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Innovative Navy aviator builds new model for deployable capability

Published on by CPO Chris Marsh (author), LACW Jacqueline Forester (photographer)

Able Seaman Zacharie Wright-Hansen, right, last year at the Sea Power Conference with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, centre, and Seaman Rosemaree Scarpino. (photo: LACW Jacqueline Forester)

Able Seaman Zacharie Wright-Hansen, right, last year at the Sea Power Conference with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, centre, and Seaman Rosemaree Scarpino.

The deployable nature of maritime aviation is ever-evolving, with its assets required in areas as diverse as the back of a ship, embarked on a C-17 or land-based.

Remembering our role in the Battle of the Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive.

Today, many Australians are unaware that the Battle of the Coral Sea was fought in waters that lap Queensland’s coast. However, in 1942, with fears that Australia was facing invasion, our population understood all too well the importance of it.

Engineers prove up to the challenge on board Navy's largest warship

Published on by SBLT Joseph Melbin (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Scott Soeberg conducts routine checks in the engineering spaces aboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Scott Soeberg conducts routine checks in the engineering spaces aboard HMAS Adelaide.

As HMAS Adelaide moved towards conclusion of First of Class Flight Trials off the coast of Queensland, her 130-strong engineering team had reason to look proudly back at their achievements during the challenging maintenance period that preceded the trials.

First Navy graduates of Air Force personnel capability course

Published on by FLGOFF Lily Lancaster (author)

Navy Maritime Human resources Officers Lieutenant Karen Dwyer and Lieutenant Megan Haines graduate from the RAAF Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course. (Images were taken separately due to physical distancing requirements, and stitched together in post-editing) (photo: )

Navy Maritime Human resources Officers Lieutenant Karen Dwyer and Lieutenant Megan Haines graduate from the RAAF Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course. (Images were taken separately due to physical distancing requirements, and stitched together in post-editing)

Birthday celebrations were in order last month when Air Force and Navy together welcomed Navy’s newest specialisation, Maritime Human Resources.

Reservist test pilot returns for flight trials in HMAS Adelaide

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (author and photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Michael Hardy is currently completing reserve time onboard HMAS Adelaide as an MH-60 Romeo test pilot for the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Lieutenant Commander Michael Hardy is currently completing reserve time onboard HMAS Adelaide as an MH-60 Romeo test pilot for the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit.

Flying helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy is a childhood dream come true for Lieutenant Commander Michael Hardy - he grew up watching Westland Sea King and Douglas A4 Skyhawk aircraft fly overhead from nearby HMAS Albatross.

Navy provides a helping hand

Published on by LEUT Alex Hetherington (author), CPL Chris Beerens (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Logistics Operator Jessica Gould is part of the Navy contingent at the JTF 629 Headquarters element in Sydney, Australia.  (photo: CPL Chris Beerens)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Logistics Operator Jessica Gould is part of the Navy contingent at the JTF 629 Headquarters element in Sydney, Australia.

Since the end of March, Navy has been contributing to Headquarters Joint Task Force 629 as part of the contribution to the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. 28 personnel ranging in rank from Seaman to Commodore are assigned, and their skills and experience are filling crucial roles.

Fleet Cyber Unit deploys in support of Op MANITOU

Published on by LCDR Simon Kelly (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Networks Jackson Cronin explains the results of a test to Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Brittany Ely while onboard HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Networks Jackson Cronin explains the results of a test to Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Brittany Ely while onboard HMAS Toowoomba.

Defending HMAS Toowoomba and deployed for the first time on operations in the Middle East is an element of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Cyber Unit - working across multiple systems and defending networks against cyber attack.

Landlocked sailors help out

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Nick Hawkins (author), TPR Jonathan Goedhart (photographer), PTE Stuart Rayner (photographer)

Members of the Australian Defence Force assist Queensland Police Service at a Police Check Point on the border of New South Wales and Queensland at Amosfield for Operation COVID-19 Assist. (photo: TPR Jonathan Goedhart)

Members of the Australian Defence Force assist Queensland Police Service at a Police Check Point on the border of New South Wales and Queensland at Amosfield for Operation COVID-19 Assist.

Royal Australian Navy personnel have been working alongside their Australian Army colleagues contributing to the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic across country Queensland - in some cases hundreds of kilometres from the ocean.

Fearless mums make a difference in Toowoomba

Published on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba's three mums on the forecastle while the ship is berthed at Bahrain, from left, Chaplain Kate Lord, Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Deborah Schluter and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kiralee Ekin. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba's three mums on the forecastle while the ship is berthed at Bahrain, from left, Chaplain Kate Lord, Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Deborah Schluter and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kiralee Ekin.

As the majority of ship’s company in HMAS Toowoomba woke up to call their mums and partners to wish them a happy Mothers’ Day, the shoe was on the other foot for some women serving aboard Toowoomba in the Middle East.

Navy ‘supplies’ a fulfilling career

Published on by LSIS Craig Walton (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Brodie Blaik keeps the store room in order onboard HMAS Toowoomba while the ship is on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Brodie Blaik keeps the store room in order onboard HMAS Toowoomba while the ship is on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.

A rewarding career that provides both job security and an opportunity to travel the world caught the eye of 20-year-old Adelaide local Brodie Blaik.