dave Darcy, Commander Northern Beaches Police Area Command, at Dee Why RSL Club, in Sydney, NSW.

There are plenty of accounts of Navy personnel displaying bravery in dangerous situations at sea, but for one Clearance Diver heroism on land has earned him a special commendation from the New South Wales Police.

Moreton volunteers make great headway with Brisbane Badge Week efforts

Published on by LCDR Anne Mena (author), CPO Paul Cannard (photographer), Kate Scott (photographer)

HMAS Moreton volunteers at Anzac Square, Brisbane, supporting Legacy Badge Week 2019. (photo: CPO Paul Cannard)

HMAS Moreton volunteers at Anzac Square, Brisbane, supporting Legacy Badge Week 2019.

Legacy Week is a time when Legacy sells its iconic badges and other merchandise to raise funds for the vital work it does for families of veterans. Legacy Week is always the first week of September and has been held since World War II.

Roll up, roll up, and be part of Navy’s life-saving record attempt

Published on by Mr Josh Williams (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Leading Seaman Liz McCallum signs up Able Seaman Emma Davies for a blood donation, with Billy the Blood Drop at Navy Headquarters, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Leading Seaman Liz McCallum signs up Able Seaman Emma Davies for a blood donation, with Billy the Blood Drop at Navy Headquarters, Canberra.

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, has called for volunteers to participate in Navy’s record-breaking attempt as part of the 2019 Defence Blood Challenge.

Harman continues its Legacy of support to an important cause

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author)

Mayor of Queanbeyan-Palerang Tim Overall buys the first badge of the 2019 Legacy Badge Week in the Queanbeyan-Palerang area from Able Seaman Morgan Foster. (photo: )

Mayor of Queanbeyan-Palerang Tim Overall buys the first badge of the 2019 Legacy Badge Week in the Queanbeyan-Palerang area from Able Seaman Morgan Foster.

Officers and sailors from HMAS Harman will be out in force from tomorrow selling Legacy bears and badges to raise funds to help the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.

Buy a badge and help families like ours

Published on by LEUT Sarah West and LEUT Jessica Craig (author)

Lieutenant Jessica Craig with her son, and a photo of her late husband, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Peter Craig. (photo: )

Lieutenant Jessica Craig with her son, and a photo of her late husband, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Peter Craig.

Legacy Week is a national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of incapacitated or deceased Australian Defence Force veterans, and Navy officers and sailors will take to the streets, shopping centres and subway stations this week to peddle their wares in support of Legacy.

Blood Challenge accepted

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Peta Magorian (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Sailors and Officers gather with Red Cross staff and Red Cross mascot Billy the Blood Drop at HMAS Stirling to mark the launch of the 2019 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Defence Blood Challenge, Red25. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Sailors and Officers gather with Red Cross staff and Red Cross mascot Billy the Blood Drop at HMAS Stirling to mark the launch of the 2019 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Defence Blood Challenge, Red25.

Officers, sailors, civilian personnel and family members from HMAS Stirling have once again accepted the challenge to compete against the Army and Air Force to take part in the 2019 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Defence Blood Challenge. 

Navy bands from across the seas unite to bring the beat to Martin Place

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

The Japanese Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Band performs with the Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney as part of a Joint Forces concert held at Martin Place in Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

The Japanese Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Band performs with the Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney as part of a Joint Forces concert held at Martin Place in Sydney, NSW.

Last week, the Royal Australian Navy Band - Sydney hosted a public concert in the amphitheatre at Martin Place, Sydney, with the visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron Band.