Section: People

Navy commemorates first female Warrant Officer

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author)

First Warrant Officer for the WRANS Lenore Maiden, right, being congratulated by the OIC WRANS Chief Officer Norma Uhlmann at HMAS Cerberus in 1972. (Image published in Navy News 24 November 1972) (photo: )

First Warrant Officer for the WRANS Lenore Maiden, right, being congratulated by the OIC WRANS Chief Officer Norma Uhlmann at HMAS Cerberus in 1972. (Image published in Navy News 24 November 1972)

The Royal Australian Navy has paid tribute to a sailor who paved the way for women in service by becoming the first woman promoted to the highest rank as a senior sailor.

Ride another day: mitigating motorcycle risk in Navy

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

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Kate Johnstone stands by her motorcycle at the Australian Defence Force Motorcycle Rider Safety training program held at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Kate Johnstone stands by her motorcycle at the Australian Defence Force Motorcycle Rider Safety training program held at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW.

Between 2006 and 2016, there were around 530 reported motorcycle vehicle accidents involving Australian Defence Force Personnel which resulted in minor to serious injuries. The statistics also recorded at least one fatality per year.

Aussie officers venture to the High Arctic with Canadian colleagues

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author)

L-R: ADF's Air Force Squadron Leader Samantha Couper; Army Major Julien McMahon; and Navy Lieutenant Commander Jacqueline Swinton at the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre at Resolute Bay, Canada. (photo: )

L-R: ADF's Air Force Squadron Leader Samantha Couper; Army Major Julien McMahon; and Navy Lieutenant Commander Jacqueline Swinton at the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre at Resolute Bay, Canada.

In February, three Australian Defence Force Officers ventured into the High Arctic region, where they were taught how to survive extreme cold conditions as part of an experiential learning program run by the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre.

Maitland flies the flag for inclusion during Timor-Leste visit

Published on by MIDN Charlotte Menhinick (author)

Female crew members of HMAS Maitland welcome their Timor-Leste military counterparts during a port visit to Dili. (photo: Unknown)

Female crew members of HMAS Maitland welcome their Timor-Leste military counterparts during a port visit to Dili.

Female crew members of HMAS Maitland met with their counterparts from the Timor-Leste military during a recent port visit to Dili.

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.

Missile firing takes electronics technician to cloud nine

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Katie Thorburn onboard HMAS Hobart during a port visit to Melbourne, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Katie Thorburn onboard HMAS Hobart during a port visit to Melbourne, Victoria.

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Katie Thorburn joined the Navy from Maryborough, Queensland, at 17 and has achieved more in her young life than most 23 year olds could dream of.

Navy engineer sets her trajectory for space

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Lieutenant Kate Cox visits Questacon in Canberra, after returning from a visit to NASA's Space Camp 2019. Lieutenant Cox has goals to travel into space. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Lieutenant Kate Cox visits Questacon in Canberra, after returning from a visit to NASA's Space Camp 2019. Lieutenant Cox has goals to travel into space.

Navy Aviation Engineer Lieutenant Kate Cox has taken one small step towards a truly stellar ambition after attending Space Camp 2019, spending 10 days in the US visiting The Spaceship Company, the Northrup Grumman Headquarters and the US Space and Rocket Centre.