Topic: HMAS Albatross

RAAF Air Commander gets a taste of Navy aviation

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

(Front centre) Air Commander of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Melvin Hupfeld DSC with members of 816 Squadron and one of the Squadron's Seahawk Helicopters. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

(Front centre) Air Commander of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Melvin Hupfeld DSC with members of 816 Squadron and one of the Squadron's Seahawk Helicopters.

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.

New leash on life for Albatross Dog Squad

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

From left, Able Seaman Kathleen Clifford, Able Seaman Terren Bennett, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, RAN, Petty Officer Olivia Usback, Able Seaman Christine Stone and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington with their beloved dogs at HMAS Albatross. These Royal Australian Navy members will be taking part in the Million Paws Walk, a fundraiser run by the RSPCA. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

From left, Able Seaman Kathleen Clifford, Able Seaman Terren Bennett, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, RAN, Petty Officer Olivia Usback, Able Seaman Christine Stone and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington with their beloved dogs at HMAS Albatross. These Royal Australian Navy members will be taking part in the Million Paws Walk, a fundraiser run by the RSPCA.

The Albatross Dog Squad recently reformed in preparation for the most important event on the RSPCA calendar, the Million Paws Walk.

Farewell the King

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

One of the six Sea King fuselages on low loader trailers pass the Fleet Air Arm Museum UH-1B Iroquois Navy Helicopter in Nowra en route to Port Kembla for export to the United Kingdom. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

One of the six Sea King fuselages on low loader trailers pass the Fleet Air Arm Museum UH-1B Iroquois Navy Helicopter in Nowra en route to Port Kembla for export to the United Kingdom.

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.

Navy locked up for a cause

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Commander Mathew Bradley, RAN, Acting Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross with his wife, Trish Bradley, participating in the PCYC’s annual fundraiser Time4Kids. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Commander Mathew Bradley, RAN, Acting Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross with his wife, Trish Bradley, participating in the PCYC’s annual fundraiser Time4Kids.

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.

Buoyant spirits not dampened by wet weather

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPO Carl Stewart (photographer)

The 723 and 808 Squadron teams for the Shoalhaven Relay For Life 2014. (photo: CPO Carl Stewart)

The 723 and 808 Squadron teams for the Shoalhaven Relay For Life 2014.

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.

‘Shark 02’ remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Family and friends come together to mark the ninth anniversary of the loss of nine ADF personnel who lost their lives when Sea King Shark 02 crashed during a humanitarian support mission on the Indonesian island of Nias in April 2005. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Family and friends come together to mark the ninth anniversary of the loss of nine ADF personnel who lost their lives when Sea King Shark 02 crashed during a humanitarian support mission on the Indonesian island of Nias in April 2005.

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.

Last toll

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts.

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.

Recognition for deserving Warrant Officer

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Warrant Officer Simon Koch of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre (AJAAC) is presented with his Australia Day Medallion by Lieutenant Commander Darren Naseto, Commanding Officer of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Warrant Officer Simon Koch of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre (AJAAC) is presented with his Australia Day Medallion by Lieutenant Commander Darren Naseto, Commanding Officer of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.

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.

Change of command at HMAS Albatross

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Captain Gordon Andrew hands the HMAS Albatross 'weight' and command of HMAS Albatross to Captain Simon Bateman. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Captain Gordon Andrew hands the HMAS Albatross 'weight' and command of HMAS Albatross to Captain Simon Bateman.

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.

Albatross gives Men’s Shed a flying start to 2014

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presents, from left, Kevin Camm, John Wasskiw, Frank Eyck and Keven Renneberg of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with the proceeds of the 2013 ‘Tour the T’ at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presents, from left, Kevin Camm, John Wasskiw, Frank Eyck and Keven Renneberg of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with the proceeds of the 2013 ‘Tour the T’ at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

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.