Section: Community

Threads of thanks for leading quilter

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LEUT Elizabeth Fluck (photographer), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters. (photo: LEUT Elizabeth Fluck)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters.

Hundreds of Navy people can attest to the gratitude they felt to be sent a handcrafted, volunteer-made quilt while deployed on operations. Now after eight years supporting Navy people, Mrs Jan-Maree Ball, leader of Aussie Hero Quilts, has been presented with a quilt of her own.

Albatross delivers breakfast club and pizza party to homeless hub

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub. (photo: )

Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub.

Winter is an especially busy time for many Shoalhaven support services, which means the HMAS Albatross Community Engagement Team has also been busy providing assistance however and whenever they can.

Comet Bay College honours its Navy story

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Five former students, now sailors from HMAS Stirling, visited with some senior students and the headmaster at Comet Bay College in WA. L-R: Student Tyron Powles; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Jake Starkie; Comet Bay College Headmaster Mr Jamie Hayres; Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Daniel Molley; Student Hannah Weise; Student Lachlan O'Hehir; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dillon Slater; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chantelle Whitaker; and Seaman Gap Year Marli-Jay Robertson. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Five former students, now sailors from HMAS Stirling, visited with some senior students and the headmaster at Comet Bay College in WA. L-R: Student Tyron Powles; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Jake Starkie; Comet Bay College Headmaster Mr Jamie Hayres; Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Daniel Molley; Student Hannah Weise; Student Lachlan O'Hehir; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dillon Slater; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chantelle Whitaker; and Seaman Gap Year Marli-Jay Robertson.

Serving Navy members from HMAS Stirling recently attended their former school, Comet Bay College in Secret Harbour, Western Australia, as the college acknowledged their service in the school’s Hall of Honour.

Sixty years since Navy bedrock was laid

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author), LSIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson. (photo: LSIS Steven Thomson)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson.

Over 60 years have passed since one of the Navy’s most iconic buildings was erected. On 30 April 1960, the foundation stone for the HMAS Watson Chapel was laid.

Band performance inspires generous donation to Keeping Watch

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place).

Following the experience of a lively monthly ‘Soundwaves’ concert at HMAS Cerberus last year, Mr Patrick Morel was most impressed, and soon after requested a concert at the Cumberland View Retirement Village for himself and his fellow residents.

Engaging communities in a socially distanced world

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Students check out the Navy photographic display installed by HMAS Albatross’ Navy Community Engagement Program team at Ulladulla High School for its Careers Week initiative. (photo: )

Students check out the Navy photographic display installed by HMAS Albatross’ Navy Community Engagement Program team at Ulladulla High School for its Careers Week initiative.

The Navy Community Engagement team at HMAS Albatross has been faced with a few challenges in 2020, with the need to innovate new ways to ‘engage’ with the local community while adhering to social distancing conventions.

Cerberus bleeds for National Blood Donor Week

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Rhiannon Hodge and Seaman Jeremy Giles give blood as part of National Blood Donor Week. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Rhiannon Hodge and Seaman Jeremy Giles give blood as part of National Blood Donor Week.

Every day across Australia someone, somewhere, needs the vital gift of blood. During National Blood Donor Week (14-20 June), Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is celebrating everyone who has helped to make the gift of blood possible in Australia.

Naval Association’s Beachvale Sub-Section keeps watch over today’s sailors

Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author)

Members of the Beachvale Sub-Section of the Naval Association of Australia, who donated $10,000 to Navy’s Keeping Watch charity. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). (photo: )

Members of the Beachvale Sub-Section of the Naval Association of Australia, who donated $10,000 to Navy’s Keeping Watch charity. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place).

The Beachvale Sub-Section of the Naval Association of Australia, located in South Australia, are proud of their motto “Once Navy - Always Navy - binding us all together.”

Albatross book drive brings community together while apart for Reconciliation Week

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020.

HMAS Albatross usually marks National Reconciliation Week by hosting and participating in a range of community events throughout the Shoalhaven, but distancing requirements meant personnel had to consider how to embrace the 2020 theme ‘In This Together’ while physically being apart.

Blue Tree Project - a Stirling initiative for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA.

Garden Island, WA is not only home to Navy’s largest base, HMAS Stirling, but also to unique fauna and flora - including a variety of tree that stands out from the rest, mainly because of its bright blue paint.