Topic: HMAS Albatross

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.

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.

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.

Symbolic garden the final resting place of Indigenous ex-serviceman

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Attendees at the Ashes Laying Ceremony for the late Mr Matthew Byers at the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home: Aunty Christine Blakeney and Uncle Willy Dixon (centre); Pastor Ray Minniecon (second from right); and Navy Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott (right); with personnel from HMAS Albatross and the Defence Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network - Shoalhaven Chapter. (photo: )

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Attendees at the Ashes Laying Ceremony for the late Mr Matthew Byers at the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home: Aunty Christine Blakeney and Uncle Willy Dixon (centre); Pastor Ray Minniecon (second from right); and Navy Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott (right); with personnel from HMAS Albatross and the Defence Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network - Shoalhaven Chapter.

Members of the Defence Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network - Shoalhaven Chapter and the HMAS Albatross Command team recently attended an Ashes Laying Ceremony at the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home.

Albatross breaks bread with women in need of a hand

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Personnel from the HMAS Albatross Command Team and women from the Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) do the ‘Each for Equal’ gesture - symbolising the campaign for a gender equal world. (photo: )

Personnel from the HMAS Albatross Command Team and women from the Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) do the ‘Each for Equal’ gesture - symbolising the campaign for a gender equal world.

The HMAS Albatross Command Team marked International Women’s Day 2020 by reaching out to women in the local community whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

Bringing in the Lunar New Year in a Dragon Boat

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

The newly formed ‘Mako Paddle Club’ from HMAS Albatross lines up to compete in a dragon boat race at the 2020 Sydney Lunar New Year Festival regatta at Darling Harbour. (photo: Unknown)

The newly formed ‘Mako Paddle Club’ from HMAS Albatross lines up to compete in a dragon boat race at the 2020 Sydney Lunar New Year Festival regatta at Darling Harbour.

Officially formed in November 2019, the Mako Paddle Club recently participated in its first Australian Dragon Boat Federation regatta, at Darling Harbour, during the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival.

Governor-General visits aerial bushfire responders

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Paul Berry (photographer), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities. (photo: Chief Petty Officer Paul Berry)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities.

During a visit to the Shoalhaven and South Coast regions of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia recognised the support provided by ADF personnel to emergency services in response to Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Albatross under fire

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Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway.

For those at HMAS Albatross it might have been hard to miss the irony of fires threatening the base that has helped to fight bushfires for decades, as flames were seen at the western edge of the airfield near Nowra on the NSW south coast.

Fire operations under threat of fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN thanks Station Officer Stephen Peacock of Broadspectrum firefighting service at HMAS Albatross for their service during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN thanks Station Officer Stephen Peacock of Broadspectrum firefighting service at HMAS Albatross for their service during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

HMAS Albatross and its resident squadrons have made a significant contribution to the aerial component of the NSW Rural Fire Service’s bushfire operations, but the efforts of the base’s contracted firefighters have been equally important in keeping the Naval Air Station at Albatross in the fight.

Getting work-life balance right at the hub of Navy aviation

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L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Fiona Sneath; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Braedon McGuinness; Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Kyle McPherson; and Executive Officer HMAS Albatross Commander David Hutchinson at the opening ceremony of the Sea Monkey Garage. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Fiona Sneath; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Braedon McGuinness; Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Kyle McPherson; and Executive Officer HMAS Albatross Commander David Hutchinson at the opening ceremony of the Sea Monkey Garage.

Two exciting new work-life balance initiatives have recently been launched at HMAS Albatross - The Sea Monkey Garage and the Chief Petty Officer Kane Vandenberg Memorial Mountain Bike and Running Trail are already proving popular with members.