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Keeping it in the Navy family

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

New Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, stands with his wife Rita; father Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, left; and brother Chaplain James Sutherland, right, after a command supersession on HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

New Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, stands with his wife Rita; father Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, left; and brother Chaplain James Sutherland, right, after a command supersession on HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West.

They say Navy is like one big family but when it comes to three people in the west it’s more a case of a family within a family.

Ongoing health support continues

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samuel Penfold (author)

L-R: Australian Army soldier Corporal Chris May; Major General Mark Kelly (Ret'd) of the Repatriation Commission; Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart; Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Mr Michael Strong; and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne, on 3 February 2017. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

L-R: Australian Army soldier Corporal Chris May; Major General Mark Kelly (Ret'd) of the Repatriation Commission; Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart; Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Mr Michael Strong; and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne, on 3 February 2017.

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service celebrated its 35th birthday on 29 January this year - one of many support services available to serving and former serving Defence personnel.

Sailor continues community mindset

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Robert Griffiths at the flag bin on board HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Robert Griffiths at the flag bin on board HMAS Darwin.

Formerly a store manager of a fast food restaurant, 29-year old Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Robert Griffiths is well versed in community relations.

Captain aims for an equal future

Published on by Department of Defence (author), MAJ Sarah Hutchinson (photographer)

L-R: Lieutenant Colonel Donna Fanning, Ministry of Defence Gender Advisor; and Captain Stacey Porter, Senior Gender Advisor; meet with Brigadier Ian Rigden, Chief Mentor Afghan National Army Officer Academy, during a visit to the ANAOA, in Kabul. (photo: Major Sarah Hutchinson)

L-R: Lieutenant Colonel Donna Fanning, Ministry of Defence Gender Advisor; and Captain Stacey Porter, Senior Gender Advisor; meet with Brigadier Ian Rigden, Chief Mentor Afghan National Army Officer Academy, during a visit to the ANAOA, in Kabul.

Ensuring a future for women in the workplace in Afghanistan comes with challenges one Navy officer is aiming to meet - increasing participation of women in the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, and ensuring they do so in a safe and culturally accepting workplace.

Aero-engineer skills up overseas

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Lieutenant Nabil Mikhail is presented with a plaque by United States Navy Commander Clark Childers. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Nabil Mikhail is presented with a plaque by United States Navy Commander Clark Childers.

In December last year, Australian Navy Lieutenant Nabil Mikhail graduated as a Flight Test Engineer from the United Kingdom’s Empire Test Pilot School in Boscombe Down.

The familial ties that bind

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Daniel MacQueen is reunited with his father Denis MacQueen, on HMAS Choules alongside Hobart. (photo: Unknown)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Daniel MacQueen is reunited with his father Denis MacQueen, on HMAS Choules alongside Hobart.

A visit to Hobart by an Australian warship was enough to bring a former Tasmanian lobster fisherman to tears - reflecting on the service of his two sons in the Royal Australian Navy.

Sailor takes a bow

Published on by LEUT William Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams is a Weapons Maintainer based at the Fleet Support Unit - West in HMAS Stirling, working on location at the BAE Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams is a Weapons Maintainer based at the Fleet Support Unit - West in HMAS Stirling, working on location at the BAE Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia.

Enacting a character in a gritty Western Australian 1800s Western feature film is a far cry from maintaining multiple weapon systems onboard Anzac Class frigates.

Boarding operations a career goal for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOCSM Matt Jacob (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small preparing to conduct Boarding Party training prior to commencing operations in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small preparing to conduct Boarding Party training prior to commencing operations in the Middle East region.

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small is a long way from the small banana farm he grew up on in Wamuran, Queensland. After three years in the Navy he is now deployed to the Middle East region in HMAS Arunta.

Communications sailor on task in Middle East

Published on by CPOCIS Adam Bamford (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Sean Perrett coordinates ship movements via morse code on the bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Sean Perrett coordinates ship movements via morse code on the bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region.

Part of Australia’s team in the Middle East region, contributing to counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and narcotics interdiction operations, is a sailor more familiar with patrol boats than frigates.

Canine connection breeds wellbeing

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA.

Time apart from families due to postings, deployments or training is a routine part of Navy life, and Navy members are increasingly finding that an emphasis on wellbeing helps the team supplement endurance and increase energy.