Life on the sea is definitely for sailor Kiralee, although this Bateman’s Bay local said it will be that little bit harder around Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is traditionally a day when Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht and his two kids go out of their way to show wife and mother Amber how much she is loved.
When Seaman Aviation Support Georgia Bronkhorst says she has her mother to thank for being able to serve at sea, she’s not exaggerating.
When Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Inger Ellingsen was growing up in Norway, she had no inkling that her future career would be on the other side of the globe as part of the team driving the Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship.
Students from Redlynch State College in Cairns brought a tear to the eyes of veterans and serving members alike with their handwritten Anzac letters of thanks, part of a campaign to connect with veterans and serving ADF members who may have felt isolated on Anzac Day 2020.
Growing up in Bunbury, WA, Able Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Stephanie Hart spent her youth commemorating Anzac Day at a local Dawn Service. For Anzac Day 2020 she was on the opposite side of the country – off the coast of Queensland on board HMAS Adelaide.
The opportunity to combine his Indigenous heritage and military service is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for one of Navy’s newest sailors, Seaman Lynton Robbins, who was selected to play didgeridoo at the Australian War Memorial for the Anzac Day national ceremony.
Seaman Boatswains Mate Reece Conquest-Young’s most enduring Anzac Day memory is putting on his great-grandfather’s service medals and attending the local RSL Dawn Service and march. This year is first time he has been at sea on Anzac Day.
Serving Australia and spending Anzac Day at sea is not something HMAS Adelaide Scientific Officer Lieutenant Intae Park envisaged growing up in Seoul, South Korea.
For Senior Medical Officer Commander Douglas Falconer, Anzac Day this year will be marked at sea in HMAS Adelaide rather than at his local RSL Dawn Service.