New home for ‘fang bosuns’ at HMAS Albatross

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Max Banavar (author), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

The Dental Department stands proudly in front of the entrance to the new dental facility during its opening at the HMAS Albatross Health Centre, NSW.  (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)
The Dental Department stands proudly in front of the entrance to the new dental facility during its opening at the HMAS Albatross Health Centre, NSW.

Commanding Officer Captain Fiona Sneath was surrounded by gleaming smiles at the recent opening of the impressive new dental facility at HMAS Albatross.

The smiles belonged to a wide cross-section of Albatross personnel, the builders Duratec and Estate and Infrastructure group representatives, who all found time in their busy schedules to inspect the state-of-the art facility.

It boasts four dental surgeries adjoining the Albatross Health Centre and cost $2.8 million to build.

While some long-term employees expressed feelings of sadness when the previous dental office was demolished after 47 years of service, guests on the day agreed that the new centre was bright, and most importantly, welcoming.

Health Centre Manager Lieutenant Commander Caz Hacker said the new facility was a “labour of love” by previous and current health centre personnel.

Captain Sneath said while the idea of the new facility was conceived five years ago, it was only in August last year that construction began.

“The current staff are excited with everything the new facility has to offer and are looking forward to serving Australian Defence Force personnel for decades to come,” she said.