Section: Community

Cerberus - bleeding the way

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Dave Devlin (author), CWO Michael Connors (photographer)

Seaman Gap Year Louise Schultz celebrated her 19th birthday by making her first ever blood donation, at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre in Frankston, Victoria, as part of the 2020 Defence Blood Challenge. (photo: CWO Michael Connors)

Seaman Gap Year Louise Schultz celebrated her 19th birthday by making her first ever blood donation, at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre in Frankston, Victoria, as part of the 2020 Defence Blood Challenge.

With Australia currently needing 29,000 blood donations each week, ship’s company of HMAS Cerberus have rallied together to book out an entire daily schedule at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Frankston Donor Centre in Victoria.

Albatross supports women and children in need

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Able Seaman Sophie Langton; Petty Officer Casey Smith; Petty Officer Cassandra Duncan; and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, together with Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) volunteers, setting up at the SAHSSI donation drop off point. (photo: Unknown)

Able Seaman Sophie Langton; Petty Officer Casey Smith; Petty Officer Cassandra Duncan; and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, together with Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) volunteers, setting up at the SAHSSI donation drop off point.

When the women of HMAS Albatross Command Team visited the Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra earlier this year, they left with a determination to build on that activity and to continue to offer support.

Legacy has the backs of Navy veterans and families

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Family of the late Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Adam Allcroft; Ms Kaylea Allcroft, left, and Ms Kym Alexander share their story as part of Legacy Week 2020, at Woolloomooloo, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Leo Baumgartner)

Family of the late Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Adam Allcroft; Ms Kaylea Allcroft, left, and Ms Kym Alexander share their story as part of Legacy Week 2020, at Woolloomooloo, Sydney.

For 78 years, Legacy has had the backs of the families of Navy veterans who have given their lives or health, providing life-altering services in the form of counselling, special housing, educational, social, medical and advocacy support.

Our Cadets Need You

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Nic Robinson (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), LSIS Brad Darvill (photographer)

Australian Navy Cadets conduct a ceremonial parade during their National Training Camp at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, October 2018. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Australian Navy Cadets conduct a ceremonial parade during their National Training Camp at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, October 2018.

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) is a youth organisation for people aged 13-17 years of age and they are currently seeking Expressions of Interest nationally, to perform the roles of Officers and Instructors of Cadets.

Threads of thanks for leading quilter

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LEUT Elizabeth Fluck (photographer), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters. (photo: LEUT Elizabeth Fluck)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters.

Hundreds of Navy people can attest to the gratitude they felt to be sent a handcrafted, volunteer-made quilt while deployed on operations. Now after eight years supporting Navy people, Mrs Jan-Maree Ball, leader of Aussie Hero Quilts, has been presented with a quilt of her own.

Albatross delivers breakfast club and pizza party to homeless hub

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub. (photo: )

Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub.

Winter is an especially busy time for many Shoalhaven support services, which means the HMAS Albatross Community Engagement Team has also been busy providing assistance however and whenever they can.

Comet Bay College honours its Navy story

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Five former students, now sailors from HMAS Stirling, visited with some senior students and the headmaster at Comet Bay College in WA. L-R: Student Tyron Powles; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Jake Starkie; Comet Bay College Headmaster Mr Jamie Hayres; Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Daniel Molley; Student Hannah Weise; Student Lachlan O'Hehir; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dillon Slater; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chantelle Whitaker; and Seaman Gap Year Marli-Jay Robertson. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Five former students, now sailors from HMAS Stirling, visited with some senior students and the headmaster at Comet Bay College in WA. L-R: Student Tyron Powles; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Jake Starkie; Comet Bay College Headmaster Mr Jamie Hayres; Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Daniel Molley; Student Hannah Weise; Student Lachlan O'Hehir; Able Seaman Electronics Technician Dillon Slater; Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chantelle Whitaker; and Seaman Gap Year Marli-Jay Robertson.

Serving Navy members from HMAS Stirling recently attended their former school, Comet Bay College in Secret Harbour, Western Australia, as the college acknowledged their service in the school’s Hall of Honour.

Sixty years since Navy bedrock was laid

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author), LSIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson. (photo: LSIS Steven Thomson)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson.

Over 60 years have passed since one of the Navy’s most iconic buildings was erected. On 30 April 1960, the foundation stone for the HMAS Watson Chapel was laid.

Band performance inspires generous donation to Keeping Watch

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place).

Following the experience of a lively monthly ‘Soundwaves’ concert at HMAS Cerberus last year, Mr Patrick Morel was most impressed, and soon after requested a concert at the Cumberland View Retirement Village for himself and his fellow residents.

Engaging communities in a socially distanced world

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Students check out the Navy photographic display installed by HMAS Albatross’ Navy Community Engagement Program team at Ulladulla High School for its Careers Week initiative. (photo: )

Students check out the Navy photographic display installed by HMAS Albatross’ Navy Community Engagement Program team at Ulladulla High School for its Careers Week initiative.

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.