Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

Combined Task Force end of rotation

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(From left) U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Marine Nationale (French Navy) officials salute during the Combined Task Force 150 Transfer of Authority ceremony held on 13 April 2017. (photo: Supplied)

(From left) U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Marine Nationale (French Navy) officials salute during the Combined Task Force 150 Transfer of Authority ceremony held on 13 April 2017.

Royal Australian Navy personnel embedded in the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East have completed a highly successful counter-terrorism deployment and are heading home.

Supporting Reserve members to serve

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L-R Mr Philip Moss, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer, Serco Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mark Irwin and Lieutenant Commander Mark Shannon during the Reserve and Youth Division Serco Australia Memorandum of Understanding signing in Canberra. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

L-R Mr Philip Moss, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer, Serco Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mark Irwin and Lieutenant Commander Mark Shannon during the Reserve and Youth Division Serco Australia Memorandum of Understanding signing in Canberra.

Serco Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Defence Force in support of Defence Reservists across all of its Australian operations in a move to better support employment of personnel who are members of both organisations.

First and foremost a sailor

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Sharon Palmer (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer), POIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of The Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight salutes members of General Entry 341 Shipp Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of The Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight salutes members of General Entry 341 Shipp Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

When the most senior sailor in the Australian Navy, Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight joined, he wasn’t in it for the long haul. 

From the vineyard to the sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Zachary Johnson (author), LEUT Jannah Wright (photographer), LEUT Danny Finn (photographer)

HMAS Benalla ANZAC Day 2017 Dawn Service in Madang, PNG. (photo: LEUT Jannah Wright)

HMAS Benalla ANZAC Day 2017 Dawn Service in Madang, PNG.

Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Thomas Beddome grew up in rural Eudunda, on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, an area renowned for producing fine wine, golden crops and livestock, never envisaging he would end up living on a ship. 

The last of the few yachties

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Doug Gilling (retd), 95, a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on May 4, 2017. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Doug Gilling (retd), 95, a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on May 4, 2017.

One Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme participant, possibly the last one of the original 500, had a number of narrow escapes during the Second World War.

Tri-service family reunion

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From left, Leanne Codner, Private Elyza Codner, Seaman Jack Codner, Corporal Scott Codner and Greg Codner. (photo: Unknown)

From left, Leanne Codner, Private Elyza Codner, Seaman Jack Codner, Corporal Scott Codner and Greg Codner.

Anzac Day this year was the first time Leanne and Greg Codner had seen their three children together in uniform, making the commemorations in Western Australia effectively a family reunion for the travelling pair who are travelling around Australia in a motor-home.

A fitting close for exhibition

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L-R: Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, VADM Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, and Director of the Australian War Memorial, The Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson, AO, stand during the Australian National Anthem. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

L-R: Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, VADM Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, and Director of the Australian War Memorial, The Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson, AO, stand during the Australian National Anthem.

After travelling more than 200,000 kilometres during its 20-month tenure, the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience closed in Sydney on 27 April. 

Top End welcome for Darwin crew

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LSEW Brooke Gregory, CPOET William Edmondston, WO Jack Parnell, Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin CMDR Phillip Henry and ABBM Amber Phineasa are pictured at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade following the 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service in Darwin. (photo: Unknown)

LSEW Brooke Gregory, CPOET William Edmondston, WO Jack Parnell, Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin CMDR Phillip Henry and ABBM Amber Phineasa are pictured at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade following the 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service in Darwin.

In her final year of service, members of HMAS Darwin’s ship’s company have seized the opportunity to reinforce links with her namesake city.

Navy Cadets commemorate in Port Lincoln

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Cadets from Training Ship Flinders, based at Port Lincoln, South Australia, in front of HMAS Leeuwin during the ship's port visit for Anzac Day. (photo: Midshipman Alanna Stubbs)

Cadets from Training Ship Flinders, based at Port Lincoln, South Australia, in front of HMAS Leeuwin during the ship's port visit for Anzac Day.

More than 2,000 people stood alongside the crew of hydrographic ship HMAS Leeuwin in Port Lincoln for Anzac Day commemorations, and with that level of enthusiasm, no wonder the ship’s company departed with some in tow.

HMAS Success assists DefenceCare

Published on by MIDN Rhys Sheehan (author)

Sub Lieutenant Simon Forster and Midshipman Philip Kingsland sell Anzac badges at ANZ Stadium before the Bulldogs versus Tigers National Rugby League match. (photo: Unknown)

Sub Lieutenant Simon Forster and Midshipman Philip Kingsland sell Anzac badges at ANZ Stadium before the Bulldogs versus Tigers National Rugby League match.

The crew of HMAS Success have been preparing to sail for the upcoming exercises, but still managed to find time to raise funds for their primary charity, RSL DefenceCare.