Topic: HMAS Albatross

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Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts.

For centuries ship’s bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of Navy vessels and their crews. They are routinely used to signal the hour on board a ship and to regulate sailors’ watches but one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ship's bell as a baptismal font for christenings.

Recognition for deserving Warrant Officer

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Warrant Officer Simon Koch of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre (AJAAC) is presented with his Australia Day Medallion by Lieutenant Commander Darren Naseto, Commanding Officer of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Warrant Officer Simon Koch of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre (AJAAC) is presented with his Australia Day Medallion by Lieutenant Commander Darren Naseto, Commanding Officer of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.

Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Simon Koch, currently serving as the Training Officer at the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre at HMAS Albatross, was at home enjoying parental leave with his new baby daughter when he received a call from his Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Darren Nasato RAN.

Change of command at HMAS Albatross

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Captain Gordon Andrew hands the HMAS Albatross 'weight' and command of HMAS Albatross to Captain Simon Bateman. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Captain Gordon Andrew hands the HMAS Albatross 'weight' and command of HMAS Albatross to Captain Simon Bateman.

After two years in command, Captain Gordon Andrew formally handed over command of HMAS Albatross to aviator Captain Simon Bateman at a ceremony in Nowra last week.

Albatross gives Men’s Shed a flying start to 2014

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presents, from left, Kevin Camm, John Wasskiw, Frank Eyck and Keven Renneberg of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with the proceeds of the 2013 ‘Tour the T’ at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presents, from left, Kevin Camm, John Wasskiw, Frank Eyck and Keven Renneberg of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with the proceeds of the 2013 ‘Tour the T’ at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presented representatives of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with a cheque for $600, which will assist the Nowra Men’s Shed in their aim to improve men’s health and well-being by creating opportunities for social interaction among men and raising awareness of men’s health issues.

Shoalhaven students set to soar

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Rob Crawford (photographer)

The LongLook vocational program students following their graduation. (photo: Mr Rob Crawford)

The LongLook vocational program students following their graduation.

Seven Shoalhaven students delivered a presentation on the complexities of Bernoulli’s Principle, the Dissymmetry of Lift and Anti-torque to an audience of teachers, careers advisers, Navy personnel, and their families as part of their graduation from LongLook, an intensive naval aviation vocational program for high school students run by HMAS Albatross.

Program guides students looking at a career in naval aviation

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Local high school students who have taken part in the Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme with Lieutenant Commander Justin Mangan, Director of Training Authority Aviation Commander Tim Standen, course supervisor Chief Petty Officer Glenn smith and former local students and now midshipmen Dylan Hush and Joel Bulley (back row from left) Victoria Pattie (Shoalhaven High),  Matilda Baard (Shoalhaven High), Joel Longworthy (Nowra High), Jayden Cockley (Bomaderry High), Bailey Hooker (Nowra Anglican College). Front Michael Eccles (Bomaderry High) and Lachlann Conway (Shoalhaven High). (photo: Unknown)

Local high school students who have taken part in the Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme with Lieutenant Commander Justin Mangan, Director of Training Authority Aviation Commander Tim Standen, course supervisor Chief Petty Officer Glenn smith and former local students and now midshipmen Dylan Hush and Joel Bulley (back row from left) Victoria Pattie (Shoalhaven High), Matilda Baard (Shoalhaven High), Joel Longworthy (Nowra High), Jayden Cockley (Bomaderry High), Bailey Hooker (Nowra Anglican College). Front Michael Eccles (Bomaderry High) and Lachlann Conway (Shoalhaven High).

Hundreds of students from schools throughout the Shoalhaven visit HMAS Albatross every year to participate in a wide range of vocational programs.

Albatross shines at car show

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

People inspect the automotive eye candy at the Albatross Show'n'Shine, held nearby HMAS Albatross in Nowra. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

People inspect the automotive eye candy at the Albatross Show'n'Shine, held nearby HMAS Albatross in Nowra.

The HMAS Albatross Show‘n’Shine provides vehicle enthusiasts with a chance to show off their prized cars and bikes in an event which is focused on family fun and raising funds for two charities, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group.

Stonehaven Cup returns to Albatross

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

L-R: Petty Officer Physical Trainer Chris Vale; HMAS Albatross Ships Warrant Officer David Larter; Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Gordon Andrew, RAN; and Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Ryan Eatt with the Stonehaven Cup. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

L-R: Petty Officer Physical Trainer Chris Vale; HMAS Albatross Ships Warrant Officer David Larter; Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Gordon Andrew, RAN; and Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Ryan Eatt with the Stonehaven Cup.

The Stonehaven Cup was originally presented to HMAS Albatross in 1929 by John Lawrence Baird, 1st Viscount Shoalhaven, GCMG, DSO, eighth Governor-General of Australia, for an annual competition between Albatross units to develop teamwork, camaraderie and athleticism amongst both Defence and civilian personnel.

Sod turned for new Seahawk Romeo maintenance facility

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

L-R: COL Noel Beutel, Acting Director General Capital Facility and Infrastructure; The Hon Darren Chester MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence; and Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs use silver shovels during the sod turning ceremony to mark the commencement of construction of the MH-60R facilities at HMAS Albatross. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

L-R: COL Noel Beutel, Acting Director General Capital Facility and Infrastructure; The Hon Darren Chester MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence; and Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs use silver shovels during the sod turning ceremony to mark the commencement of construction of the MH-60R facilities at HMAS Albatross.

“Today, is very much a history making day,” the Commander of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, told guests at a sod-turning ceremony to officially mark the commencement of construction of the MH-60R (Seahawk Romeo) Helicopter Capability facilities at HMAS Albatross yesterday.

HMAS Albatross embraces White Ribbon movement

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Adam Wright (photographer)

Sue Davies, Coordinator YWCA Nowra Domestic Violence Intervention Services pins a White Ribbon on Commander Mat Bradley, Executive Officer HMAS Albatross. (photo: Mr Adam Wright)

Sue Davies, Coordinator YWCA Nowra Domestic Violence Intervention Services pins a White Ribbon on Commander Mat Bradley, Executive Officer HMAS Albatross.

This week, Sue Davies and Louise Williams from the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention Service program were guest speakers at a morning tea held at HMAS Albatross in support of White Ribbon Day and the campaign to stop violence against women.