Topic: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Fighting fit to take on the New York Marathon

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Tavis Knack (author), CPOML-SC Kathryn Holmes (photographer), ABML-S Sittichai Sakonpoonpol (photographer)

L-R: Leading Seaman Jarryd Boyd; Chief Petty Officer Raechelle Henderson; Sub Lieutenant Savanna Schimmel; CPO Jeremy Pitchford; Lieutenant Commander Tavis Knack and Petty Officer Neale Merrick from HMAS Brisbane alongside San Diego Naval Base prior to the 2019 New York Marathon. (photo: ABML-S Sittichai Sakonpoonpol)

L-R: Leading Seaman Jarryd Boyd; Chief Petty Officer Raechelle Henderson; Sub Lieutenant Savanna Schimmel; CPO Jeremy Pitchford; Lieutenant Commander Tavis Knack and Petty Officer Neale Merrick from HMAS Brisbane alongside San Diego Naval Base prior to the 2019 New York Marathon.

Following a highly successful Combat System Sea Qualification Trial period HMAS Brisbane Officers and Sailors took on a very different fight along the famous streets of New York City.

Navy-themed New Testament launched in Sydney

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), SIG Robert Whitmore (photographer)

Brand new copies of the Royal Australian Navy's DPNU bible sit ready for distribution, onboard HMAS Canberra at the Garden Island Defence Precinct, 11 October 2019. (photo: SIG Robert Whitmore)

Brand new copies of the Royal Australian Navy's DPNU bible sit ready for distribution, onboard HMAS Canberra at the Garden Island Defence Precinct, 11 October 2019.

A Navy-themed edition of the New Testament has been launched aboard HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East in Sydney, making it easy for officers and sailors of faith to take the Bible to sea.

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.

No bridge too far for mental health

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Defence personnel show their support for World Mental Health Day 2019 by taking part in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. (photo: Mr Jay Cronan)

Defence personnel show their support for World Mental Health Day 2019 by taking part in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.

Hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel and Department of Defence public servants took time away from their desks to focus on mental health in Canberra.

Hundreds of sailors learn how to ask ‘R U OK?’

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Stephen Hughes, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, and the 'R U OK?' team onboard HMAS Adelaide during the Mental Health Awareness Month event. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Stephen Hughes, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, and the 'R U OK?' team onboard HMAS Adelaide during the Mental Health Awareness Month event.

Ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide has marked Mental Health Awareness Month with an event to build confidence in asking ‘R U OK?’ Joined by personnel from sister ship Canberra, they learned how to spot the signs that it might be time to have an R U OK? conversation.

Moreton takes on the Brisbane Rail Trail

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSML-SC Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Members of Team Moreton carry their “wounded” team member Able Seaman Blue. (photo: LS ML-SC Hayden Eyles)

Members of Team Moreton carry their “wounded” team member Able Seaman Blue.

HMAS Moreton personnel have taken on a bushwalking challenge to test their mental and physical resilience. The old Brisbane rail trail comprises 161km of rugged Australian bushland, often crossing though small Queensland towns, providing a challenge even for the regular bushwalker.

Values and ethics discussed at chaplains’ seminar

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

USS Emory S Land Chaplain Lieutenant Wilking Jean (front centre) poses with Chaplains from Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSC, RAN (back left) during the inaugural tri-service Western Region Chaplains’ Seminar at the Chaplain Centre at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

USS Emory S Land Chaplain Lieutenant Wilking Jean (front centre) poses with Chaplains from Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, and Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSC, RAN (back left) during the inaugural tri-service Western Region Chaplains’ Seminar at the Chaplain Centre at HMAS Stirling, WA.

HMAS Stirling recently hosted the Army’s Western Region Chaplains’ Seminar with 18 chaplains attending from all three services of the Australian Defence Force.

Fit to fight

Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Benjamin Spring, left, supervises Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Lara Pilton, conducting a workout on new exercise equipment in the gymnasium at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Benjamin Spring, left, supervises Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Lara Pilton, conducting a workout on new exercise equipment in the gymnasium at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

New functional training equipment has been installed at the Fleet Base East Gymnasium as part of a much-needed $400-thousand dollar upgrade, making a big difference in the gym’s overall equipment standard.

New CrossFit room for Navy’s northern force

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN (third left), joins Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (CPOPTI) Stuart Rowe (second left), Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Heard (left) and Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall (right) in opening the newly completed CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, in Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN (third left), joins Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (CPOPTI) Stuart Rowe (second left), Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Heard (left) and Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall (right) in opening the newly completed CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, in Darwin, NT.

Redevelopments at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin are placing the Navy base and the greater Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in which it resides at the top of Australia’s Defence Force bases for facilities and services.

New wellbeing precinct opens at Fleet Base West

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Attendees pose together outside the HMAS Stirling Chaplaincy Centre entrance 'The Hutcho Portico' after the conclusion of the official reopening of the Wellbeing Precinct at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Attendees pose together outside the HMAS Stirling Chaplaincy Centre entrance 'The Hutcho Portico' after the conclusion of the official reopening of the Wellbeing Precinct at HMAS Stirling, WA.

July 15 marked a significant date in the Fleet Base West calendar as it saw the official re-opening of a number of personnel-support units that are collectively known as the Wellbeing Precinct.