Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

Navy bids farewell to Cape Byron

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Both port and starboard Cape Class Patrol Boat Navy crews stand in a group photograph with Australian Border Force members on the forecastle of Australian Defence Vessel Cape Byron at Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Both port and starboard Cape Class Patrol Boat Navy crews stand in a group photograph with Australian Border Force members on the forecastle of Australian Defence Vessel Cape Byron at Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.

The crew of Australian Defence Vessel Cape Byron gathered on the upper deck to farewell and hand-back the Cape class patrol boat as her duties for Navy completed.

Darwin waves the flag in Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), Paul Redding (photographer)

From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart. (photo: Paul Redding)

From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart.

After farewelling Brisbane recently, HMAS Darwin headed to Hobart last month – her penultimate port of call on her final visit to all coastal capital cities.

Warfare officers graduate

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Principle Warfare Officer Course 53 graduating class photo at HMAS Watson. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Principle Warfare Officer Course 53 graduating class photo at HMAS Watson.

It was a red-letter day at HMAS Watson on 2 May, with one half of the first married couple to graduate from the same Principal Warfare Officers Course also being awarded overall dux. 

Ex-HMAS Sydney retires to Western Australia

This article has photo gallery Published on by Minister for Defence Personnel Media Release (author), LEUT Chris Boardman (photographer)

Ex-HMAS Sydney has left Sydney Harbour today (18 May 2017) to be towed to Western Australia for recycling by Australian company Birdon Pty Ltd. (photo: LEUT Chris Boardman)

Ex-HMAS Sydney has left Sydney Harbour today (18 May 2017) to be towed to Western Australia for recycling by Australian company Birdon Pty Ltd.

Ex-HMAS Sydney IV has left Sydney Harbour to be towed to Western Australia for recycling. 

Fourcroy joins the fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Commanding Officer Cape Fourcroy, Commander Mark Taylor, RAN, stands with his crew on completion of the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy Acceptance Ceremony at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Commanding Officer Cape Fourcroy, Commander Mark Taylor, RAN, stands with his crew on completion of the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy Acceptance Ceremony at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

The first of two Austal-built Cape Class Patrol Boats has officially joined the Royal Australian Navy fleet.

Combined Task Force end of rotation

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author)

(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

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Dan Pinhorn (photographer)

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.