Section: People

Navy’s Indigenous Advisors drive change

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), ABIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale leads Bungaree, the Navy's Indigenous Performance Group, during the Chief of Navy handover ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra, in 2014. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale leads Bungaree, the Navy's Indigenous Performance Group, during the Chief of Navy handover ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra, in 2014.

The Royal Australian Navy has a long connection with Australia's proud Indigenous heritage through Navy’s people and operations. Indigenous sailors have served in the Royal Australian Navy since its formation and in the Navies of pre-federation Australia.

High achiever crowns successful year with Queen’s Gold Medal

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Queen's Gold Medal winner Sub Lieutenant Liam Whitfeld on board HMAS Hobart, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Queen's Gold Medal winner Sub Lieutenant Liam Whitfeld on board HMAS Hobart, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

High-achieving Maritime Warfare Officer Sub-Lieutenant Liam Whitfeld has been crowned as the recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for 2019, capping off an already successful 12 months.

New songsheet for experienced Navy Musician

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSMUSN Jonathan Rendell (author), PTE Olivia Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Dan Hobson, RAN, newly promoted from the rank of Chief Petty Officer Musician, on 5 July 2020. (photo: PTE Olivia Cameron)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Dan Hobson, RAN, newly promoted from the rank of Chief Petty Officer Musician, on 5 July 2020.

When Dan Hobson joined the Royal Australian Navy, he had no idea that 23 years later he would go from being one of the Royal Australian Navy Band’s most experienced senior sailor Musicians to a junior officer in the field of Maritime Logistics.

Nelson’s legacy for our NEXT generation leaders

Published on by MIDN Mairé Starkey (author), AB Nadia Monteith (photographer)

Then Lieutenant Commander Kerry Rohrsheim addresses quests upon receiving the Lord Nelson Sword of Excellence in 2009. (photo: Able Seaman Nadia Montetih)

Then Lieutenant Commander Kerry Rohrsheim addresses quests upon receiving the Lord Nelson Sword of Excellence in 2009.

Famed for his stunning victory over the combined Spanish and French Fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson’s legacy remains strongly connected to today’s Royal Australian Navy.

Two dozen Navy personnel on the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Jonathon Booth, Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours List Conspicuous Service Medal recipient, at the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship's Safety at HMAS Creswell. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Jonathon Booth, Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours List Conspicuous Service Medal recipient, at the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship's Safety at HMAS Creswell.

On the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, 24 Navy personnel have joined the long number of other servicemen and women who have been appointed to the Order of Australia or Conspicuous Service awards.

Grand achievement for Navy MAWO

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Flight Commander Lieutenant Commander Damien Liberale, RAN onboard HMAS Parramatta alongside Fleet Base East.
 (photo: LSIS Leo Baumgartner)

Flight Commander Lieutenant Commander Damien Liberale, RAN onboard HMAS Parramatta alongside Fleet Base East.

Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Lieutenant Commander Damian Liberale recently celebrated the impressive feat of 1000 hours flying time in Sikorsky Seahawk helicopters while deployed in HMAS Parramatta.

Program staff lead the way for Indigenous recruits

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LEUT Dave Devlin (photographer)

Instructor with the Navy Indigenous Development Program, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kyh Mye. (photo: LEUT Dave Devlin)

Instructor with the Navy Indigenous Development Program, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kyh Mye.

The Navy Indigenous Development Program is designed to assist Indigenous Australians in reaching the required standard to permanently enlist into the Australian Defence Force through completion of nationally recognised training.

Navy appoints full time Indigenous Advisor

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Navy’s new Indigenous Advisor Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard, then a Petty Officer, during a workshop taught by the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe at Middle Head, Sydney, in 2019. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Navy’s new Indigenous Advisor Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard, then a Petty Officer, during a workshop taught by the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe at Middle Head, Sydney, in 2019.

Navy has appointed Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard as fulltime Navy Indigenous Advisor, part of its commitment to the Government’s Defence Reconciliation Action Plan.

Imagery Specialist trainees adapt to the times

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), PTE Olivia Cameron (photographer), ABBM Daniel Goodman (photographer), AB Sittichai Sakonpoonpol (photographer)

Australian Defence Force Imagery Specialist students conduct their initial employment training at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. Front: Private Dustin Anderson, left, and Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operations Sittichai Sakonpoonpol. Back, from left, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Leon Dafonte Fernandez; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Goodman; Private Olivia Cameron; and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Nadav Harel. (photo: PTE Olivia Cameron)

Australian Defence Force Imagery Specialist students conduct their initial employment training at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. Front: Private Dustin Anderson, left, and Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operations Sittichai Sakonpoonpol. Back, from left, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Leon Dafonte Fernandez; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Goodman; Private Olivia Cameron; and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Nadav Harel.

Like many things, the latest session of the Australian Defence Force Imagery Specialist Initial Employment Training program has looked a little different this year.

Work placement doesn’t stop Navy nurse Jess from supporting the mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Ben Robinson (author), SGT Murray Staff (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, from Navy Headquarters in South Australia, at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide. (photo: SGT Murray Staff)

Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, from Navy Headquarters in South Australia, at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide.

Elizabeth North local, Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, is a nursing officer at Adelaide’s Lyell McEwin Hospital. Undertaking a two-year placement, she never expected to be responding to a global pandemic.