Section: Community

Newcastle’s legacy, Choules’ future

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jaqui Meacle (author)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan, presents the Newcastle Senior School with a $10,000 donation of funds raised by the ship’s company. (photo: )

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan, presents the Newcastle Senior School with a $10,000 donation of funds raised by the ship’s company.

HMAS Choules has added to the legacy left by decommissioned warship Newcastle in supporting the Newcastle Senior School by recently donating $10,000 for educational aids and new sports equipment.

BEN signs to the rescue at Garden Island, WA

Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Captain Ansley Morthorpe, CSC, RAN; Naval Police Coxswains, Leading Seaman Cory Lewis and Able Seaman Jake Cattlin; John George and Cody Moorfoot from Willson's Security; and base firefighters, Jason Upton and Michael Williams at the Beach Emergency Number (BEN) sign located on the beach at Beagle Bay, Garden Island, WA. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Captain Ansley Morthorpe, CSC, RAN; Naval Police Coxswains, Leading Seaman Cory Lewis and Able Seaman Jake Cattlin; John George and Cody Moorfoot from Willson's Security; and base firefighters, Jason Upton and Michael Williams at the Beach Emergency Number (BEN) sign located on the beach at Beagle Bay, Garden Island, WA.

In a combined effort from Navy, Parks and Wildlife Service and the Western Australian State Government, on-water safety has been greatly improved around Garden Island in Rockingham, Western Australia.

Navy gets dirty for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Reuben Sugars (author), SBLT Harry Joseland (photographer)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done. (photo: SBLT Harry Joseland)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done.

Fifteen personnel from HMAS Cerberus Technical Training Faculty braved a course of mud and obstacles in stormy weather to raise funds for Beyond Blue on Sunday 20 October.

Navy people having an abseil of a time

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy personnel assisting with the Abseil for Youth event for the Sir David Martin Foundation, held in the Sydney CBD. (photo: ABIS Ryan McKenzie)

Royal Australian Navy personnel assisting with the Abseil for Youth event for the Sir David Martin Foundation, held in the Sydney CBD.

Navy has thrown its support behind the Sir David Martin Foundation’s 10th annual Abseil for Youth event in the heart of Sydney, with more than 40 officers and sailors from units across Fleet Base East sharing their time to help to help man support lines as brave volunteers stepped over the edge of a dizzying 135 metre drop.

Comet Bay College students enhance submarine laundry capability

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

Students and teachers of Comet Bay College present their handmade laundry bags to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, along with the crew members on board HMAS Collins, Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Students and teachers of Comet Bay College present their handmade laundry bags to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, along with the crew members on board HMAS Collins, Fleet Base West, WA.

Sailors from HMAS Collins were delighted to receive laundry bags made by Year 10 students in home economics classes at Comet Bay College in Western Australia.

Moreton bleeds for the challenge

Published on by LSML-SC Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Members of HMAS Moreton gather at the Brisbane City Blood Donation Centre., which holds significance for Defence as this building was the former Defence Force Recruiting building. (photo: LSML-SC Hayden Eyles)

Members of HMAS Moreton gather at the Brisbane City Blood Donation Centre., which holds significance for Defence as this building was the former Defence Force Recruiting building.

Officers and sailors at HMAS Moreton have answered the Chief of Navy’s call - joining the hundreds of Navy personnel donating blood for the Defence Blood Challenge.

Navy sails to blood donation record, turns sights to a Red October

Published on by Mr Josh Williams (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

File image, L-R: Leading Seaman Steward Alister Harrison; Seaman Boatswains Mate Dylan Carew; Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chris Carrick; and Lieutenant Emily Kennedy after donating blood during the 2013 Defence Blood Challenge. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

File image, L-R: Leading Seaman Steward Alister Harrison; Seaman Boatswains Mate Dylan Carew; Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chris Carrick; and Lieutenant Emily Kennedy after donating blood during the 2013 Defence Blood Challenge.

On 9 September, the Royal Australian Navy bled for a cause, smashing the record for the most blood donations in a day in the ACT/NSW area.

Malibu School benefits from Navy’s community-minded leadership training initiative

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPO Martin Ball (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted) (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted)

The School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West regularly provides community support to the Malibu School, in a community-minded initiative that also provides Navy’s sailors with an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.

Navy veteran scores a ton

Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), LEUT Anthony Martin (photographer)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II and is also the year Harold (Tom) Upton turned 100 years old. The Second World War Navy veteran celebrated his century surrounded by family and some new friends from today’s Navy.

Police commendation for brave Navy Diver

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Christopher Wright receives a New South Wales Police Area Commander’s Commendation from Superintendent Dave Darcy, Commander Northern Beaches Police Area Command, at Dee Why RSL Club, in Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Christopher Wright receives a New South Wales Police Area Commander’s Commendation from Superintendent Dave Darcy, Commander Northern Beaches Police Area Command, at Dee Why RSL Club, in Sydney, NSW.

There are plenty of accounts of Navy personnel displaying bravery in dangerous situations at sea, but for one Clearance Diver heroism on land has earned him a special commendation from the New South Wales Police.