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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.

Submarine Force brings Christmas joy to families

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

L-R: Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Larissa Maslin; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Steve Merritt; Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Christian Thom; St Vincent de Paul Regional President Mr Edward Wolanski; Mrs Wendy Wolanski; and Mrs Lily Tan at Penola by the Sea Convent, Safety Bay in Western Australia with Submarine Forces donated goods. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

L-R: Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Larissa Maslin; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Steve Merritt; Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Christian Thom; St Vincent de Paul Regional President Mr Edward Wolanski; Mrs Wendy Wolanski; and Mrs Lily Tan at Penola by the Sea Convent, Safety Bay in Western Australia with Submarine Forces donated goods.

In maintaining ties and involvement with the local community, members of the Submarine Force based at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia recently gifted food and toys to the local St Vincent de Paul charity.

Canberra crew scales down for charity

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

A member HMAS Canberra's ship's company abseils down the side of HMAS Canberra during a charity abseiling event. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

A member HMAS Canberra's ship's company abseils down the side of HMAS Canberra during a charity abseiling event.

It’s not every day that ship’s company gets to abseil down the side of one of the largest vessels ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy, but volunteers from HMAS Canberra and HMAS Kuttabul did just that in the name of charity.

Navy Canteens celebrates 65 years of service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN and the youngest member of HMAS Cerberus, Seaman Trainee William Judd, together with Navy Canteens Manager Rhonda Gregg, cut the cake to celebrate Navy Canteen's 65th birthday, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN and the youngest member of HMAS Cerberus, Seaman Trainee William Judd, together with Navy Canteens Manager Rhonda Gregg, cut the cake to celebrate Navy Canteen's 65th birthday, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Navy Canteens has celebrated 65 years of enhancing the lives of Navy people and their families through the provision of morale and welfare services and support.

Disadvantaged youth given a taste of Navy life

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Sheean, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Booth, RAN (third from left) escorts members of the Young and Disengaged Youths Leadership Program and mentors from the Western Australia Police Force, and Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Ann Hooper (right) onboard HMAS Sheean during a recent visit to HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Executive Officer HMAS Sheean, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Booth, RAN (third from left) escorts members of the Young and Disengaged Youths Leadership Program and mentors from the Western Australia Police Force, and Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Ann Hooper (right) onboard HMAS Sheean during a recent visit to HMAS Stirling, WA.

‘Navy immersion’ has been added to the program of events of a Western Australian Police Force and City of Rockingham initiative that seeks to engage young people identified as being at risk of disengaging from school or the community.