The Navy Community Engagement team at HMAS Albatross has been faced with a few challenges in 2020, with the need to innovate new ways to ‘engage’ with the local community while adhering to social distancing conventions.
HMAS Albatross usually marks National Reconciliation Week by hosting and participating in a range of community events throughout the Shoalhaven, but distancing requirements meant personnel had to consider how to embrace the 2020 theme ‘In This Together’ while physically being apart.
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.
Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Paul Berry (photographer), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)
During a visit to the Shoalhaven and South Coast regions of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia recognised the support provided by ADF personnel to emergency services in response to Australia’s bushfire crisis.
For those at HMAS Albatross it might have been hard to miss the irony of fires threatening the base that has helped to fight bushfires for decades, as flames were seen at the western edge of the airfield near Nowra on the NSW south coast.
Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)
HMAS Albatross and its resident squadrons have made a significant contribution to the aerial component of the NSW Rural Fire Service’s bushfire operations, but the efforts of the base’s contracted firefighters have been equally important in keeping the Naval Air Station at Albatross in the fight.
Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)
Two exciting new work-life balance initiatives have recently been launched at HMAS Albatross - The Sea Monkey Garage and the Chief Petty Officer Kane Vandenberg Memorial Mountain Bike and Running Trail are already proving popular with members.