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Chance meeting leads to cultural awakening

Published on by POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (author and photographer)

Staff Officer Navy Indigenous Affairs, Lieutenant Damian Briggs, at Reconciliation Place, Canberra. (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Staff Officer Navy Indigenous Affairs, Lieutenant Damian Briggs, at Reconciliation Place, Canberra.

While Lieutenant Damian Briggs has always known he was Indigenous, it is not something he embraced until recently. In a chance encounter last month at HMAS Albatross, he met Del Bryon and discovered their grandmothers were sisters.

Our Values: Respect

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Danielle Brodie (author), PTE Dustin Anderson (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

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Our Values: Respect

One of the five core Defence Values, Respect is the humanity of character to value others and treat them with dignity.

Nurse practitioner transfers skills from land to sea

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Nadav Harel (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Nursing Officer Lieutenant Commander Roneel Chandra onboard HMAS Adelaide during Exercise SEA WADER 2020. (photo: LSIS Nadav Harel)

Royal Australian Navy Nursing Officer Lieutenant Commander Roneel Chandra onboard HMAS Adelaide during Exercise SEA WADER 2020.

When it comes to Defence careers, few could match for variety that of HMAS Adelaide’s incoming Senior Health Officer, Lieutenant Commander Roneel Chandra.

Flying start for Ballarat’s aviator

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer, Sub Lieutenant Ashley Hill, stands in front of the MRH-60 helicopter, callsign ‘Convict’, embarked on HMAS Ballarat for Exercise MALABAR 2020. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer, Sub Lieutenant Ashley Hill, stands in front of the MRH-60 helicopter, callsign ‘Convict’, embarked on HMAS Ballarat for Exercise MALABAR 2020.

Taking the front seat of an MH-60R helicopter while employing its cutting edge sensor and weapons systems is just another day in the office for Port Macquarie local, Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Sub Lieutenant Ashley Hill.

Navy personnel Soldier On for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), ACW Emma Schwenke (photographer), AC Stewart Gould (photographer)

Teammates cheer each other on while competing on the ski trainer during the mental health marathon for Soldier On, at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ACW Emma Schwenke)

Teammates cheer each other on while competing on the ski trainer during the mental health marathon for Soldier On, at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

The end of mental health awareness month was marked at HMAS Kuttabul gymnasium with a marathon to raise money for Soldier On.

Drizzle cannot dampen spirits

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Damian Briggs (author)

Staff Officer Navy Indigenous Affairs Lieutenant Damian Briggs, left, and Navy Indigenous Champion Commodore Mal Wise participate in a smoking ceremony in Barton, Canberra. (photo: )

Staff Officer Navy Indigenous Affairs Lieutenant Damian Briggs, left, and Navy Indigenous Champion Commodore Mal Wise participate in a smoking ceremony in Barton, Canberra.

Rain did not dampen the desire for the Canberra community and Navy representatives to come together during NAIDOC Week at a public smoking ceremony at National Circuit in Barton.

Sharing culture key to building Navy’s community

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), LSIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

L-R: Royal Australian Navy sailors Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jahlaya Weazel; Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Braydon Bux; Seaman Gap Year Josh Agland; Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Saje Wilson; and Petty Officer Cryptological Systems Supervisor Thai-Britney Demos on the Welcome to the Country Tour at La Perouse, NSW. (photo: LSIS Thomas Sawtell)

L-R: Royal Australian Navy sailors Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jahlaya Weazel; Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Braydon Bux; Seaman Gap Year Josh Agland; Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Saje Wilson; and Petty Officer Cryptological Systems Supervisor Thai-Britney Demos on the Welcome to the Country Tour at La Perouse, NSW.

During NAIDOC Week, Navy people in Sydney from all backgrounds were offered the hands-on opportunity to learn about native sustenance and pharmaceuticals from an Indigenous expert.

Parramatta hosts interactive NAIDOC celebrations

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Tanalee Smith and MIDN Jack Meadows (author), ABIS Leon Dafonte Fernandez (photographer)

Indigenous artist William Barton and Petty Officer Boatswains Mate Jordon Bradshaw celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020 by playing the Song 'Remembrance' on their didgeridoos onboard HMAS Parramatta, in Sydney. (photo: ABIS Leon Dafonte Fernandez)

Indigenous artist William Barton and Petty Officer Boatswains Mate Jordon Bradshaw celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020 by playing the Song 'Remembrance' on their didgeridoos onboard HMAS Parramatta, in Sydney.

The ship’s company of HMAS Parramatta participated in a solemn and interactive morning learning more about Indigenous culture in an event commemorating NAIDOC Week 2020.

Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards

Published on by LSIS Craig Walton (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, with the winners of the 2020 Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards. From second left: Lieutenant Commander Jace Hutchison, RAN, on behalf of HMAS Adelaide (Early Intervention Award); Leading Seaman Brad Reynolds (Commander Dave Allen Award for Safety Excellence); Captain Jason Spears, RAN, on behalf of Amphibious Combat Sealift Systems Project Office (Prevention Award); and Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, on behalf of Fleet Command (Environmental Management Award). (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, with the winners of the 2020 Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards. From second left: Lieutenant Commander Jace Hutchison, RAN, on behalf of HMAS Adelaide (Early Intervention Award); Leading Seaman Brad Reynolds (Commander Dave Allen Award for Safety Excellence); Captain Jason Spears, RAN, on behalf of Amphibious Combat Sealift Systems Project Office (Prevention Award); and Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, on behalf of Fleet Command (Environmental Management Award).

Rather than bringing in contractors, erecting scaffolding and waiting days for roof inspections at HMAS Penguin, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Bradley Reynolds had other ideas.

Adelaide crew commemorates Remembrance Day at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Nadav Harel (photographer)

L-R: United States Naval officer Lieutenant Commander Russell Mackay; Command Warrant Officer Paul Bradley; Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathon Ley, RAN; Royal New Zealand Navy officer, Lieutenant Calvin Andersen; Royal Australian Air Force officer Squadron Leader Jen Slater; and Ship’s Chaplain Simote Finau after a Remembrance Day ceremony held on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, at sea. (photo: LSIS Nadav Harel)

L-R: United States Naval officer Lieutenant Commander Russell Mackay; Command Warrant Officer Paul Bradley; Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathon Ley, RAN; Royal New Zealand Navy officer, Lieutenant Calvin Andersen; Royal Australian Air Force officer Squadron Leader Jen Slater; and Ship’s Chaplain Simote Finau after a Remembrance Day ceremony held on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, at sea.

Representatives of all three services and four nations gathered on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide to pay their respects and lay wreaths during a Remembrance Day ceremony at sea.