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Ballarat strikes gold with unmanned aerial vehicle

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LEUT Michael Mulquiney (photographer), Mr Markus Winhofer (photographer)

822X Squadron Deputy Engineer Lieutenant Gareth Forbes recovers the S-100 Camcopter on HMAS Ballarat’s flight deck. (photo: )

822X Squadron Deputy Engineer Lieutenant Gareth Forbes recovers the S-100 Camcopter on HMAS Ballarat’s flight deck.

Two of Navy’s newest cutting-edge capabilities have combined, with the Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat embarking an S-100 Camcopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for flight trials off the Eastern coast of Australia.

‘Parra’ enters dry dock ahead of next phase of deployments

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

HMAS Parramatta during a refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Leo Baumgartner)

HMAS Parramatta during a refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, NSW.

HMAS Parramatta will boast improved crew internet connectivity and other services when she emerges from her first significant maintenance period since mid-2018, following a strong year of deployments and achievements.

Indigenous recruits ready for the next chapter

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), Andrew Watson (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Glenn Williams OAM, RAN presents Seaman Evelyn Sagigi with the Navy Values Award for the Navy Indigenous Development Program during the Graduation Parade held in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: Andrew Watson)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Glenn Williams OAM, RAN presents Seaman Evelyn Sagigi with the Navy Values Award for the Navy Indigenous Development Program during the Graduation Parade held in Cairns, Queensland.

Twenty-one recruits who took part in the Navy Indigenous Development Program stood proudly on 22 June, graduating from the five-month course at HMAS Cairns.

From San Diego to Victoria to lend a hand

Published on by CAPT Zoe Griffyn (author), LAC John Solomon (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Steve Grosser, officer in charge of the military contingent at Fawkner, Victoria COVID-19 testing site during Operation COVID-19 Assist. (photo: LAC John Solomon)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Steve Grosser, officer in charge of the military contingent at Fawkner, Victoria COVID-19 testing site during Operation COVID-19 Assist.

Royal Australian Navy nursing officer Lieutenant Commander Steven Grosser has paused the posting of a lifetime to return to Australia and help with Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Sailor proud to support her community

Published on by CAPT Zoe Griffyn (author), LAC John Solomon (photographer)

Advanced Medical Assistant Able Seaman Mele Buadromo, from the Maritime Operations Health Unit, is deployed to Fawkner, Victoria in support of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: LAC John Solomon)

Advanced Medical Assistant Able Seaman Mele Buadromo, from the Maritime Operations Health Unit, is deployed to Fawkner, Victoria in support of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

As part of the ADF’s Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in Victoria, about 200 medical personnel have been deployed to support the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) COVID-19 testing sites around Melbourne.

Providing maritime support in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by MAJ Bradley Richardson (author)

Commander Michael O'Driscoll, Commander Combined Task Force 53 (CTF53), left, and Captain Michael Manfield, RAN, Commander Maritime Task Group - Middle East Region present each other with gifts to acknowledge the efforts of CTF53 and HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East region. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Commander Michael O'Driscoll, Commander Combined Task Force 53 (CTF53), left, and Captain Michael Manfield, RAN, Commander Maritime Task Group - Middle East Region present each other with gifts to acknowledge the efforts of CTF53 and HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East region.

Supporting the coalition maritime effort in the Middle East is a small team of nearly 20 Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians, embedded across three multi-national operational forces based at the naval support activity, Bahrain.

45 years of service and 13 years at sea, but not done yet

Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AO, RAN, presents Commander Michael Moore with his second Federation Star as Commander Moore retires from the permanent Royal Australian Navy after 45 years of service. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AO, RAN, presents Commander Michael Moore with his second Federation Star as Commander Moore retires from the permanent Royal Australian Navy after 45 years of service.

Friday 17 July marked the last day of Commander Michael Moore’s 45 year-long career in the permanent Royal Australian Navy.

Father and son, achieving the family dream

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Recruit Paul Inglis stands proudly with his son Seaman James Inglis on completion of his graduation ceremony from General Entry 381 Rogers Division held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Recruit Paul Inglis stands proudly with his son Seaman James Inglis on completion of his graduation ceremony from General Entry 381 Rogers Division held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Many sons and daughters follow in the footsteps of their parents, particularly those with long, proud family military histories. In the case of the Inglis family from Woree in Queensland, dad has chosen to follow his son’s journey into the Royal Australian Navy.

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author)

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson, May 1980. (photo: )

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson, May 1980.

Rear Admiral Andrew John Robertson, AO DSC RAN - Navy’s most accomplished Gunnery Officer - has died at age 95 in north west New South Wales.

The last-survivor tames the ‘Twerp’

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author)

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48. (photo: )

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48.

Faced with a scarcity of jobs, former water-tank builder Norman Tame followed his mates and joined the Royal Australian Navy almost 80 years ago.