Topic: HMAS Albatross
Visits to 816 and 723 Squadrons, a flight in a Squirrel helicopter, simulator experience in flying a Seahawk and an anti-submarine warfare demonstration were all part of the busy itinerary that Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, recently put together for Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld.
The Albatross Dog Squad recently reformed in preparation for the most important event on the RSPCA calendar, the Million Paws Walk.
Shoalhaven residents had a last glimpse of 817 Squadron’s fleet of Sea King helicopters as the aircraft made their final journey from HMAS Albatross, on what was a suitably sombre, grey and rainy day.
Royal Australian Navy personnel in the Shoalhaven have a close working relationship with the region’s emergency services, and are regularly called on to assist in a range of critical situations including search and rescue operations, bushfires and floods. The latest call for assistance was of a very different nature, and while having some very serious aims, involved a large component of fun.
Torrential rain over the Shoalhaven in the days leading up to the Relay for Life meant the event had to be relocated at the last minute and the format had to be reduced. But while the rain played havoc with the logistics, it did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the 1300 participants who raised more than $174,000 for the Cancer Council.
A memorial rededication service held at HMAS Albatross today marked the ninth anniversary of the loss of the Sea King helicopter ‘Shark 02’, which crashed in 2005 while supporting a humanitarian support mission on the Indonesian island of Nias. Nine Australian Defence Force personnel were killed in the crash.
For centuries ship’s bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of Navy vessels and their crews. They are routinely used to signal the hour on board a ship and to regulate sailors’ watches but one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ship's bell as a baptismal font for christenings.
Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Simon Koch, currently serving as the Training Officer at the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre at HMAS Albatross, was at home enjoying parental leave with his new baby daughter when he received a call from his Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Darren Nasato RAN.
After two years in command, Captain Gordon Andrew formally handed over command of HMAS Albatross to aviator Captain Simon Bateman at a ceremony in Nowra last week.
HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presented representatives of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with a cheque for $600, which will assist the Nowra Men’s Shed in their aim to improve men’s health and well-being by creating opportunities for social interaction among men and raising awareness of men’s health issues.