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Stirling gets early spring clean

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

L-R: Royal Australian Navy sailors Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Shamira Altschwager; Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Mel Dennett; Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Stacey Hooper; and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSM, RAN, collect rubbish during the 'Clean Up Stirling Day' activity on board HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

L-R: Royal Australian Navy sailors Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Shamira Altschwager; Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Mel Dennett; Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Stacey Hooper; and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSM, RAN, collect rubbish during the 'Clean Up Stirling Day' activity on board HMAS Stirling, WA.

HMAS Stirling is looking more pristine than usual after a recent whole-of-base clean up to celebrate 41 years of service.

New pilots prepare to take to the skies from sea and land

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Five EC-135s conduct a flyover during the 723 Squadron - Joint Helicopter School Course 003 Graduation at HMAS Albatross, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Five EC-135s conduct a flyover during the 723 Squadron - Joint Helicopter School Course 003 Graduation at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

Set within Navy’s 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross, the Joint Helicopter School was designed to provide the foundation skills needed by future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers to operate the highly sophisticated combat helicopters used by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army.

The Green Ghost and Cobra 16 combine

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LCDR Sidney Raper (photographer)

HMAS Hobart’s embarked MR-60R helicopter ‘COBRA 16’ during first-of-class flight trials off the east coast off Australia. (photo: LCDR Sidney Raper)

HMAS Hobart’s embarked MR-60R helicopter ‘COBRA 16’ during first-of-class flight trials off the east coast off Australia.

Two of Navy’s newest cutting-edge platforms have combined, with the air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart embarking an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and standing up an aviation department for the first time for first-of-class flight trials.

Engineering training takes a French turn

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Simon Patching (author), Simon Ghesquiere (French Navy) (photographer), Jeremy VACELET (French Navy) (photographer), Aurelie PUGNET (French Navy) (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant David Hamilton, wearing French Navy coveralls, works with sailors and officers in the French Navy LHD Tonnerre during his embed for the Jeanne d’Arc deployment. (photo: Simon Ghesquiere)

Sub Lieutenant David Hamilton, wearing French Navy coveralls, works with sailors and officers in the French Navy LHD Tonnerre during his embed for the Jeanne d’Arc deployment.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Sub Lieutenant David Hamilton has returned to Australia after six months embedded with the French Navy.

Victoria Cross recipient shares story to inspire Navy’s emerging leaders

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Adam Piotrowski (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Col Lawrence, AM, RAN, speaks to members of the Royal Australian Navy about 'Motivational Leadership' at the 2019 Navy Emerging Leaders Forum (NELF) held in Cairns. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Col Lawrence, AM, RAN, speaks to members of the Royal Australian Navy about 'Motivational Leadership' at the 2019 Navy Emerging Leaders Forum (NELF) held in Cairns.

Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran was the keynote speaker at the fourth Navy Emerging Leaders forum, held in Cairns in early August.

Divers retrace steps of Aussie diggers at Kokoda

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author)

L-R: Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Joshua Lee; Petty Officer CD James Williams; POCD Ashley Semmens; ABCD Steven Palu; and Chief Petty Officer CD Cameron Schmid (front) attend a Dawn Service at the Isurava Memorial, Papua New Guinea. (photo: Unknown)

L-R: Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Joshua Lee; Petty Officer CD James Williams; POCD Ashley Semmens; ABCD Steven Palu; and Chief Petty Officer CD Cameron Schmid (front) attend a Dawn Service at the Isurava Memorial, Papua New Guinea.

Seventy-seven years ago, the sounds of machine gun fire and exploding grenades were common place throughout the Owen Stanley Ranges in the PNG highlands. Today the only physical evidence of the conflict is decaying plane wreckages and slowly caving bunkers that were once home to Australian soldiers.

Captain Stevenson's ashes committed to the sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Josh Goener (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), ABBM Daniel Goodman (photographer)

Kerry, the daughter of Captain John Stevenson OAM, addresses the crew of HMAS Melbourne after scattering Captain Stevenson's ashes to sea off Gabo Island, Victoria. (photo: ABBM Daniel Goodman)

Kerry, the daughter of Captain John Stevenson OAM, addresses the crew of HMAS Melbourne after scattering Captain Stevenson's ashes to sea off Gabo Island, Victoria.

HMAS Melbourne (III)’s final cruise has also served as a fitting final voyage for the ashes of Captain John Philip Stevenson.

Ultimate recognition for innovative sub-surface solution

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan presents Warrant Officer Paul Ross with a Commendation and Innovation award in front Submarine Force personnel on Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan presents Warrant Officer Paul Ross with a Commendation and Innovation award in front Submarine Force personnel on Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

It was a career milestone for a HMAS Stirling-based submariner when he was presented with both a Chief of Navy Gold Commendation and the Inaugural Chief of Navy Innovation Excellence Award at the same time.

Director Cadets visits Training Ship Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jane Reptik (author)

Cadets and staff of Training Ship Darwin with Director Australian Navy Cadets, Commander Stuart Wheeler, RAN (front row, left); and Commanding Officer Training Ship Darwin, Lieutenant Jane Reptik (front row, right). (photo: Unknown)

Cadets and staff of Training Ship Darwin with Director Australian Navy Cadets, Commander Stuart Wheeler, RAN (front row, left); and Commanding Officer Training Ship Darwin, Lieutenant Jane Reptik (front row, right).

Cadets and staff at Training Ship Darwin were recently privileged to receive a visit from the Royal Australian Navy’s Director Australian Navy Cadets, Commander Stuart Wheeler.

Navy culture a priority

Published on by LEUT Danielle Brodie (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jasmine Lortan (centre) stands with HMAS Penguin personnel during Fleet Divisions at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jasmine Lortan (centre) stands with HMAS Penguin personnel during Fleet Divisions at Garden Island, Sydney.

Dedicated to positively shifting organisational culture, the Royal Australian Navy has merged two key leadership and cultural directorates, forming the Directorate of Navy Culture.