Section: People

Third Mother’s Day away for Navy mum

This article has photo gallery Published on by FLTLT Chloe Stevenson (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kiralee Ekin holds a letter from her son on the forecastle of HMAS Toowoomba during a six-month deployment in the Middle East Region for Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kiralee Ekin holds a letter from her son on the forecastle of HMAS Toowoomba during a six-month deployment in the Middle East Region for Operation MANITOU.

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.

Family inspired HMAS Adelaide sailor’s career

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht will send a message to his wife and mother of his two children while serving at sea on HMAS Adelaide this Mother's Day. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht will send a message to his wife and mother of his two children while serving at sea on HMAS Adelaide this 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.

Mother’s sacrifice helps keep aviation sailor at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Seaman Aviation Support Georgia Bronkhorst holds photos of her two children and mother while standing on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Seaman Aviation Support Georgia Bronkhorst holds photos of her two children and mother while standing on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide.

When Seaman Aviation Support Georgia Bronkhorst says she has her mother to thank for being able to serve at sea, she’s not exaggerating.

Arctic upbringing adds resilience for NUSHIP Sydney officer

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Craig Walton (photographer)

Then Sub Lieutenant Inger Ellingsen determines range with a Stuart's marine distance meter as HMAS Hobart (III) departs Garden Island, Sydney, in February 2018. (photo: ABIS Craig Walton)

Then Sub Lieutenant Inger Ellingsen determines range with a Stuart's marine distance meter as HMAS Hobart (III) departs Garden Island, Sydney, in February 2018.

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.

Anzac letters deliver tears and thanks

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Defence School Mentor for Redlynch State College, Nadine Eddy, with Year 6 student Jakob Cross, 11, and the letter he wrote for local Navy veteran Ken Traill. (photo: )

Defence School Mentor for Redlynch State College, Nadine Eddy, with Year 6 student Jakob Cross, 11, and the letter he wrote for local Navy veteran Ken Traill.

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.

Family in her ‘Hart’ as sailor spends Anzac Day at sea

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

Able Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Stephanie Hart speaks with Chief Petty Officer Maritime Personnel Manager Andrea Murphy on board HMAS Adelaide while the ship conducts First of Class Flight trials off the coast of Queensland. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Able Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Stephanie Hart speaks with Chief Petty Officer Maritime Personnel Manager Andrea Murphy on board HMAS Adelaide while the ship conducts First of Class Flight trials off the coast of Queensland.

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.

Proud to be asked to play

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Seaman Lynton Robbins at the Australian War Memorial, 21 April 2020. (photo: CPL Sebastian Beurich)

Royal Australian Navy Seaman Lynton Robbins at the Australian War Memorial, 21 April 2020.

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.

Great-grandfather’s memory inspires first Anzac Day at sea

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

Seaman Boatswains Mate Reece Conquest-Young onboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Seaman Boatswains Mate Reece Conquest-Young onboard HMAS Adelaide.

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.

From Seoul, to serving Australia at sea

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

Lieutenant Intae Park is the Australian Army Scientific Officer aboard HMAS Adelaide while the ship conducts First of Class Flight Trials off the coast of Queensland. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Lieutenant Intae Park is the Australian Army Scientific Officer aboard HMAS Adelaide while the ship conducts First of Class Flight Trials off the coast of Queensland.

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.

Marking service and sacrifice at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Commander Douglas Falconer, RAN, briefs aviation personnel on HMAS Adelaide before the ship commences First of Class Flight Trials off the coast of Queensland. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Commander Douglas Falconer, RAN, briefs aviation personnel on HMAS Adelaide before the ship commences First of Class Flight Trials off the coast of Queensland.

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.