Section: Community

Navy gets dirty for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Reuben Sugars (author), SBLT Harry Joseland (photographer)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done. (photo: SBLT Harry Joseland)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done.

Fifteen personnel from HMAS Cerberus Technical Training Faculty braved a course of mud and obstacles in stormy weather to raise funds for Beyond Blue on Sunday 20 October.

Navy people having an abseil of a time

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy personnel assisting with the Abseil for Youth event for the Sir David Martin Foundation, held in the Sydney CBD. (photo: ABIS Ryan McKenzie)

Royal Australian Navy personnel assisting with the Abseil for Youth event for the Sir David Martin Foundation, held in the Sydney CBD.

Navy has thrown its support behind the Sir David Martin Foundation’s 10th annual Abseil for Youth event in the heart of Sydney, with more than 40 officers and sailors from units across Fleet Base East sharing their time to help to help man support lines as brave volunteers stepped over the edge of a dizzying 135 metre drop.

Comet Bay College students enhance submarine laundry capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Students and teachers of Comet Bay College present their handmade laundry bags to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, along with the crew members on board HMAS Collins, Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Students and teachers of Comet Bay College present their handmade laundry bags to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, along with the crew members on board HMAS Collins, Fleet Base West, WA.

Sailors from HMAS Collins were delighted to receive laundry bags made by Year 10 students in home economics classes at Comet Bay College in Western Australia.

Moreton bleeds for the challenge

Published on by LSML-SC Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Members of HMAS Moreton gather at the Brisbane City Blood Donation Centre., which holds significance for Defence as this building was the former Defence Force Recruiting building. (photo: LSML-SC Hayden Eyles)

Members of HMAS Moreton gather at the Brisbane City Blood Donation Centre., which holds significance for Defence as this building was the former Defence Force Recruiting building.

Officers and sailors at HMAS Moreton have answered the Chief of Navy’s call - joining the hundreds of Navy personnel donating blood for the Defence Blood Challenge.

Navy sails to blood donation record, turns sights to a Red October

Published on by Mr Josh Williams (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

File image, L-R: Leading Seaman Steward Alister Harrison; Seaman Boatswains Mate Dylan Carew; Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chris Carrick; and Lieutenant Emily Kennedy after donating blood during the 2013 Defence Blood Challenge. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

File image, L-R: Leading Seaman Steward Alister Harrison; Seaman Boatswains Mate Dylan Carew; Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Chris Carrick; and Lieutenant Emily Kennedy after donating blood during the 2013 Defence Blood Challenge.

On 9 September, the Royal Australian Navy bled for a cause, smashing the record for the most blood donations in a day in the ACT/NSW area.

Malibu School benefits from Navy’s community-minded leadership training initiative

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPO Martin Ball (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted) (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted)

The School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West regularly provides community support to the Malibu School, in a community-minded initiative that also provides Navy’s sailors with an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.

Navy veteran scores a ton

Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), LEUT Anthony Martin (photographer)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II and is also the year Harold (Tom) Upton turned 100 years old. The Second World War Navy veteran celebrated his century surrounded by family and some new friends from today’s Navy.

Police commendation for brave Navy Diver

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Christopher Wright receives a New South Wales Police Area Commander’s Commendation from Superintendent Dave Darcy, Commander Northern Beaches Police Area Command, at Dee Why RSL Club, in Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Christopher Wright receives a New South Wales Police Area Commander’s Commendation from Superintendent Dave Darcy, Commander Northern Beaches Police Area Command, at Dee Why RSL Club, in Sydney, NSW.

There are plenty of accounts of Navy personnel displaying bravery in dangerous situations at sea, but for one Clearance Diver heroism on land has earned him a special commendation from the New South Wales Police.

Moreton volunteers make great headway with Brisbane Badge Week efforts

Published on by LCDR Anne Mena (author), CPO Paul Cannard (photographer), Kate Scott (photographer)

HMAS Moreton volunteers at Anzac Square, Brisbane, supporting Legacy Badge Week 2019. (photo: CPO Paul Cannard)

HMAS Moreton volunteers at Anzac Square, Brisbane, supporting Legacy Badge Week 2019.

Legacy Week is a time when Legacy sells its iconic badges and other merchandise to raise funds for the vital work it does for families of veterans. Legacy Week is always the first week of September and has been held since World War II.

Roll up, roll up, and be part of Navy’s life-saving record attempt

Published on by Mr Josh Williams (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Leading Seaman Liz McCallum signs up Able Seaman Emma Davies for a blood donation, with Billy the Blood Drop at Navy Headquarters, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Leading Seaman Liz McCallum signs up Able Seaman Emma Davies for a blood donation, with Billy the Blood Drop at Navy Headquarters, Canberra.

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, has called for volunteers to participate in Navy’s record-breaking attempt as part of the 2019 Defence Blood Challenge.