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Immersing himself in submarine command

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

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, right, hands over an historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, right, hands over an historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, WA.

The start of the year heralded a change at the top for the crew of HMAS Dechaineux, with Commander Daniel Sutherland taking charge of the submarine from Commander Robin Dainty.

Airborne survey of the Apple Isle

Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mr Matt Collins (author)

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has deployed to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston. (photo: Mr Matt Collins)

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has deployed to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston.

Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has deployed to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston.

HMAS Darwin - the First Lady of the Fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin Commander Phillip Henry, RAN; Warrant Officer Jo Jordan; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Ashley Martin; Able Seaman Marine Technician Jamal Darawshi; Warrant Officer Andrew Jocumsen; Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN; and Fleet Command Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Stephen Downey stand with the First Lady of the Fleet Trophy during a ceremony held onboard HMAS Darwin. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin Commander Phillip Henry, RAN; Warrant Officer Jo Jordan; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Ashley Martin; Able Seaman Marine Technician Jamal Darawshi; Warrant Officer Andrew Jocumsen; Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN; and Fleet Command Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Stephen Downey stand with the First Lady of the Fleet Trophy during a ceremony held onboard HMAS Darwin.

HMAS Darwin has been recognised as the Navy’s most senior commissioned ship, with the presentation of a newly created perpetual trophy, the First Lady of the Fleet.

Deployed sailors get top level support

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN chats with Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Lauren Hansford, during his visit to Australia's main operating base, Camp Baird, in the Middle East region. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN chats with Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Lauren Hansford, during his visit to Australia's main operating base, Camp Baird, in the Middle East region.

Chief of Navy VADM Tim Barrett and Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight passed through Camp Baird in late December as part of their visit to the Middle East region and HMAS Arunta, deployed to Operation MANITOU.

Football and food Armada-style

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with Chef Jarrad Powell and Apprentice Noah De Souza, from Rustico Tapas & Bar in Rockingham, for a small masterclass in the galley onboard ESPS Cristóbal Colón. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with Chef Jarrad Powell and Apprentice Noah De Souza, from Rustico Tapas & Bar in Rockingham, for a small masterclass in the galley onboard ESPS Cristóbal Colón.

The arrival at Fleet Base West of the Spanish Armada’s ESPS Cristóbal Colón to participate in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2017 has provided an ideal opportunity for the showcasing of two great Spanish loves - football and food.

Year of firsts for Albatross sailor

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016  Engineering Challenge Competition, held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016 Engineering Challenge Competition, held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler has been named the HMAS Albatross Sailor of the Year for 2016, capping off a successful year - he was also part of a team that won the aviation section of the Royal Australian Navy Engineering Challenge.

Cook’s heroic sacrifice saved many

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942.

While Australians paused to commemorate the Bombing of Darwin recently, there was a particular Australian Navy sailor whose actions on 19 February 1942 were keenly remembered.

Aviation world farewells regular

Published on by LEUT Bentley Hon (author)

After a 20 year career in the APS, 17 of which were at Training Authority - Aviation, Mrs Frances Johnson has decided to retire from the Australian Public Service. (photo: Unknown)

After a 20 year career in the APS, 17 of which were at Training Authority - Aviation, Mrs Frances Johnson has decided to retire from the Australian Public Service.

The bustling reception area at Training Authority - Aviation headquarters will not be the same without the very familiar face of office mainstay Mrs Frances Johnson.

‘Thorough’ sailor visits Dechaineux

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author)

Mr Robert Pitman with Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a recent visit to the submarine at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: Unknown)

Mr Robert Pitman with Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a recent visit to the submarine at HMAS Stirling, WA.

Descending the ladder into a submarine was no trouble for Royal Navy veteran, 92-year old Robert Pitman, when the spritely nonagenarian visited HMAS Dechaineux alongside her home port in Western Australia recently.

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.