Section: People

The last-survivor tames the ‘Twerp’

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author)

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48. (photo: )

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48.

Faced with a scarcity of jobs, former water-tank builder Norman Tame followed his mates and joined the Royal Australian Navy almost 80 years ago.

Trip of a lifetime for second-year Marine Engineer

Published on by CMDR Simon Patching (author)

Marine Engineering Officer Sub Lieutenant Phil Margot during his Jeanne d’Arc training deployment exchange posting with the French Navy. (photo: )

Marine Engineering Officer Sub Lieutenant Phil Margot during his Jeanne d’Arc training deployment exchange posting with the French Navy.

By direct-entry Marine Engineering Officer Sub Lieutenant Phil Margot has been on a training exchange with the French Navy since January, as part of the Jeanne d’Arc training deployment.

Navy Commander back where it all began

Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), WOIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis, poses with the life ring of his former Australian Navy Cadet unit, Training Ship Gayundah. (photo: WOIS Shane Cameron)

Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis, poses with the life ring of his former Australian Navy Cadet unit, Training Ship Gayundah.

When Queensland kid Gerald Savvakis joined the Australian Navy Cadets, he never imagined he would one day return to where it all began as a fully-fledged Navy Commander.

Farewell to Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall - Australia’s most senior submariner

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author)

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, RAN. (photo: )

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, RAN.

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, has died at age 82 in Tasmania.

Defence work experience inspires student to fulfil Navy dream

Published on by Kellee Rollston-Francis (author)

Midshipman Kane Kasemchainan will join the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2021 to study a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. (photo: )

Midshipman Kane Kasemchainan will join the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2021 to study a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

Former Patrician Brothers’ College student Kane Kasemchainan’s journey to the Royal Australian Navy started with a placement in the Defence Work Experience Program.

Bell tolls to mark the life of Nestor’s last surviving shipmate

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author)

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954. (photo: )

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954.

The bell from HMAS Nestor was present at some significant events in the life of the ship’s last surviving crew member, Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Brown.

Climate-shock not enough to stop Dalby’s London-born Boatswains Mate

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Thomas Silburn Evans (author)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate William Roberts, whose love of the sea led him to join the Royal Australian Navy in 2016. (photo: )

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate William Roberts, whose love of the sea led him to join the Royal Australian Navy in 2016.

For Able Seaman Boatswains Mate William Roberts, joining the Royal Australian Navy to spend a career sailing the ocean has been a lifelong pursuit that has stretched halfway across the world.

Italgal man proud of role in shipbuilding program

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Ben Robinson (author), LACW Jacqueline Forrester (photographer)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jimmy Savage with future HMAS Arafura at the Osborne Naval Shipyard. (photo: LACW Jacqueline Forrester)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jimmy Savage with future HMAS Arafura at the Osborne Naval Shipyard.

As the nation works its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jimmy Savage has demonstrated a commitment to Australia and the local community in his role at the Osborne Naval Ship Yard in South Australia.

Navy’s Indigenous Advisors drive change

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), ABIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale leads Bungaree, the Navy's Indigenous Performance Group, during the Chief of Navy handover ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra, in 2014. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale leads Bungaree, the Navy's Indigenous Performance Group, during the Chief of Navy handover ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra, in 2014.

The Royal Australian Navy has a long connection with Australia's proud Indigenous heritage through Navy’s people and operations. Indigenous sailors have served in the Royal Australian Navy since its formation and in the Navies of pre-federation Australia.

High achiever crowns successful year with Queen’s Gold Medal

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Queen's Gold Medal winner Sub Lieutenant Liam Whitfeld on board HMAS Hobart, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Queen's Gold Medal winner Sub Lieutenant Liam Whitfeld on board HMAS Hobart, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

High-achieving Maritime Warfare Officer Sub-Lieutenant Liam Whitfeld has been crowned as the recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for 2019, capping off an already successful 12 months.