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HMAS Launceston celebrates her 13th birthday

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Beau Taylor (author), WO2 Chris Houghton (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant Tayne Mann and Seaman Boatswains Mate Jarrad Jones jointly cut their 23rd birthday cake, celebrated on the same day as HMAS Launceston’s 13th birthday. (photo: )

Sub Lieutenant Tayne Mann and Seaman Boatswains Mate Jarrad Jones jointly cut their 23rd birthday cake, celebrated on the same day as HMAS Launceston’s 13th birthday.

Celebrating a birthday at sea can be a very special experience, especially when that birthday is shared with the ship in which you serve.

Recruits from Navy Indigenous Development Program graduate

Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division are also graduates from the Defence Indigenous Development Program. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division are also graduates from the Defence Indigenous Development Program.

Hard work and determination paid off for recruits from the Navy Indigenous Development Program and Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program as they recently graduated from Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus.

Life at sea experience for future leaders

Published on by LEUT Steph Sackley (author), LEUT Phillip Qin (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley; Commanding Officer Royal Australia Navy College, Commander David Shirvington; and staff and trainees of New Entry Officers' Course 63 form up in observance of social distancing protocols on the bow of HMAS Adelaide in Jervis Bay, NSW. (photo: LEUT Phillip Qin)

Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley; Commanding Officer Royal Australia Navy College, Commander David Shirvington; and staff and trainees of New Entry Officers' Course 63 form up in observance of social distancing protocols on the bow of HMAS Adelaide in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Sailing out of Sydney Harbour for the first time, aboard HMAS Adelaide with five ships trailing in company, is an experience never to be forgotten. For the 167 New Entry Officers’ Course 63 trainees, it was an opportunity almost missed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Adelaide team helps reopen world-class wetlands

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), SGT Jake Sims (photographer), ABIS Sittichai Sakonpoonpol (photographer)

Leading Seaman Daniel Atkins looks out over Elizabeth Reef in search of unexploded ordnance on a MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide. (photo: Sergeant Jake Sims)

Leading Seaman Daniel Atkins looks out over Elizabeth Reef in search of unexploded ordnance on a MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide.

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers have helped to reopen access to Elizabeth Reef, one of the world's most significant and biologically diverse coral reefs situated within the Lord Howe Marine Park.

Navy surfers in focus

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), AC Stewart Gould (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer Electronics Technician Dion Blair surfs at Maroubra Beach, during a training session. (photo: AC Stewart Gould)

Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer Electronics Technician Dion Blair surfs at Maroubra Beach, during a training session.

Members of the Navy Surfriders Association and next generation Defence Imagery Specialists both practised their skills at Maroubra Beach, Sydney.

Adelaide pays tribute to former sailors

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Sittichai Sakonpoonpol (photographer)

Chaplain Simote Finau and crew members of HMAS Adelaide conduct a scattering of ashes memorial service for six former Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: ABIS Sittichai sakonpoonpol)

Chaplain Simote Finau and crew members of HMAS Adelaide conduct a scattering of ashes memorial service for six former Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Adelaide.

The ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide has paid tribute to the lives of six fellow Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Navy Reserve seafarers as their ashes were committed to the sea.

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)

Our Values: Courage (photo: )

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.