When Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Inger Ellingsen was growing up in Norway, she had no inkling that her future career would be on the other side of the globe as part of the team driving the Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship.
Students from Redlynch State College in Cairns brought a tear to the eyes of veterans and serving members alike with their handwritten Anzac letters of thanks, part of a campaign to connect with veterans and serving ADF members who may have felt isolated on Anzac Day 2020.
Growing up in Bunbury, WA, Able Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Stephanie Hart spent her youth commemorating Anzac Day at a local Dawn Service. For Anzac Day 2020 she was on the opposite side of the country – off the coast of Queensland on board HMAS Adelaide.
The opportunity to combine his Indigenous heritage and military service is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for one of Navy’s newest sailors, Seaman Lynton Robbins, who was selected to play didgeridoo at the Australian War Memorial for the Anzac Day national ceremony.
Seaman Boatswains Mate Reece Conquest-Young’s most enduring Anzac Day memory is putting on his great-grandfather’s service medals and attending the local RSL Dawn Service and march. This year is first time he has been at sea on Anzac Day.
Serving Australia and spending Anzac Day at sea is not something HMAS Adelaide Scientific Officer Lieutenant Intae Park envisaged growing up in Seoul, South Korea.
For Senior Medical Officer Commander Douglas Falconer, Anzac Day this year will be marked at sea in HMAS Adelaide rather than at his local RSL Dawn Service.
As dawn breaks over the east coast of Australia this Anzac Day, Maritime Warfare Officer Sub Lieutenant Samantha Randell will be on officer-of-the-watch duty on the bridge of HMAS Adelaide.
Having studied IT at school, and “always having an interest in it”, there was a good chance that Petty Officer Talei Stoll would work in the industry.
Full time Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Ann-Maree Anderson dressed in her Royal Australian Air Force Cadets uniform to receive an Air Force Cadets Force Service Medal from her Navy boss, Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence.