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Diversity the key to 42 year career

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Robert 'Bob' Dokter attained compulsory retiring age on 09 Feb 16 after 42 years service in the Permanent Navy. This occasion was marked with a small ceremony in the offices of Deputy Chief - Navy Rear Admiral Michael Van Balen, AO, RAN, at Russell Offices Canberra. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Commander Robert 'Bob' Dokter attained compulsory retiring age on 09 Feb 16 after 42 years service in the Permanent Navy. This occasion was marked with a small ceremony in the offices of Deputy Chief - Navy Rear Admiral Michael Van Balen, AO, RAN, at Russell Offices Canberra.

From Radar Plotter to Navy Copper, Lieutenant Commander Bob Dokter reflects on a wealth of experience with almost 42 years service.

Young leaders visit Penguin

Published on by WO John O'Brien (author and photographer)

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Senior high school students and their teachers from Sydney’s north recently had an up close look at Navy when they visited HMAS Penguin for a Youth Leadership Forum.

Penguin on hand at Balmoral Swim

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO John O'Brien (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell, following the presentation of the Penguin Shield to the winners, the Castle Hill RSL Dolphins Swim Club. (photo: WO John O'Brien)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell, following the presentation of the Penguin Shield to the winners, the Castle Hill RSL Dolphins Swim Club.

HMAS Penguin personnel have again provided support to the annual Balmoral Swim community fundraiser at Balmoral Beach held on 13 March.

Navy continues to roll up sleeves to save lives

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, donates blood to the Australian Red Cross at the Navy Indoor Sports Centre, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, donates blood to the Australian Red Cross at the Navy Indoor Sports Centre, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Commodore Training Michael Rothwell joined 60 other Navy people of all ranks at the Fleet Gym at HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney, to donate blood on 8 March.

Defence Indigenous Development Program - a graduates perspective

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Trainee Seaman Caleb Ober is a graduate of the Defence Indigenous Development Program. He is currently undertaking the Initial Boatswains Course at the Boatswain Faculty at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Trainee Seaman Caleb Ober is a graduate of the Defence Indigenous Development Program. He is currently undertaking the Initial Boatswains Course at the Boatswain Faculty at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

An innovative program that provides a pathway for Indigenous people from remote communities into Defence is getting top marks from its participants.

Navy reaches out and inland in Northern Territory

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), CPOML-SC Tony Thomas (photographer)

Students and staff from Timber Creek School with CPOML-SC Tony Thomas (Centre), Rear left to right, CPOBM Ray Manley, ABMT Ben Kahler and ABBM Nathan Moore (photo: CPOML-SC Tony Thomas)

Students and staff from Timber Creek School with CPOML-SC Tony Thomas (Centre), Rear left to right, CPOBM Ray Manley, ABMT Ben Kahler and ABBM Nathan Moore

Navy's Northern Territory Community Engagement Program has kicked off for the year with a visit to the remote Northern Territory community of Timber Creek.

Long Tan Awards hit right note at Conservatorium High

Published on by LEUT Ben Robinson (author)

Lieutenant Commander Peter Button, Deputy Director - Fleet Support Contracts office, presented the 2015 Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards at Sydney’s Conservatorium High School in February during their Annual Speech Night. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Peter Button, Deputy Director - Fleet Support Contracts office, presented the 2015 Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards at Sydney’s Conservatorium High School in February during their Annual Speech Night.

Lieutenant Commander Peter Button, Deputy Director - Fleet Support Contracts office, had the honour of presenting the 2015 Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards at Sydney’s Conservatorium High School in February during their annual speech night.

Fleet’s discipline and pride on show for Governor-General

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy assembled during Fleet Divisions held aboard HMAS Adelaide at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy assembled during Fleet Divisions held aboard HMAS Adelaide at Garden Island, Sydney.

The flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, with Sydney Harbour as the backdrop, provided a spectacular setting for Fleet Base East Divisions on 24 March.

Praying for those who serve

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABEWSM Brett Cogdon (author and photographer)

Chaplain Stephen Hutchison recites the RAAF prayer with Chaplain Grant Ludlow (right) and Commander Gavin Reeves during the National Day of Prayer for Defence at Chapel of Saint Paul on HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: ABEWSM Brett Cogdon)

Chaplain Stephen Hutchison recites the RAAF prayer with Chaplain Grant Ludlow (right) and Commander Gavin Reeves during the National Day of Prayer for Defence at Chapel of Saint Paul on HMAS Stirling, WA.

It is said that there are no atheists in fox holes, but for many Navy members their spiritual side can be neglected in the pace of service life. That said for the National Day of Prayer for Defence, some Navy Chaplains joined forces to pray for Defence members and their families as a reminder to acknowledge the sacrifices service can require.

Landing craft move to a new home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author and photographer)

Commander John Navin, ADC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra presents Commodore Rene Vmedina, AFP, Commander Sea Lift Amphibious Force, Philippine Navy, the signed certificate of acceptance for three Landing Craft Heavy vessels, from the Royal Australian Navy, during a recent visit to HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: LEUT Desmond Paroz)

Commander John Navin, ADC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra presents Commodore Rene Vmedina, AFP, Commander Sea Lift Amphibious Force, Philippine Navy, the signed certificate of acceptance for three Landing Craft Heavy vessels, from the Royal Australian Navy, during a recent visit to HMAS Coonawarra.

The Royal Australian Navy’s final three Landing Craft Heavy – ex-HMA Ships BalikpapanBetano and Wewak – were officially signed over to the Philippines Navy at a ceremony held at Darwin’s HMAS Coonawarra naval base recently.