Section: People

Merry Christmas from the Chief of Navy

Published on by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mike Noonan (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

File image: General Entry 367 Emms Division conduct an eyes right to the reviewing officer, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, during their graduation ceremony held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, December 2018. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

File image: General Entry 367 Emms Division conduct an eyes right to the reviewing officer, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, during their graduation ceremony held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, December 2018.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mike Noonan wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas break, and looks forward to seeing you back on deck in 2020.

Reflections on Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race rescue - 21 years on

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

L-R: Warrant Officer Brian ‘Shane Pashley’; John ‘Steamer’ Stanley; Commander Richard Neville; Steve Hamilton former Commanding Officer of HMAS Newcastle; and Director and CEO of the Maritime Museum Kevin Sumption. (photo: )

L-R: Warrant Officer Brian ‘Shane Pashley’; John ‘Steamer’ Stanley; Commander Richard Neville; Steve Hamilton former Commanding Officer of HMAS Newcastle; and Director and CEO of the Maritime Museum Kevin Sumption.

Twenty-one years after they plucked yachtsmen to safety during the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, two Navy aviators reconnected with one of the sailors they saved at the opening of a new exhibition.

The beat goes on with new Director of Navy Music

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSMUSN Jonathan Rendell (author), ABIS Ryan McKenzie (author)

Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke, RAN, right, hands over the Royal Australian Navy Band sword to his successor, Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Mohapp, RAN, at the HMAS Kuttabul Heritage Centre. (photo: ABIS Ryan McKenzie)

Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke, RAN, right, hands over the Royal Australian Navy Band sword to his successor, Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Mohapp, RAN, at the HMAS Kuttabul Heritage Centre.

After four years at the helm of the Royal Australian Navy Band, Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke has handed over the Director of Music - Navy baton to Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Mohapp, at Garden Island in Sydney.

Surprise reunion for HMAS Cerberus recruit school graduates

Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), SGT Kirk Peacock (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer Justin Downey-Price, left, and Operations Analyst Jeffrey Seers together on operations at the Main Operating base in the Middle East Region. (photo: SGT Kirk Peacock)

Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer Justin Downey-Price, left, and Operations Analyst Jeffrey Seers together on operations at the Main Operating base in the Middle East Region.

Twenty years after meeting at HMAS Cerberus Recruit School, a surprise reunion in the Middle East allowed Warrant Officer Justin Downey-Price and Jeff Seers to reminisce about old times - completely unexpected as the two had not been in contact since graduating in 1998.

Navy officer takes command of Joint Health

Published on by Mrs Claudia Henry (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AO, handing over command of Joint Health Command to the incoming Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey, RAN, CSC, during a parade at Campbell Park Offices, Canberra. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AO, handing over command of Joint Health Command to the incoming Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey, RAN, CSC, during a parade at Campbell Park Offices, Canberra.

The dual role of Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and Commander Joint Health was formally handed over to Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey from Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart on 4 December.

Creativity, humour key to a PTIs job at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Louella Yu (author)

Navy Physical Training Instructor Shannon Evans runs a physical training session on the flight deck of HMAS Hobart. (photo: )

Navy Physical Training Instructor Shannon Evans runs a physical training session on the flight deck of HMAS Hobart.

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Shannon Evans says creativity and a sense of humour helped her thrive amid the unique challenges of working at sea during her East Asia Deployment in HMAS Hobart

Tuvaluan police officer makes history at HMAS Creswell

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Ryan Sutherland and MIDN Noah Edberg (author)

Recent New Entry Officers' Course 61 graduate, Constable Walter Esela of the Tuvalu Police Service. (photo: Unknown)

Recent New Entry Officers' Course 61 graduate, Constable Walter Esela of the Tuvalu Police Service.

When New Entry Officers’ Course 61 commenced training at the Royal Australian Naval College in July, it included the first officer of the Tuvalu Police Service to ever attend the Australian initial entry officers’ course.

From the desert to diving for Alice Springs sailor

Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver James Steer checks the communications system on the diver compression chamber in minehunter HMAS Diamantina. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver James Steer checks the communications system on the diver compression chamber in minehunter HMAS Diamantina.

It’s always a little bit surprising to meet someone who grew up surrounded by desert, with the nearest ocean miles away, who then went on to become a Navy Clearance Diver. For Alice Springs local James Steer, that is exactly the career path he chose.

Diamantina awards retention champions

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize.

Two of HMAS Diamantina’s ship’s company have been recognised for their leadership in the Huon class minehunter, receiving Champions of Navy Retention awards from Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt.

Navy Veteran achieves another milestone

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations.

Former Leading Seaman Steward Melville Roy McMillan, who served in HMA Ships Vampire (I) and Stuart (I), was visited at his Victorian nursing home by a delegation of current Navy Stewards to celebrate his 100th birthday this month.