Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Christopher Taylor, centre, is promoted during his deployment on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, receiving his new rank slides from Major James Hill and Captain Melanie Verho at a sunset ceremony on Anzac Hill, overlooking Alice Springs. (photo: CAPT James Saint)
Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Christopher Taylor, centre, is promoted during his deployment on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, receiving his new rank slides from Major James Hill and Captain Melanie Verho at a sunset ceremony on Anzac Hill, overlooking Alice Springs.

Outback promotions for sailors

Two Darwin-based sailors were recently promoted at a sunset ceremony on Anzac Hill overlooking Alice Springs, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean.

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  • Lieutenant Commander Siobhan Sturdy receives the phone call advising that she has won the Engineering category in the Australian Defence Magazine's Women in Defence Awards 2020. (photo: )

    Navy Engineer humbled by award

    The Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) Women in Defence Awards ceremony was live-streamed around the country last week as finalists gathered at various events in front of televisions, phones and computer screens to hear the winners announced.

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  • A Republic of Singapore Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter lands onboard HMAS Adelaide during Exercise SEA WADER 2020, off the coast of Townsville, Queensland. (photo: LSIS Nadav Harel)

    Australia and Singapore cooperation on show

    HMAS Adelaide has provided a platform for the Republic of Singapore Air Force CH-47 helicopter crews to qualify and land on the RAN’s largest vessels, HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra.

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  • HMAS Ballarat patrols past a large offshore gas platform off the north-west coast of Western Australia. (photo: AB CONNOR WEBBER)

    Ballarat protects energy resources

    The crew of HMAS Ballarat has been reminded of the important role Navy plays in protecting Australia’s vital offshore energy resources, and the nation’s prosperity.

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  • Ship’s company and family members from HMAS Moreton at the Blessing of the Animals service. (photo: )

    Dogs have their day

    HMAS Moreton’s ship’s company and their four-legged friends joined together alongside the Brisbane River as Chaplain Stephen Briggs blessed the members' beloved pets.

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Ellen Shine from the RSLWA Poppy Ladies shows a collection of poppies made and collected, with Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Submarine Nicole Lefel from Submarine Force Headquarters, in the Off Watch Centre at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Preparing poppies

There were many enthusiastic volunteers from HMAS Stirling recently when the RSL Western Australia (RSLWA) Poppy Ladies visited the Base and conducted a poppy making workshop for their upcoming commemorative poppy projects.

Warrant Officer Darren Jago, of HMAS Cerberus, makes his 8th donation of convalescent plasma, supported by Registered Nurse Joy from the Frankston Lifeblood Donor Centre in Victoria. (photo: )

Convalescent plasma - helping to assist others

As a regular blood donor since 2007, Warrant Officer Darren Jago was asked by Red Cross Lifeblood to consider donating convalescent plasma.

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Ship’s company and family members from HMAS Moreton at the Blessing of the Animals service. (photo: )

Dogs have their day This article has photo gallery

HMAS Moreton’s ship’s company and their four-legged friends joined together alongside the Brisbane River as Chaplain Stephen Briggs blessed the members' beloved pets.

Regional Mental Health Manager ADF Centre for Mental Health, Mr Paul Blakley and Mental Health Promotions Coordinator Ali Freesmith in front of the Blue Tree erected at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Range of services to maintain mental health

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day and serves as a reminder of the many mental health services available to Australian Defence Force members.

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Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Robert Pope checking the times during the ‘Relay for Lockdown’ fitness challenge  at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Relay for Lockdown This article has photo gallery

Embracing the use of available technology has assisted the Sport and Recreation team at HMAS Cerberus, to plan and hold specific events in a COVID-safe and socially distanced environment.

(From left to right): ADFA Midshipmen Jackson Smith, Skye Yeaman and Rylie Young prepare for the 2020 Navy and Inter-Service Football Competition in Canberra in late October. (photo: LCDR Sarah West)

Football is coming home as Defence footballers dust off their boots

The Australian Defence Force will welcome the return of football later this month, with the launch of the Navy and Inter-Service Football Competition.