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Threads of thanks for leading quilter

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LEUT Elizabeth Fluck (photographer), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters. (photo: LEUT Elizabeth Fluck)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters.

Hundreds of Navy people can attest to the gratitude they felt to be sent a handcrafted, volunteer-made quilt while deployed on operations. Now after eight years supporting Navy people, Mrs Jan-Maree Ball, leader of Aussie Hero Quilts, has been presented with a quilt of her own.

Albatross delivers breakfast club and pizza party to homeless hub

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Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub. (photo: )

Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub.

Winter is an especially busy time for many Shoalhaven support services, which means the HMAS Albatross Community Engagement Team has also been busy providing assistance however and whenever they can.

Comet Bay College honours its Navy story

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Five former students, now sailors from HMAS Stirling, visited with some senior students and the headmaster at Comet Bay College in WA. L-R: Student Tyron Powles; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Jake Starkie; Comet Bay College Headmaster Mr Jamie Hayres; Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Daniel Molley; Student Hannah Weise; Student Lachlan O'Hehir; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dillon Slater; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chantelle Whitaker; and Seaman Gap Year Marli-Jay Robertson. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Five former students, now sailors from HMAS Stirling, visited with some senior students and the headmaster at Comet Bay College in WA. L-R: Student Tyron Powles; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Jake Starkie; Comet Bay College Headmaster Mr Jamie Hayres; Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Daniel Molley; Student Hannah Weise; Student Lachlan O'Hehir; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dillon Slater; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chantelle Whitaker; and Seaman Gap Year Marli-Jay Robertson.

Serving Navy members from HMAS Stirling recently attended their former school, Comet Bay College in Secret Harbour, Western Australia, as the college acknowledged their service in the school’s Hall of Honour.

Sixty years since Navy bedrock was laid

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author), LSIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson. (photo: LSIS Steven Thomson)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson.

Over 60 years have passed since one of the Navy’s most iconic buildings was erected. On 30 April 1960, the foundation stone for the HMAS Watson Chapel was laid.

Band performance inspires generous donation to Keeping Watch

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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.

Engaging communities in a socially distanced world

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Students check out the Navy photographic display installed by HMAS Albatross’ Navy Community Engagement Program team at Ulladulla High School for its Careers Week initiative. (photo: )

Students check out the Navy photographic display installed by HMAS Albatross’ Navy Community Engagement Program team at Ulladulla High School for its Careers Week initiative.

The Navy Community Engagement team at HMAS Albatross has been faced with a few challenges in 2020, with the need to innovate new ways to ‘engage’ with the local community while adhering to social distancing conventions.

Steel contract marks next step in Hunter Class Frigate Program

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An artist's impression of the Hunter Class frigate. (photo: Stephen Mchugh)

An artist's impression of the Hunter Class frigate.

ASC Shipbuilding has signed a $2.6 million contract with BlueScope Steel AIS for the Hunter Class Frigate Program, to supply more than 1500 tonnes of steel plate to build five blocks during the prototyping phase of the shipbuilding program.

Melville marks World Hydrography Day doing what she does best

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HMAS Melville deploys a Slocum Glider, November 2019. (photo: MIDN Kolokotas)

HMAS Melville deploys a Slocum Glider, November 2019.

Today is World Hydrography Day and HMAS Melville will mark the day at sea, as the Hydrographic Survey crew continues ongoing survey operations in the vicinity of Shoalwater Bay.

Two decades of service for survey ships Leeuwin and Melville

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Brenton Fairall (author)

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville were originally painted white, in line with the Royal Navy’s paint scheme for tropical survey operations. They were painted grey in January 2002 as they began to take on a broader range of maritime taskings. (photo: )

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville were originally painted white, in line with the Royal Navy’s paint scheme for tropical survey operations. They were painted grey in January 2002 as they began to take on a broader range of maritime taskings.

On 27 May, HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville quietly stepped out of their teen years by celebrating their 20th birthdays alongside HMAS Cairns.

Warramunga gets new mast as part of AMCAP upgrade program

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

HMAS Warramunga gets a new mast as part of the Anzac Class Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade, at Henderson Shipyard, WA. (photo: )

HMAS Warramunga gets a new mast as part of the Anzac Class Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade, at Henderson Shipyard, WA.

HMAS Warramunga has passed a significant milestone in its Anzac Class Midlife Capability Assurance Program at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia, with the installation of a new mast.