Section: Community

Waterhen strengthens links with veterans community

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Commanding Officer HMAS Waterhen, Commander Rick Westoby, OAM, RAN, with Royal Australian Navy Veteran Geoffrey Johnson in the wardroom at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Commanding Officer HMAS Waterhen, Commander Rick Westoby, OAM, RAN, with Royal Australian Navy Veteran Geoffrey Johnson in the wardroom at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.

War veterans from Navy, Army and Air Force recently took a tour of HMAS Waterhen as it held its inaugural Veterans Day.

Symbolic garden the final resting place of Indigenous ex-serviceman

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Attendees at the Ashes Laying Ceremony for the late Mr Matthew Byers at the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home: Aunty Christine Blakeney and Uncle Willy Dixon (centre); Pastor Ray Minniecon (second from right); and Navy Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott (right); with personnel from HMAS Albatross and the Defence Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network - Shoalhaven Chapter. (photo: )

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Attendees at the Ashes Laying Ceremony for the late Mr Matthew Byers at the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home: Aunty Christine Blakeney and Uncle Willy Dixon (centre); Pastor Ray Minniecon (second from right); and Navy Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott (right); with personnel from HMAS Albatross and the Defence Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network - Shoalhaven Chapter.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that a name in this report is that of a deceased person which may cause sadness or distress. Members of the Defence Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network - Shoalhaven Chapter and the HMAS Albatross Command team recently attended an Ashes Laying Ceremony at the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home.

HMAS Moreton ‘cleans up’ her local community

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Mark Donlan (author and photographer)

HMAS Moreton and Navy Community Engagement personnel with local Councillor for the Morningside Ward in the Brisbane City Council area, Ms Kara Cook, during the Clean Up Australia activity at Bulimba. (photo: )

HMAS Moreton and Navy Community Engagement personnel with local Councillor for the Morningside Ward in the Brisbane City Council area, Ms Kara Cook, during the Clean Up Australia activity at Bulimba.

HMAS Moreton and Navy Community Engagement staff pulled on their gloves for a Clean Up Australia activity at Bulimba, adjacent to the Brisbane River.

Albatross breaks bread with women in need of a hand

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Personnel from the HMAS Albatross Command Team and women from the Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) do the ‘Each for Equal’ gesture - symbolising the campaign for a gender equal world. (photo: )

Personnel from the HMAS Albatross Command Team and women from the Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) do the ‘Each for Equal’ gesture - symbolising the campaign for a gender equal world.

The HMAS Albatross Command Team marked International Women’s Day 2020 by reaching out to women in the local community whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

Navy People Group joins Blaze Aid to help fire-affected communities

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS James McDougall (author and photographer)

L-R: BlazeAid team leader, Lindsay 'Co' Cosgrove; Chief Petty Officer Amy Gale; Petty Officer Chris Leibick; Claremont property owner Chris Bright; and Lieutenant Commander Dale Young take a break from repairing fences on Claremont, a property affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires close to Adelong, NSW. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

L-R: BlazeAid team leader, Lindsay 'Co' Cosgrove; Chief Petty Officer Amy Gale; Petty Officer Chris Leibick; Claremont property owner Chris Bright; and Lieutenant Commander Dale Young take a break from repairing fences on Claremont, a property affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires close to Adelong, NSW.

Some 200 kilometres from the nearest ocean, the NSW town of Adelong played host to a team of 16 Officers and Sailors from Navy People Group who wanted to help people in the fire-affected region.

Indian school for the blind hits Toowoomba sailors for six

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jay Crutch (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Rebekah Curry tries her hand at blind cricket at the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind during HMAS Toowoomba's port visit to Mumbai, India. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Rebekah Curry tries her hand at blind cricket at the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind during HMAS Toowoomba's port visit to Mumbai, India.

Fourteen sailors from HMAS Toowoomba visited the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind during a recent port visit to Mumbai, India.

Australian Maritime Warfare Centre puts team building into practice at The Infants’ Home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author)

Volunteers from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre (AMWC) spent a day helping with maintenance around The Infants’ Home in Ashfield, Sydney, the AMWC’s designated charity. L-R: Leading Seaman Stephen Davies-Griffith; Lieutenant Commander Chito Irlandez; Commander Michael Hicking and Able Seaman Royce Lee. (photo: )

Volunteers from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre (AMWC) spent a day helping with maintenance around The Infants’ Home in Ashfield, Sydney, the AMWC’s designated charity. L-R: Leading Seaman Stephen Davies-Griffith; Lieutenant Commander Chito Irlandez; Commander Michael Hicking and Able Seaman Royce Lee.

A working party from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre recently lent a hand at The Infants’ Home in Ashfield, Sydney, carrying on a 50-year Navy tradition of support for the charity.

Submarine Force brings Christmas joy to families

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

L-R: Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Larissa Maslin; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Steve Merritt; Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Christian Thom; St Vincent de Paul Regional President Mr Edward Wolanski; Mrs Wendy Wolanski; and Mrs Lily Tan at Penola by the Sea Convent, Safety Bay in Western Australia with Submarine Forces donated goods. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

L-R: Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Larissa Maslin; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Steve Merritt; Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Christian Thom; St Vincent de Paul Regional President Mr Edward Wolanski; Mrs Wendy Wolanski; and Mrs Lily Tan at Penola by the Sea Convent, Safety Bay in Western Australia with Submarine Forces donated goods.

In maintaining ties and involvement with the local community, members of the Submarine Force based at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia recently gifted food and toys to the local St Vincent de Paul charity.

Canberra crew scales down for charity

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

A member HMAS Canberra's ship's company abseils down the side of HMAS Canberra during a charity abseiling event. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

A member HMAS Canberra's ship's company abseils down the side of HMAS Canberra during a charity abseiling event.

It’s not every day that ship’s company gets to abseil down the side of one of the largest vessels ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy, but volunteers from HMAS Canberra and HMAS Kuttabul did just that in the name of charity.

Navy Canteens celebrates 65 years of service

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

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN and the youngest member of HMAS Cerberus, Seaman Trainee William Judd, together with Navy Canteens Manager Rhonda Gregg, cut the cake to celebrate Navy Canteen's 65th birthday, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN and the youngest member of HMAS Cerberus, Seaman Trainee William Judd, together with Navy Canteens Manager Rhonda Gregg, cut the cake to celebrate Navy Canteen's 65th birthday, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Navy Canteens has celebrated 65 years of enhancing the lives of Navy people and their families through the provision of morale and welfare services and support.