Section: People

From avionics to opportunity to honour

Published on by Dave Devlin (author), CPL Kyle Genner (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Jarryd Capper from Australia's Federation Guard based in Canberra, after a rehearsal for the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium.  (photo: CPL Kyle Genner)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Jarryd Capper from Australia's Federation Guard based in Canberra, after a rehearsal for the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium.

A posting to the Australian Defence Force’s ceremonial unit, Australia’s Federation Guard, in Canberra, has fulfilled one sailor’s goal of travelling to parts of the world he believed out of his reach.

From bells to baptism for Navy’s chaplaincy

This article has photo gallery Published on by Leading Seaman Lee-Anne Cooper (author and photographer)

As a baby, Damon Jackson was baptised at the HMAS Stirling Chapel in 1997 by Chaplain Robert Graue. The two are now both posted to HMAS Stirling 20 years on and caught up at the Chapel of St Paul at HMAS Stirling to reflect on their past history. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

As a baby, Damon Jackson was baptised at the HMAS Stirling Chapel in 1997 by Chaplain Robert Graue. The two are now both posted to HMAS Stirling 20 years on and caught up at the Chapel of St Paul at HMAS Stirling to reflect on their past history.

The odds of performing a wedding ceremony for a young Navy couple, baptising their son and then sitting next to him to reflect the events 20 years later, is extremely slim, but the Navy is one big family and stranger things have happened.

Drug testing trial enhances detection

Published on by By Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

A Urinalysis testing kit which remains an effective method for prohibited substance testing and deterrence of drug use. (photo: Unknown)

A Urinalysis testing kit which remains an effective method for prohibited substance testing and deterrence of drug use.

The Australian Defence Force is trialling hair and saliva testing as part of the Prohibited Substance Testing Program, from 1 October to 31 July next year, the new regime will be in addition to the existing urine tests.

Getting on board the gap year

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Lucito Irlandez (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Gap Year sailors watch from the flight deck as a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard, lands aboard HMAS Adelaide, off the coast of Queensland during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Gap Year sailors watch from the flight deck as a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard, lands aboard HMAS Adelaide, off the coast of Queensland during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

The Australian Defence Force Gap Year – Navy is an opportunity for young Australians to experience military training, service and lifestyle through a year-long program, with no further obligations on the participant to continue to serve.

Senior sailor’s star performance

Published on by LCDR Fiona Southwood (author), MAJ Chris Linden (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Paul O'Keefe celebrates his 40th year in the Royal Australian Navy in the Junior Sailors Cafe aboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Chief Petty Officer Paul O'Keefe celebrates his 40th year in the Royal Australian Navy in the Junior Sailors Cafe aboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

Forty years of dedicated service by Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Paul ‘Jock’ O’Keefe was recently celebrated by the crew of HMAS Newcastle, deployed to the Middle East region.

All at sea for fifth Middle East deployment

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Kypreos stands on the gun direction platform of HMAS Newcastle whilst on Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Kypreos stands on the gun direction platform of HMAS Newcastle whilst on Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region.

Father of four, Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Kypreos, had to settle for a long-distance Father’s Day this year, as he’s on operational service in the Middle East, serving in HMAS Newcastle.
 

View from the top for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

Regularly flying over the Great Barrier Reef is one of the perks of the job for Able Seaman Hydrographic System Operator Scott Thomas, who is part of the small but highly-skilled Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder or LADS, Flight based in Cairns.

Childcare support service ongoing

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Leading Seaman Emily Bridge with her husband Cameron and son Hunter moments before embarking in HMAS Newcastle for departure to the Middle East region.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Leading Seaman Emily Bridge with her husband Cameron and son Hunter moments before embarking in HMAS Newcastle for departure to the Middle East region.

Navy people and their families facing the daunting task of finding childcare, or before and after school care, can now get a helping hand from a dedicated team the Defence Community Organisation.

Communicator coordinates in the Middle East

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Communication Information Systems Ted Cummins at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.  (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Communication Information Systems Ted Cummins at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

Thousands of defence personnel from across the world are working to stop piracy and illegal drug trafficking in the Middle East region – among those is Commander Ted Cummins.

Industry outplacement increases capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABATV Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Scott measures a bore for a mine hunter generator at Wartsila Australia in Huntingwood, Sydney. (photo: ABATV Kieren Whiteley)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Scott measures a bore for a mine hunter generator at Wartsila Australia in Huntingwood, Sydney.

The organisation providing maintenance, repair and refurbishment services to the fleet is embarking on a new program to raise the skill and capability of its workforce by engaging the support of private industry.