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Choules makes first delivery of evacuees to Western Port

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), POIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Lieutenant Harry Rees escorts an evacuee from Mallacoota, Victoria as she disembarks HMAS Choules with her baby at Western Port. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Lieutenant Harry Rees escorts an evacuee from Mallacoota, Victoria as she disembarks HMAS Choules with her baby at Western Port.

The Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Choules arrived in Western Port, Victoria on 4 January 2020, having evacuated 1117 residents and holidaymakers from Mallacoota, following the devastating New Year’s Eve bushfires.

Sycamore delivers first wave of evacuees to safety

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

Defence and SES Members help evacuees disembark MV Sycamore at Bluescope Wharf in Hastings, Victoria. (photo: )

Defence and SES Members help evacuees disembark MV Sycamore at Bluescope Wharf in Hastings, Victoria.

The first 58 evacuees-by-sea from the fire-affected Victorian seaside town of Mallacoota arrived at the Bluescope Steel Wharf in Hastings this morning, delivered to safety by the Royal Australian Navy training ship MV Sycamore.

Details of the Mallacoota evacuation by sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Evacuees from Mallacoota, Victoria are transported by landing craft to MV Sycamore. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Evacuees from Mallacoota, Victoria are transported by landing craft to MV Sycamore.

Evacuation of residents and visitors of Mallacoota, Victoria, has commenced with over 1000 civilians embarking in HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore on 3 January.

Navy Task Group sails to support bushfire relief efforts

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

HMAS Choules' enhanced medical team disembarks a MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter as the ship prepares to provide support to the communities affected by bushfires. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)

HMAS Choules' enhanced medical team disembarks a MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter as the ship prepares to provide support to the communities affected by bushfires.

A Navy task group departed from their Fleet Base East homeport early on New Year’s Day, in support of multi-agency efforts to provide assistance to communities affected by bushfires on the Australian east coast.

An exemplary service career honoured

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

Reverend Collin Acton, RAN leads mourners at Garden Island Chapel in remembering the distinguished life and career of Vice Admiral David Willoughby Leach AC, CBE, LVO, RAN (Ret'd), a former Chief of Naval Staff. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Reverend Collin Acton, RAN leads mourners at Garden Island Chapel in remembering the distinguished life and career of Vice Admiral David Willoughby Leach AC, CBE, LVO, RAN (Ret'd), a former Chief of Naval Staff.

A funeral with full military honours was held for Vice Admiral David Willoughby Leach AC, CBE, LVO, RAN (Ret’d), who served as Chief of Naval Staff from 1982 to 1985, on 31 January 2020 at the Garden Island Chapel.

New National Commander for Navy Cadets

Published on by CMDR Stuart Wheeler (author and photographer)

Outgoing National Commander Royal Australian Navy Cadets (ANC), Captain Kerry Rayner OAM ANC at the promotion and handover ceremony for incoming National Commander ANC, Captain Martin Blume ANC, centre, with Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves (DGANCR), Commodore David Greaves RAN. (photo: CMDR Stuart Wheeler RAN)

Outgoing National Commander Royal Australian Navy Cadets (ANC), Captain Kerry Rayner OAM ANC at the promotion and handover ceremony for incoming National Commander ANC, Captain Martin Blume ANC, centre, with Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves (DGANCR), Commodore David Greaves RAN.

After three years at the helm of the Royal Australian Navy Cadets (ANC), Captain Kerry Rayner OAM ANC handed over the role of National Commander ANC to newly promoted Captain Martin Blume ANC.

Instructor’s efforts recognised at the ‘School of many Ss’

Published on by WO Paul Phillips (author)

Commander Ashley Shanks presents Petty Officer Marine Technician Michael Chenneour with the 2019 Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield. (photo: )

Commander Ashley Shanks presents Petty Officer Marine Technician Michael Chenneour with the 2019 Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield.

It’s a harsh environment, but the instructors at the RAN School of Survivability and Ship Safety are dedicated to the task of teaching our sailors how to survive and gain control of life threatening situations on our ships and submarines.

Submarine engineer recognised for early attack design, capability transition planning

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author)

File image of Commander Lindsay Gordon, RAN. (photo: )

File image of Commander Lindsay Gordon, RAN.

The wide-open spaces of his home state SA stand in contrast to the narrow confines of the Navy submarines to which CMDR Lindsay Gordon has dedicated the majority of his career, earning him a Conspicuous Service Medal in today’s Australia Day Honours List.

Fifty-year naval career culminates in Order of Australia

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author)

File image of Commander Richard Singleton, RAN at the HMAS Choules Commissioning Ceremony, December 2011. (photo: )

File image of Commander Richard Singleton, RAN at the HMAS Choules Commissioning Ceremony, December 2011.

In 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and Royal Australian Navy Commander Richard Singleton walked into his naval career as a junior sailor in the Royal Navy.

Legal acumen earns logistics sailor the Conspicuous Service Medal

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author)

File image of (then) Petty Officer Writer Melita English on board HMAS Darwin, during Exercise KAKADU, September 2012. (photo: )

File image of (then) Petty Officer Writer Melita English on board HMAS Darwin, during Exercise KAKADU, September 2012.

Chief Petty Officer Melita English has an uncommon affinity with the law, often providing the Fleet Senior Leadership Team with advice to help them solve complex legal and personnel administrative issues.