Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Battle of the Coral Sea remembered on the Central Coast

Published on by CMDR David Jones (author)

Lieutenant Commander Steven Reynolds, CSM, RAN; Federal Minister for Dobell, Mrs Karen McNamara; and USA Vice Consul, Ms Mary Pellegrini; at the Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative  service at The Entrance, NSW. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Steven Reynolds, CSM, RAN; Federal Minister for Dobell, Mrs Karen McNamara; and USA Vice Consul, Ms Mary Pellegrini; at the Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative service at The Entrance, NSW.

A number of commemorative services were held to recognise the Battle of the Coral Sea, a battle that many consider turned the tide in the Pacific theatre when a combined force of United States and Australian warships halted the Japanese push towards Australia.

HMAS Stuart sailors tour historic HMAS Castlemaine

Published on by LCDR Michelle Ryan (author), CPOML-S Stephen Slack (photographer)

HMAS Stuart's Ship’s Company stand in front of the World War Two Minesweeper, HMAS Castlemaine in Williamstown, Victoria. (photo: CPOML-S Stephen Slack)

HMAS Stuart's Ship’s Company stand in front of the World War Two Minesweeper, HMAS Castlemaine in Williamstown, Victoria.

A group of Officers and Sailors from HMAS Stuart recently toured the World War Two Minesweeper, HMAS Castlemaine in Williamstown, Victoria.

Defence families warmly welcomed to the Shoalhaven

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman; Director General Defence Community Organisation Mr Ray Bromwich; Patron of the Defence Community Linda Hurley; Military Support Officer Lieutenant Commander Liz Waddel; DCO Co-Ordinator Nowra Helene Kendall; and Mr Terry Hethrington at the DCO Welcome to the Shoalhaven day held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman; Director General Defence Community Organisation Mr Ray Bromwich; Patron of the Defence Community Linda Hurley; Military Support Officer Lieutenant Commander Liz Waddel; DCO Co-Ordinator Nowra Helene Kendall; and Mr Terry Hethrington at the DCO Welcome to the Shoalhaven day held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW.

The Defence Community Organisation’s (DCO) annual ‘Welcome to the Shoalhaven’ family day and expo was held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at HMAS Albatross on the weekend, in glorious south coast sunshine.

Bradleys Head memorial walk unveiled

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, speaks to invited guests at the opening of the Naval Monument at Bradleys Head, Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, speaks to invited guests at the opening of the Naval Monument at Bradleys Head, Sydney, NSW.

The brave actions of Naval personnel lost in battle were remembered recently, with the Naval Monument at Bradleys Head officially dedicated by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP.

Sailor remembered by generations

Published on by LCDR Angella Hillis (author), Mr Lachlan Grant (Australian War Memorial) (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer)

Four generations of the Naismith family, with naval links in each generation, visited the Australian War Memorial as part of the HMAS Perth (I) and Last Post ceremonies. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Four generations of the Naismith family, with naval links in each generation, visited the Australian War Memorial as part of the HMAS Perth (I) and Last Post ceremonies.

Friday evening at the Australian War Memorial, Mechanician (MECH) Robert Naismith who was killed in action during World War II at the Battle of Sunda Strait was honoured by four generations of his family during the Last Post ceremony.

The Chief reflects on Navy's 113th birthday

Published on by LEUT Kate Mathias (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN cuts the cake with Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Hiep for the Royal Australian Navy's 113th birthday celebration held at HMAS Harman, Canberra. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN cuts the cake with Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Hiep for the Royal Australian Navy's 113th birthday celebration held at HMAS Harman, Canberra.

As Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral (VADM) Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN addressed a reception in honour of Navy's 113th birthday, he reminded all those in uniform that it is a day to remember Navy’s heritage.

Last toll

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts.

For centuries ship’s bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of Navy vessels and their crews. They are routinely used to signal the hour on board a ship and to regulate sailors’ watches but one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ship's bell as a baptismal font for christenings.

Loss of HMAS Perth (I) remembered

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses guests at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses guests at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Two of just six surviving members of HMAS Perth (I), together with descendants of other Perth sailors and Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen RAN gathered at the Australian War Memorial today to commemorate the ship’s loss 72 years ago.

100 years of submarines

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E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea. (photo: Unknown. Image sourced from the Naval Historical Collection.)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea.

A hundred years ago today, the very first submarines were commissioned into service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Darwin bombing remembered

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LAC Terry Hartin (photographer)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph. (photo: LAC Terry Hartin)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph.

Royal Australian Navy personnel stood side by side their United States counterparts yesterday in commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, which occurred on 19 February 1942.