Section: Community

Albatross book drive brings community together while apart for Reconciliation Week

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020.

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.

Blue Tree Project - a Stirling initiative for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA.

Garden Island, WA is not only home to Navy’s largest base, HMAS Stirling, but also to unique fauna and flora - including a variety of tree that stands out from the rest, mainly because of its bright blue paint.

Cadets take the helm at Maritime Skills Camp

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Barber (author)

(This image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). L-R: CDTAB Georgina Cox (TS Henty), Cadet Leading Seaman Ivy O’Halloran (TS Albury), and Cadet Petty Officer Shanelle Baker (TS Tamar) remove a propeller from a tapered shaft in the training ship the former MV Stephen Brown. (photo: )

(This image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). L-R: CDTAB Georgina Cox (TS Henty), Cadet Leading Seaman Ivy O’Halloran (TS Albury), and Cadet Petty Officer Shanelle Baker (TS Tamar) remove a propeller from a tapered shaft in the training ship the former MV Stephen Brown.

Earlier this year, before physical distancing was required, eighteen Navy Cadets from around Australia successfully navigated a series of maritime duties and drills in a three-day training camp aimed at giving them hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in the Royal Australian Navy.

Warship Alliance digs deep for charity

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance Executive Assistant Kerryne Herridge (front left) and WAMA Alliance General Manager Russell Parker (front right) with (back row L-R) WAMA Office Services Manager Adam McLachlan; Asset Lifecycle Technical Officer Jason Phillips; and Anzac Ships Project Office Director Gary Watson at the WAMA Alliance office in Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance Executive Assistant Kerryne Herridge (front left) and WAMA Alliance General Manager Russell Parker (front right) with (back row L-R) WAMA Office Services Manager Adam McLachlan; Asset Lifecycle Technical Officer Jason Phillips; and Anzac Ships Project Office Director Gary Watson at the WAMA Alliance office in Rockingham, WA.

The Warship Asset Management Agreement Alliance, also known as WAMA, has reached a significant milestone in charity donations through its Team Anzac Charity Canteen.

CN approval leaves permanent mark of respect at Sydney (II) Memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author), Mr Trevor Ralph (photographer)

The Australian White Ensign flies permanently at the HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton, Western Australia. (photo: Mr Trevor Ralph)

The Australian White Ensign flies permanently at the HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton, Western Australia.

The HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton in WA has become a place of pilgrimage for 65,000 visitors each year, and a recent decision by the Chief of Navy has added a final special touch to the important commemorative site.

Cerberus clocks the kilometres for Soldier On

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

Australian Defence members of HMAS Cerberus conducting the 42km run for the Soldier On Anzac Marathon during Anzac Day at Cerberus Gymnasium, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Australian Defence members of HMAS Cerberus conducting the 42km run for the Soldier On Anzac Marathon during Anzac Day at Cerberus Gymnasium, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus hosted an Anzac Day fundraiser for Soldier On on 25 April, led by Cerberus’ Physical Training Instructors and conducted outside the base’s gymnasium facility.

Keeping Watch supports Navy family after horror holiday accident

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author)

Able Seaman Cooper Blackwood and his partner, Able Seaman Sarah Horn, in Brisbane after Cooper's holiday accident in Bali. (photo: )

Able Seaman Cooper Blackwood and his partner, Able Seaman Sarah Horn, in Brisbane after Cooper's holiday accident in Bali.

Enjoying a break from their ship by the pool of a resort, a well-earned holiday in Bali turned tragic for a young Navy couple when water-lover Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Cooper Blackwood dived into the resort pool to cool down.

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.

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.