Topic: Events

Navy reflects on 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Lolita

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

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)

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.

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.

Navy Band brings it all together for National Reconciliation Week

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long and LS Jonathan Rendell (author)

Royal Australian Navy Band members record their individual parts for Navy’s recent 'In This Together' National Reconciliation Week video. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Band members record their individual parts for Navy’s recent 'In This Together' National Reconciliation Week video.

When the Royal Australian Navy Band first pitched the idea of an ‘In This Together’ National Reconciliation Week video, its members had no idea just how collaborative the project would become.

Cyclists find inventive ways to keep training

This article has photo gallery Published on by LS Jayson Tufrey (author)

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: )

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.

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.

Albatross book drive brings community together while apart for Reconciliation Week

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020.

HMAS Albatross usually marks National Reconciliation Week by hosting and participating in a range of community events throughout the Shoalhaven, but distancing requirements meant personnel had to consider how to embrace the 2020 theme ‘In This Together’ while physically being apart.

Waterhen strengthens links with veterans community

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

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Commanding Officer HMAS Waterhen, Commander Rick Westoby, OAM, RAN, with Royal Australian Navy Veteran Geoffrey Johnson in the wardroom at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Commanding Officer HMAS Waterhen, Commander Rick Westoby, OAM, RAN, with Royal Australian Navy Veteran Geoffrey Johnson in the wardroom at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.

War veterans from Navy, Army and Air Force recently took a tour of HMAS Waterhen as it held its inaugural Veterans Day.

Graving Dock continues to serve the nation at 75

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

File image: HMAS Adelaide (III) rests on blocks within Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, after entering dry dock for maintenance, in May 2017. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

File image: HMAS Adelaide (III) rests on blocks within Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, after entering dry dock for maintenance, in May 2017.

The Royal Australian Navy’s most important strategic asset, the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, has turned 75 today.

Senior Sailor inspired by ‘capable and visionary’ female mentors

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019. (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019.

Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott’s passion for her people and to help others drove her to be Navy’s first uniformed Indigenous Liaison in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales.

Navy Minor War Vessel family to welcome first female Senior Technical Officer

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Bianca Ridley during her Chief Petty Officer promotion course. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Bianca Ridley during her Chief Petty Officer promotion course.

Marine Technician Bianca Ridley joined the Navy in 2001, following her grandfather - also a Marine Technician; cousin - a Boatswains Mate; and brother - a Marine Technician, into the service.

Meaningful mentorship inspires former sailor to lead

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Lieutenant Karen Dwyer discusses women’s roles in the Defence Force with her mentors, her partner Squadron Leader Amanda Gosling and the Director Gender Peace and Security, Commander Jennifer Macklin, RAN. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

Lieutenant Karen Dwyer discusses women’s roles in the Defence Force with her mentors, her partner Squadron Leader Amanda Gosling and the Director Gender Peace and Security, Commander Jennifer Macklin, RAN.

Lieutenant Karen Dwyer attributes hard work and the influence of strong and positive mentors for her rewarding career in the Royal Australian Navy to date, which has seen her progress through the ranks from Seaman to Lieutenant in just 13 years.

Impressive woman from the past inspires serving senior sailor

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Amy Vickers, centre, in her role as the Divisional Chief Petty Officer of McClemans Division at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Amy Vickers, centre, in her role as the Divisional Chief Petty Officer of McClemans Division at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell.

Being part of the Navy was a dream job for Amy Vickers from Tasmania. Joining the Navy shortly after her 16th birthday, she did Cadets with TS Hobart and in Year 10 conducted work experience in the Fleet Air Arm at HMAS Albatross.