Topic: Training

Navy sailor named Apprentice of the Year

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics (ABATV) Justin Macey Winner of the 2013 Illawarra/Southern Region Apprentice of the Year, was guest speaker at the launch of the 2014 awards at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics (ABATV) Justin Macey Winner of the 2013 Illawarra/Southern Region Apprentice of the Year, was guest speaker at the launch of the 2014 awards at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

“Talk about the cream on the cake” is how Able Seaman Justin Macey described the experience of being named 2013 Illawarra & Southern Region Apprentice of the Year.

Seahawks hitch a ride with Air Force for anti-submarine exercise

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Jessica Long (photographer)

S-70B-2 Seahawk is loaded onto a RAAF C-17A Globemaster III for transportation to Western Australia for a joint maritime training exercise. (photo: Jessica Long)

S-70B-2 Seahawk is loaded onto a RAAF C-17A Globemaster III for transportation to Western Australia for a joint maritime training exercise.

The airfield at HMAS Albatross was abuzz with activity late last week when three Seahawk helicopters and 84 personnel from 816 Squadron left for Western Australia to participate in TAMEX, a joint maritime training exercise in anti-submarine warfare.

New officers swap university for uniform

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author and photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Tracey Elliott and Lieutenant Ashley Cox discuss the benefits available under the Undergraduate Entry Scheme to the 2014 Undergraduate Entry Officers’ Course at HMAS Creswell. (photo: LCDR Chloe Wootten)

Lieutenant Commander Tracey Elliott and Lieutenant Ashley Cox discuss the benefits available under the Undergraduate Entry Scheme to the 2014 Undergraduate Entry Officers’ Course at HMAS Creswell.

Twenty five of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest officers ‘dipped their toes in the water’ at HMAS Creswell recently on the week-long Undergraduate Officers’ Entry Course.

New officers bound for the mainland

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Appointees take the oath with Commander Porter aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.                                 (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Appointees take the oath with Commander Porter aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.

Three young Tasmanians were appointed as New Entry Officers for the Royal Australian Navy in a ceremony aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound earlier this week.

New recruits find their feet

Published on by LEUT Melissa Cowling (author), ABML-C Daniel Hancock (photographer)

The first group of recruits for Shipp Division arrive at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus.  (photo: ABML-C Daniel Hancock)

The first group of recruits for Shipp Division arrive at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus.

On the 3 February, 90 brand new recruits joined the Navy. They arrived at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, at HMAS Cerberus, from Darwin, Hobart, Sydney, Perth and everywhere in between to begin an 11-week journey to become sailors.

Like father, like daughter - newest Navy recruit follows in her dad’s footsteps

Published on by Ms Melinda McMullen (author)

Jessica McGannon receives her Royal Australian Navy appointment certificate from her father, Commander John McGannon at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong. 

 (photo: Unknown)

Jessica McGannon receives her Royal Australian Navy appointment certificate from her father, Commander John McGannon at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong.

In a first for Wollongong Defence Force Recruiting, new Midshipman Jessica McGannon was officially sworn into the Royal Australian Navy by her father, Commander John McGannon, in an enlistment ceremony held at the Australian Hydrographic Office earlier this week.

Darwin family fills Navy ranks

Published on by Mr Darryl Johnston (author and photographer)

L-R: Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth; ADFA appointee Matthew Phelps; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin. (photo: Darryl Johnston )

L-R: Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth; ADFA appointee Matthew Phelps; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin.

Matthew Phelps is following in the footsteps of his older brother and sister and has joined the ranks of the Royal Australian Navy.

50th officer intake charts new course

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN; David Waller, Rob Waller, and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Creswell Captain Steven Hussey, RAN, with the life ring of Waller Division. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN; David Waller, Rob Waller, and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Creswell Captain Steven Hussey, RAN, with the life ring of Waller Division.

The 50th New Entry Officers’ Course commenced on 3 February with a significant change in tradition - new names for the Divisions to which the officer trainees belong for the duration of their training.

Resurgent in Mission Readiness

Published on by LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Boarding party members of HMAS Darwin await instructions to disembark personnel during a boarding exercise as part of Darwin's Mission Readiness Evaluation. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Boarding party members of HMAS Darwin await instructions to disembark personnel during a boarding exercise as part of Darwin's Mission Readiness Evaluation.

HMAS Darwin successfully achieved Mission Readiness following a recent evaluation ahead of the scheduled deployment for Operation SLIPPER.

Emotional reunion 50 years on

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author)

The 1963 Royal Australian Naval College Graduating Class with the names of the eight Midshipmen who lost their lives within a year of graduation annotated. (photo: Unknown)

The 1963 Royal Australian Naval College Graduating Class with the names of the eight Midshipmen who lost their lives within a year of graduation annotated.

The Royal Australian Naval College ‘Class of 1963’ returned to HMAS Creswell recently to remember shipmates who were lost in two separate naval tragedies.