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Navy officer takes command of Joint Health

Published on by Mrs Claudia Henry (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AO, handing over command of Joint Health Command to the incoming Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey, RAN, CSC, during a parade at Campbell Park Offices, Canberra. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, AO, handing over command of Joint Health Command to the incoming Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey, RAN, CSC, during a parade at Campbell Park Offices, Canberra.

The dual role of Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and Commander Joint Health was formally handed over to Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey from Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart on 4 December.

Creativity, humour key to a PTIs job at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Louella Yu (author)

Navy Physical Training Instructor Shannon Evans runs a physical training session on the flight deck of HMAS Hobart. (photo: )

Navy Physical Training Instructor Shannon Evans runs a physical training session on the flight deck of HMAS Hobart.

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Shannon Evans says creativity and a sense of humour helped her thrive amid the unique challenges of working at sea during her East Asia Deployment in HMAS Hobart

Tuvaluan police officer makes history at HMAS Creswell

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Ryan Sutherland and MIDN Noah Edberg (author)

Recent New Entry Officers' Course 61 graduate, Constable Walter Esela of the Tuvalu Police Service. (photo: Unknown)

Recent New Entry Officers' Course 61 graduate, Constable Walter Esela of the Tuvalu Police Service.

When New Entry Officers’ Course 61 commenced training at the Royal Australian Naval College in July, it included the first officer of the Tuvalu Police Service to ever attend the Australian initial entry officers’ course.

From the desert to diving for Alice Springs sailor

Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver James Steer checks the communications system on the diver compression chamber in minehunter HMAS Diamantina. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver James Steer checks the communications system on the diver compression chamber in minehunter HMAS Diamantina.

It’s always a little bit surprising to meet someone who grew up surrounded by desert, with the nearest ocean miles away, who then went on to become a Navy Clearance Diver. For Alice Springs local James Steer, that is exactly the career path he chose.

Diamantina awards retention champions

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize.

Two of HMAS Diamantina’s ship’s company have been recognised for their leadership in the Huon class minehunter, receiving Champions of Navy Retention awards from Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt.

Navy Veteran achieves another milestone

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations.

Former Leading Seaman Steward Melville Roy McMillan, who served in HMA Ships Vampire (I) and Stuart (I), was visited at his Victorian nursing home by a delegation of current Navy Stewards to celebrate his 100th birthday this month.

A rewarding career leads to appointment as ninth Warrant Officer of the Navy

Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, presents Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, with her promotion certificate as the newly appointed Warrant Officer of the Navy during a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, presents Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, with her promotion certificate as the newly appointed Warrant Officer of the Navy during a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

“Wanting to be challenged and seeking adventure” were the main reasons a young woman from Lilydale, Victoria decided to join RAN back in 1989. Roll forward 30 years, and Warrant Officer of the Navy Deb Butterworth has assumed the role as Navy’s most senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of Navy.

Australian Navy officer graduates from Indonesian Command and Staff course

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), RSN MAJ Leong (photographer), TNIAL MAJ James Risky (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Ian Jackson, third from right, with fellow SESKO Foreign students onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: MAJ James Risky, TNIAL)

Lieutenant Commander Ian Jackson, third from right, with fellow SESKO Foreign students onboard HMAS Canberra.

Friday 14 November 2019 marked a special day for the 150 students of the Indonesian Navy’s Command and Staff Course, and in particular it marked the end of a two-year journey for Lieutenant Commander Ian Jackson, the Australian student on the course. 

Engineering award helps sharpen Navy's 21st century sword

Published on by LEUT Rilana Ostheim (author), LACW Jacqueline Forester (photographer)

L-R: Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN congratulates Lieutenant James Keane, RAN, recipient of the Holthouse Memorial Scholarship, presented by Mr Guy Holthouse at Sea Power Conference 19, at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. (photo: LACW Jacqueline Forester)

L-R: Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN congratulates Lieutenant James Keane, RAN, recipient of the Holthouse Memorial Scholarship, presented by Mr Guy Holthouse at Sea Power Conference 19, at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

The chance to pursue a graduate research project outside of his busy daily engineering life has opened up new opportunities for a driven Navy officer, Capability Realisation Engineer, Lieutenant James Keane.

Innovation shines bright

Published on by LEUT Rilana Ostheim (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Bradley Martin holds his prototype LED lighting system. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Bradley Martin holds his prototype LED lighting system.

A sailor’s efforts to be the driving force behind an innovative adaptation to ship lighting systems has recently been recognised by the Centre of Innovation at Fleet Base East.