Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

Sydney Navy personnel thank their neighbours in style

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band performs as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during HMAS Penguin's annual Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band performs as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during HMAS Penguin's annual Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset.

The Royal Australian Navy's enduring ties to Sydney were on display recently, with north shore locals treated to a stirring display of pomp and pageantry.

Hastings welcomes armed men and women of HMAS Cerberus

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, leads his Ship's Company in the HMAS Cerberus Freedom of Entry to the City of Hastings, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, leads his Ship's Company in the HMAS Cerberus Freedom of Entry to the City of Hastings, Victoria.

When 700 Australian Defence Force members from HMAS Cerberus marched through Main Street, Hastings, Victoria on Saturday, they weren't just re-enacting a tradition; they were acknowledging a shared sense of community and history reaching back 95 years to when sailors first started training in the area at Flinders Naval Base.

Academy class of 2015 graduates

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The Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen AO, RAN, presents Midshipman Dean Gilbert, RAN with the Chief of Navy prize at the ADFA Graduation Parade.

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its graduation parade on Thursday December 10, 2015. 240 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from their military training and tertiary education at the Academy. (photo: John Carroll)

The Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen AO, RAN, presents Midshipman Dean Gilbert, RAN with the Chief of Navy prize at the ADFA Graduation Parade. The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its graduation parade on Thursday December 10, 2015. 240 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from their military training and tertiary education at the Academy.

In one of his final ceremonial tasks as Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen AO, RAN, presented Midshipman Dean Gilbert, with the Chief of Navy Prize at the Australian Defence Force Academy Graduation Parade on 10 December.

On parade for Navy Engineering Week

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN, returns a salute during the Engineering Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN, returns a salute during the Engineering Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, presided over Ceremonial Divisions for more than 350 engineering officers and sailors on 2 December in honour of the inaugural Navy Engineering Week.

Destroyers one keel closer

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Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN and ASC first year electrical apprentice Billy Hewitt hammer the box containing the coin under the keel of the third Hobart Class DDG at the ASC shipyards. (photo: Image courtesy of ASC)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN and ASC first year electrical apprentice Billy Hewitt hammer the box containing the coin under the keel of the third Hobart Class DDG at the ASC shipyards.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined two apprentices to lay the keel for the Royal Australian Navy’s third destroyer, NUSHIP Sydney, on 19 November, at ASC shipyards in Adelaide.

Defence relations strengthened in Da Nang

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Darryl Wagstaff (author), LEUT Filiberto Hernandez (photographer), LSML-S Joshua Matthews (photographer), ABMT Christopher Vellnagel (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Martin Tideswell reaches out to intercept a volleyball during a match between HMAS Sirius and a Vietnamese Navy team. (photo: LEUT Filiberto Hernandez)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Martin Tideswell reaches out to intercept a volleyball during a match between HMAS Sirius and a Vietnamese Navy team.

HMAS Sirius recently conducted a port visit to Da Nang, Vietnam, to further strengthen Australian Defence relations with the Vietnam People's Navy. Australia’s close Defence cooperation with Vietnam dates back to 1998 and forms an important part of the broader bilateral relationship.

Remembrance on operations

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's Chaplain Jon Cox RAN conducts the Remembrance Day service onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is deployed on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Melbourne's Chaplain Jon Cox RAN conducts the Remembrance Day service onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is deployed on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.

On a calm day in the North Arabian Ocean, the ship’s company of HMAS Melbourne paused at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of November to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Australia.

Too many stories to tell on Sydney

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30 June 1995 edition of Navy News, featuring visit to Russia by HMAS Sydney. (photo: Z77)

30 June 1995 edition of Navy News, featuring visit to Russia by HMAS Sydney.

As the Royal Australian Navy prepares to decommission HMAS Sydney this week, some of her ship's company reflect on their service in the frigate.

HMAS Choules remembers the fallen

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), CPOCIS Simon Bagnall (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Members of HMAS Choules ship's company during the Remembrance Day ceremony held onboard while at sea. (photo: CPOCIS Simon Bagnall)

Members of HMAS Choules ship's company during the Remembrance Day ceremony held onboard while at sea.

HMAS Choules, at sea, conducted a clear lower deck on her flight deck, to commemorate Remembrance Day yesterday.

Personal remembrance for Canberra school

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Sue Cougar and Helena Rathouski with daughter Nikolina make a donation to Lucy Cambridge and Paris Morris from St. John Paul College II, Nicholls, as they sell poppies and badges for Remebrance Day in the Gungahlin Market Place. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Sue Cougar and Helena Rathouski with daughter Nikolina make a donation to Lucy Cambridge and Paris Morris from St. John Paul College II, Nicholls, as they sell poppies and badges for Remebrance Day in the Gungahlin Market Place.

Each Remembrance Day, the nation pauses to mark the anniversary of the guns of the Western Front falling silent after more than four years continuous warfare on 11 November 1918. The red poppies of the Western Front have become synonymous with remembrance and a symbol to remember all those who have died or suffered wars and armed conflicts.