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Football and food Armada-style

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with Chef Jarrad Powell and Apprentice Noah De Souza, from Rustico Tapas & Bar in Rockingham, for a small masterclass in the galley onboard ESPS Cristóbal Colón. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with Chef Jarrad Powell and Apprentice Noah De Souza, from Rustico Tapas & Bar in Rockingham, for a small masterclass in the galley onboard ESPS Cristóbal Colón.

The arrival at Fleet Base West of the Spanish Armada’s ESPS Cristóbal Colón to participate in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2017 has provided an ideal opportunity for the showcasing of two great Spanish loves - football and food.

Year of firsts for Albatross sailor

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016  Engineering Challenge Competition, held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016 Engineering Challenge Competition, held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler has been named the HMAS Albatross Sailor of the Year for 2016, capping off a successful year - he was also part of a team that won the aviation section of the Royal Australian Navy Engineering Challenge.

Cook’s heroic sacrifice saved many

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942.

While Australians paused to commemorate the Bombing of Darwin recently, there was a particular Australian Navy sailor whose actions on 19 February 1942 were keenly remembered.

Aviation world farewells regular

Published on by LEUT Bentley Hon (author)

After a 20 year career in the APS, 17 of which were at Training Authority - Aviation, Mrs Frances Johnson has decided to retire from the Australian Public Service. (photo: Unknown)

After a 20 year career in the APS, 17 of which were at Training Authority - Aviation, Mrs Frances Johnson has decided to retire from the Australian Public Service.

The bustling reception area at Training Authority - Aviation headquarters will not be the same without the very familiar face of office mainstay Mrs Frances Johnson.

‘Thorough’ sailor visits Dechaineux

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author)

Mr Robert Pitman with Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a recent visit to the submarine at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: Unknown)

Mr Robert Pitman with Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a recent visit to the submarine at HMAS Stirling, WA.

Descending the ladder into a submarine was no trouble for Royal Navy veteran, 92-year old Robert Pitman, when the spritely nonagenarian visited HMAS Dechaineux alongside her home port in Western Australia recently.

Keeping it in the Navy family

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

New Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, stands with his wife Rita; father Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, left; and brother Chaplain James Sutherland, right, after a command supersession on HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

New Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, stands with his wife Rita; father Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, left; and brother Chaplain James Sutherland, right, after a command supersession on HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West.

They say Navy is like one big family but when it comes to three people in the west it’s more a case of a family within a family.

Ongoing health support continues

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samuel Penfold (author)

L-R: Australian Army soldier Corporal Chris May; Major General Mark Kelly (Ret'd) of the Repatriation Commission; Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart; Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Mr Michael Strong; and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne, on 3 February 2017. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

L-R: Australian Army soldier Corporal Chris May; Major General Mark Kelly (Ret'd) of the Repatriation Commission; Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart; Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Mr Michael Strong; and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne, on 3 February 2017.

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service celebrated its 35th birthday on 29 January this year - one of many support services available to serving and former serving Defence personnel.

Sailor continues community mindset

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Robert Griffiths at the flag bin on board HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Robert Griffiths at the flag bin on board HMAS Darwin.

Formerly a store manager of a fast food restaurant, 29-year old Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Robert Griffiths is well versed in community relations.

Captain aims for an equal future

Published on by Department of Defence (author), MAJ Sarah Hutchinson (photographer)

L-R: Lieutenant Colonel Donna Fanning, Ministry of Defence Gender Advisor; and Captain Stacey Porter, Senior Gender Advisor; meet with Brigadier Ian Rigden, Chief Mentor Afghan National Army Officer Academy, during a visit to the ANAOA, in Kabul. (photo: Major Sarah Hutchinson)

L-R: Lieutenant Colonel Donna Fanning, Ministry of Defence Gender Advisor; and Captain Stacey Porter, Senior Gender Advisor; meet with Brigadier Ian Rigden, Chief Mentor Afghan National Army Officer Academy, during a visit to the ANAOA, in Kabul.

Ensuring a future for women in the workplace in Afghanistan comes with challenges one Navy officer is aiming to meet - increasing participation of women in the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, and ensuring they do so in a safe and culturally accepting workplace.

Aero-engineer skills up overseas

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Lieutenant Nabil Mikhail is presented with a plaque by United States Navy Commander Clark Childers. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Nabil Mikhail is presented with a plaque by United States Navy Commander Clark Childers.

In December last year, Australian Navy Lieutenant Nabil Mikhail graduated as a Flight Test Engineer from the United Kingdom’s Empire Test Pilot School in Boscombe Down.