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

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

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.

DUGONG tests shallow water mine countermeasures

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Defence personnel from Australia, United States and New Zealand take part in a live underwater demolition exercise at Bindoon Military Training Area in Western Australia as part of Exercise DUGONG 19. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Defence personnel from Australia, United States and New Zealand take part in a live underwater demolition exercise at Bindoon Military Training Area in Western Australia as part of Exercise DUGONG 19.

RAN’s premier international mine countermeasure exercise recently concluded at Fleet Base West, WA. Exercise DUGONG plays a major role in enhancing interoperability between participating nations in all facets of maritime mine warfare.

Hippo attack and other adventures inspire next-gen of Navy warfare officers

Published on by LEUT Richard Farrelly (author), Mr Jason Artis (photographer)

Adventurer Sarah Davis, standing left, and Lieutenant Richard Farrelly, standing right, with students of the Royal Australian Navy’s Maritime Warfare Officer Course 03 at HMAS Watson. (photo: Mr Jason Artis)

Adventurer Sarah Davis, standing left, and Lieutenant Richard Farrelly, standing right, with students of the Royal Australian Navy’s Maritime Warfare Officer Course 03 at HMAS Watson.

The Royal Australian Navy’s maritime warfare trainees were treated to an inspirational visitor and her tales of death-defying adventure during a recent leadership development activity.

Survey skills strengthened through Aus-Tonga exchange

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Nicholas Rubendra (author and photographer), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

HMAS Melville, left, and HMAS Larrakia berthed at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. (photo: MIDN Nicholas Rubendra )

HMAS Melville, left, and HMAS Larrakia berthed at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The ship’s company of the Leeuwin-class survey ship HMAS Melville provided assistance to the maritime branch of His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga during a recent task group visit to Nuku’alofa.

Naval Police get to know Fijiian counterparts in Suva

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

RAN Naval Police Coxswains with Fiji Police officers on the flight deck of Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide (III) during a visit to Suva, Fiji. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)

RAN Naval Police Coxswains with Fiji Police officers on the flight deck of Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide (III) during a visit to Suva, Fiji.

Fiji Police personnel were welcomed aboard HMAS Adelaide as part of an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group 637.3 enhanced regional engagement activity during a five-day port visit to Suva, Fiji in November.

Navy Christmas in the desert

Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), SGT Kirk Peacock (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 led by Rear Admiral Mark Hill, CSC RAN at Camp Baird, the ADF's main operating base in the Middle East Region. (photo: SGT Kirk Peacock)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 led by Rear Admiral Mark Hill, CSC RAN at Camp Baird, the ADF's main operating base in the Middle East Region.

With around 600 ADF personnel deployed to Operation ACCORDION in the Middle East, a small but passionate group of 20 Navy members are looking forward to Christmas with a difference.

ADF personnel commence support to IMSC headquarters

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CMDR Michael Miller (photographer)

L-R: Squadron Leader Carl Godwin; Lieutenant Commander Daniel McCall; Lieutenant Commander Glenn Suffolk; Lieutenant Commander Darren Cooper and Warrant Officer Dean McLeod at the International Maritime Security Construct Headquarters in the Middle East. (photo: Commander Michael Miller)

L-R: Squadron Leader Carl Godwin; Lieutenant Commander Daniel McCall; Lieutenant Commander Glenn Suffolk; Lieutenant Commander Darren Cooper and Warrant Officer Dean McLeod at the International Maritime Security Construct Headquarters in the Middle East.

Australian Defence Force support for the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) has been strengthened with the deployment of Navy and Air Force members to the IMSC headquarters in Bahrain.

Christmas message from the Navy’s Principal Chaplain

Published on by PCHA Collin Acton (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

File image: Stained glass window in the Royal Australian Navy Chapel, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: )

File image: Stained glass window in the Royal Australian Navy Chapel, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Christmas is almost upon us. Whether religious or not, we can all agree that this is time, in our otherwise busy year, to take stock of what’s important for our wellbeing.

Christmas message from the Warrant Officer of the Navy

Published on by Warrant Officer of the Navy Deb Butterworth (author), LSIS Jake Badior (photographer), LSIS James McDougall (author)

File image: Members of HMAS Success ship's company spell out Merry Christmas during carols on deployment, December 2014. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

File image: Members of HMAS Success ship's company spell out Merry Christmas during carols on deployment, December 2014.

As 2019 draws to a close, here’s a message from Navy’s most senior sailor, Warrant Officer of the Navy Deb Butterworth.

Merry Christmas from the Chief of Navy

Published on by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mike Noonan (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

File image: General Entry 367 Emms Division conduct an eyes right to the reviewing officer, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, during their graduation ceremony held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, December 2018. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

File image: General Entry 367 Emms Division conduct an eyes right to the reviewing officer, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, during their graduation ceremony held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, December 2018.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mike Noonan wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas break, and looks forward to seeing you back on deck in 2020.