Topic: Diversity and Inclusivity

New facility aids spiritual health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Dave Devlin (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

HMAS Cerberus Chaplaincy Centre Coordinator Chaplain Grant Ludlow addresses attendees at the official opening of the  Multi-Faith Prayer Room. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

HMAS Cerberus Chaplaincy Centre Coordinator Chaplain Grant Ludlow addresses attendees at the official opening of the Multi-Faith Prayer Room.

HMAS Cerberus has officially opened the latest addition to their personnel support facilities, supporting and acknowledging the religious beliefs and needs of our people.

Navy doctor recognised for work with Indigenous communities

Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author)

Lieutenant Justin Hunter was awarded Growing Strong Award for Indigenous registrar of the year. (photo: )

Lieutenant Justin Hunter was awarded Growing Strong Award for Indigenous registrar of the year.

Lieutenant Justin Hunter always knew he wanted to give back to his community, and he found a path to do so when he joined the Australian Defence Force and began training in health care.

Champion of cultural change

Published on by Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author)

Commander Gregory Davison of the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit in HMAS Albatross, says Navy people should celebrate the progress our service has made in promoting a better culture in recent years. (photo: )

Commander Gregory Davison of the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit in HMAS Albatross, says Navy people should celebrate the progress our service has made in promoting a better culture in recent years.

Building the best team possible through means of respect, diversity and inclusion is among the top priorities for Commander Gregory Davison.

NUSHIP Supply: One ship, many stories

Published on by LSIS Kylie Jagiello (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jahlaya Weazel stands proud with the Australian Aboriginal Flag at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jahlaya Weazel stands proud with the Australian Aboriginal Flag at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney, NSW.

A posting to NUSHIP Supply caused some personal conflict for Able Seaman Jahlaya Weazel, but also provided an opportunity to establish the ship’s on-board philosophy of One Ship, Many Stories.

Adelaide celebrates NAIDOC Week

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

L-R: Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef William Nicolaidis; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Teneille Francis; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Hudson Anu; former Deputy Officer of the Navy Indigenous Development Program, Lieutenant Commander Richard Unwin; and Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kaylin Coleman stand on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide during Exercise SEA WADER 2020 off the Queensland coast. (photo: LSIS Nadav Harel)

L-R: Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef William Nicolaidis; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Teneille Francis; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Hudson Anu; former Deputy Officer of the Navy Indigenous Development Program, Lieutenant Commander Richard Unwin; and Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kaylin Coleman stand on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide during Exercise SEA WADER 2020 off the Queensland coast.

Indigenous sailors in HMAS Adelaide will be swapping stories and celebrating their culture with the rest of the ship’s company to mark NAIDOC Week, 8-15 November.

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.

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.

Recruits from Navy Indigenous Development Program graduate

Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division are also graduates from the Defence Indigenous Development Program. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division are also graduates from the Defence Indigenous Development Program.

Hard work and determination paid off for recruits from the Navy Indigenous Development Program and Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program as they recently graduated from Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus.