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A birthday to remember

Published on by LEUT Nic Hawkins (author), TPR Jonathan Goedhart (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Tony Yarnold, from HMAS Moreton, has worked as the Tactical Operations Centre Watch Keeper and the Duty Officer for Quarantine Control out of Brisbane, Queensland, as part of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: TPR Jonathan Goedhart)

Chief Petty Officer Tony Yarnold, from HMAS Moreton, has worked as the Tactical Operations Centre Watch Keeper and the Duty Officer for Quarantine Control out of Brisbane, Queensland, as part of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

After a 19-year hiatus, Chief Petty Officer Tony Yarnold rejoined the Royal Australian Navy to provide support for Operation COVID-19 ASSIST - and along the way celebrated his 60th birthday.

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author)

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson, May 1980. (photo: )

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson, May 1980.

Rear Admiral Andrew John Robertson, AO DSC RAN - Navy’s most accomplished Gunnery Officer - has died at age 95 in north west New South Wales.

The last-survivor tames the ‘Twerp’

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author)

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48. (photo: )

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48.

Faced with a scarcity of jobs, former water-tank builder Norman Tame followed his mates and joined the Royal Australian Navy almost 80 years ago.

Trip of a lifetime for second-year Marine Engineer

Published on by CMDR Simon Patching (author)

Marine Engineering Officer Sub Lieutenant Phil Margot during his Jeanne d’Arc training deployment exchange posting with the French Navy. (photo: )

Marine Engineering Officer Sub Lieutenant Phil Margot during his Jeanne d’Arc training deployment exchange posting with the French Navy.

By direct-entry Marine Engineering Officer Sub Lieutenant Phil Margot has been on a training exchange with the French Navy since January, as part of the Jeanne d’Arc training deployment.

Changeover switches caps for new challenges

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Gordon Carr-Gregg (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC, AM, promotes Leading Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Morgan Foster to the rank of Midshipman at a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC, AM, promotes Leading Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Morgan Foster to the rank of Midshipman at a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Senior Navy, Army and Air Force officers and sailors gathered at Russell Offices in Canberra this week to acknowledge the promotion of Leading Seaman Morgan Foster to Midshipman, marking a new milestone in her career.

Navy Commander back where it all began

Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), WOIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis, poses with the life ring of his former Australian Navy Cadet unit, Training Ship Gayundah. (photo: WOIS Shane Cameron)

Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis, poses with the life ring of his former Australian Navy Cadet unit, Training Ship Gayundah.

When Queensland kid Gerald Savvakis joined the Australian Navy Cadets, he never imagined he would one day return to where it all began as a fully-fledged Navy Commander.

Farewell to Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall - Australia’s most senior submariner

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author)

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, RAN. (photo: )

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, RAN.

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, has died at age 82 in Tasmania.

Defence work experience inspires student to fulfil Navy dream

Published on by Kellee Rollston-Francis (author)

Midshipman Kane Kasemchainan will join the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2021 to study a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. (photo: )

Midshipman Kane Kasemchainan will join the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2021 to study a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

Former Patrician Brothers’ College student Kane Kasemchainan’s journey to the Royal Australian Navy started with a placement in the Defence Work Experience Program.

Bell tolls to mark the life of Nestor’s last surviving shipmate

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author)

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954. (photo: )

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954.

The bell from HMAS Nestor was present at some significant events in the life of the ship’s last surviving crew member, Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Brown.

Band performance inspires generous donation to Keeping Watch

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place).

Following the experience of a lively monthly ‘Soundwaves’ concert at HMAS Cerberus last year, Mr Patrick Morel was most impressed, and soon after requested a concert at the Cumberland View Retirement Village for himself and his fellow residents.