Section: People

Indigenous crew member reaps rewards of life at sea

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jordan Davis is currently deployed on Operation ARGOS as part of HMAS Arunta's crew. (photo: LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jordan Davis is currently deployed on Operation ARGOS as part of HMAS Arunta's crew.

One of HMAS Arunta’s Indigenous crew members, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jordan Davis, is relishing his time on a busy regional deployment throughout east Asia.

Chance meeting leads to cultural awakening

Published on by POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (author and photographer)

Staff Officer Navy Indigenous Affairs, Lieutenant Damian Briggs, at Reconciliation Place, Canberra. (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Staff Officer Navy Indigenous Affairs, Lieutenant Damian Briggs, at Reconciliation Place, Canberra.

While Lieutenant Damian Briggs has always known he was Indigenous, it is not something he embraced until recently. In a chance encounter last month at HMAS Albatross, he met Del Bryon and discovered their grandmothers were sisters.

Our Values: Respect

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Danielle Brodie (author), PTE Dustin Anderson (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

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Our Values: Respect

One of the five core Defence Values, Respect is the humanity of character to value others and treat them with dignity.

Nurse practitioner transfers skills from land to sea

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Nadav Harel (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Nursing Officer Lieutenant Commander Roneel Chandra onboard HMAS Adelaide during Exercise SEA WADER 2020. (photo: LSIS Nadav Harel)

Royal Australian Navy Nursing Officer Lieutenant Commander Roneel Chandra onboard HMAS Adelaide during Exercise SEA WADER 2020.

When it comes to Defence careers, few could match for variety that of HMAS Adelaide’s incoming Senior Health Officer, Lieutenant Commander Roneel Chandra.

Flying start for Ballarat’s aviator

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer, Sub Lieutenant Ashley Hill, stands in front of the MRH-60 helicopter, callsign ‘Convict’, embarked on HMAS Ballarat for Exercise MALABAR 2020. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer, Sub Lieutenant Ashley Hill, stands in front of the MRH-60 helicopter, callsign ‘Convict’, embarked on HMAS Ballarat for Exercise MALABAR 2020.

Taking the front seat of an MH-60R helicopter while employing its cutting edge sensor and weapons systems is just another day in the office for Port Macquarie local, Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Sub Lieutenant Ashley Hill.

A long way from the sea

Published on by CAPT James Hook (author)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Asahel Heeney takes a break from her duties at the headquarters of NORFORCE’s Centre Squadron in Alice Springs, where she served as a communicator during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: )

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Asahel Heeney takes a break from her duties at the headquarters of NORFORCE’s Centre Squadron in Alice Springs, where she served as a communicator during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

For one Australian Navy sailor, her first operational deployment was a long way from the sea - Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Asahel Heeney deployed to Alice Springs, 1200km from the ocean, on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Navy Engineer humbled by award

Published on by Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author and photographer), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Siobhan Sturdy receives the phone call advising that she has won the Engineering category in the Australian Defence Magazine's Women in Defence Awards 2020. (photo: )

Lieutenant Commander Siobhan Sturdy receives the phone call advising that she has won the Engineering category in the Australian Defence Magazine's Women in Defence Awards 2020.

The Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) Women in Defence Awards ceremony was live-streamed around the country last week as finalists gathered at various events in front of televisions, phones and computer screens to hear the winners announced.

Outback promotions for sailors

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT James Hook (author), CAPT James Saint (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Christopher Taylor, centre, is promoted during his deployment on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, receiving his new rank slides from Major James Hill and Captain Melanie Verho at a sunset ceremony on Anzac Hill, overlooking Alice Springs. (photo: CAPT James Saint)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Christopher Taylor, centre, is promoted during his deployment on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, receiving his new rank slides from Major James Hill and Captain Melanie Verho at a sunset ceremony on Anzac Hill, overlooking Alice Springs.

Two Darwin-based sailors were recently promoted at a sunset ceremony on Anzac Hill overlooking Alice Springs, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean.

Our Values: Courage

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Danielle Brodie (author), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

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Our Values: Courage

It takes courage to do something you find difficult, but recognising the greater purpose for doing it is important. It may make you nervous or uncomfortable at first but no one ever said leadership and service was easy.

Encouraging STEM achieves award nomination

Published on by Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Deputy Platform Systems Sustainment Manager Lieutenant Commander Siobhan Sturdy speaks with students from Mercedes College at the Submarine Recruiting Team presentation as part of National Science Week held at Mercedes College in Perth, WA. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

Deputy Platform Systems Sustainment Manager Lieutenant Commander Siobhan Sturdy speaks with students from Mercedes College at the Submarine Recruiting Team presentation as part of National Science Week held at Mercedes College in Perth, WA.

Lieutenant Commander Siobhan Sturdy of Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group features in the final of our five-part special feature on the finalists in the Australian Defence Magazine’s Women in Defence Awards 2020.