Section: Events

Service to mark end of WWII

Published on by CPL Julia Whitwell (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Hayden Rapley, of Australia's Federation Guard, during rehearsal for the Victory in the Pacific 75th anniversary commemorative service, being held at the Australian War Memorial on 15 August. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Hayden Rapley, of Australia's Federation Guard, during rehearsal for the Victory in the Pacific 75th anniversary commemorative service, being held at the Australian War Memorial on 15 August.

A ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII will be held at the Australian War Memorial on 15 August, with members of Australia’s Federation Guard rehearsing their drill for the past two weeks for their role in the catafalque party.

HMAS Canberra holds solemn memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Ryan Tascas (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, lays a wreath to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I) off Savo Island, Solomon Islands. (photo: LSIS Ryan Tascas)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, lays a wreath to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I) off Savo Island, Solomon Islands.

In a solemn sunrise ceremony in the seas of the Solomon Islands, 84 members of HMAS Canberra (III) held tiny wooden crosses bearing the names of the 84 crew who lost their lives in a World War II naval battle fought there by the ship's namesake.

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.

Pushing for better mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Tina Turner (author), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

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)

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.

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.

Navy’s role in sustainable management practices: in focus on World Oceans Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver Daniel Bird, left, and Leading Aircraftman Aiden Galea free a turtle from a discarded fishing net in northern Australian waters, in 2014. (photo: Unknown)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver Daniel Bird, left, and Leading Aircraftman Aiden Galea free a turtle from a discarded fishing net in northern Australian waters, in 2014.

Today the world’s oceans are a vital trade link for countries, supply 3.1 billion people with their primary source of protein, and are recognised for their integral contribution to life on earth.

Kuttabul remembers the night the war came to Sydney

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Leading Seaman Musician Cameron McAllister sounds the Last Post during the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial ceremony held at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Leo Baumgartner)

Leading Seaman Musician Cameron McAllister sounds the Last Post during the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial ceremony held at Garden Island, Sydney.

Along the northern sea wall of Garden Island in Sydney, a small and solemn ceremony was conducted on Monday to remember those lost during the sinking of HMAS Kuttabul (I) in the early hours of 1 June 1942.

Largest officer cohort to graduate

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Commanding Officer Royal Australian Naval College, Commander David Shirvington, RAN, addresses the graduates of NEOC 62 assembled on the parade ground at HMAS Creswell. (photo: CPOIS Kelvin Hockey)

Commanding Officer Royal Australian Naval College, Commander David Shirvington, RAN, addresses the graduates of NEOC 62 assembled on the parade ground at HMAS Creswell.

The Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell has graduated the largest officer cohort in its 107-year history, with 168 members of New Entry Officers' Course (NEOC) 62 completing their initial training.

Training systems officers set the example for virtual learning

Published on by Mr Andrew Cox (author)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy’s Training Force partipate in the Australian Institute of Training and Development Conference 2020 by video link. (photo: )

Members of the Royal Australian Navy’s Training Force partipate in the Australian Institute of Training and Development Conference 2020 by video link.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Training Force proved its adaptability when 21 members participated in the two-day virtual Australian Institute of Training and Development Conference 2020.

Lost men and women of ‘Shark 02’ remembered

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

Executive Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Nigel Rowan RAN lays a wreath at the 'Shark 02' Memorial during the service to remember those lost in the Sea King helicopter crash on 2 April 2005. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Executive Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Nigel Rowan RAN lays a wreath at the 'Shark 02' Memorial during the service to remember those lost in the Sea King helicopter crash on 2 April 2005.

In the close-knit world of Naval Aviation, April 2 is a sombre day for many personnel as they remember and reflect on the loss of nine Australian Defence Force personnel who died when Sea King helicopter ‘Shark 02’ crashed while on a humanitarian support mission on the Indonesian island of Nias in 2005.