Commander Michael O'Driscoll, Commander Combined Task Force 53 (CTF53), left, and Captain Michael Manfield, RAN, Commander Maritime Task Group - Middle East Region present each other with gifts to acknowledge the efforts of CTF53 and HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East region. (photo: UNKNOWN)
Commander Michael O'Driscoll, Commander Combined Task Force 53 (CTF53), left, and Captain Michael Manfield, RAN, Commander Maritime Task Group - Middle East Region present each other with gifts to acknowledge the efforts of CTF53 and HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East region.

Providing maritime support in the Middle East

Supporting the coalition maritime effort in the Middle East is a small team of nearly 20 Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians, embedded across three multi-national operational forces based at the naval support activity, Bahrain.

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  • 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: )

    Band performance inspires generous donation to Keeping Watch

    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.

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  • Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis, poses with the life ring of his former Australian Navy Cadet unit, Training Ship Gayundah. (photo: WOIS Shane Cameron)

    Navy Commander back where it all began

    When Queensland kid Gerald Savvakis joined the Australian Navy Cadets, he never imagined he would one day return to where it all began as a fully-fledged Navy Commander.

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  • 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: )

    Engaging communities in a socially distanced world

    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.

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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: )

Band performance inspires generous donation to Keeping Watch This article has photo gallery

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.

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: )

Engaging communities in a socially distanced world This article has photo gallery

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.

Events

L-R: Chaplain Catherine Wynn-Jones; Mr Bob Austin; Director of Navy Heritage Collections Captain Damien Allan, RAN; and Leading Seaman Musician Andrew Hansch at the Navy Memorial site at Bradleys Head, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Navy reflects on 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Lolita This article has photo gallery

WWII Channel Patrol Boat HMAS Lolita has been remembered at a service held on the 75th anniversary of her loss, at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial at Bradleys Head, Mosman.

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Anthea Baczkowski, a Dental Officer from HMAS Moreton, participates in the Push-Up Challenge held at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, Queensland. (photo: CPL Colin Dadd)

Pushing for better mental health This article has photo gallery

COVID-19 restrictions didn’t stop Defence Force personnel from bases across South East Queensland taking part in the Push-Up Challenge to raise awareness about mental health during May.

Sport

Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam Carruthers, right, and his Australian Fishing Championships XVI partner, Angler Mark Healy, with the 2020 championship trophy. (photo: )

Aircrewman by day, champion fisherman by nature

While fishing is often regarded as a relaxing pastime, this wasn’t the case for Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam Carruthers when he went into the Australian Fishing Championships XVI competition.

Invictus Games 2020 head coach Warrant Officer Geoff Stokes uses Zwift software to maintain fitness while maintaining social distance requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. (photo: )

Cyclists find inventive ways to keep training This article has photo gallery

Today’s new norm of remaining socially distant means new and inventive ways of training need to be used to maintain fitness, especially for those competitive athletes of the Australian Defence Force.