Topic: Naval Heritage and History

The last of the few yachties

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Doug Gilling (retd), 95, a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on May 4, 2017. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Doug Gilling (retd), 95, a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on May 4, 2017.

One Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme participant, possibly the last one of the original 500, had a number of narrow escapes during the Second World War.

A moment of quiet contemplation for Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

(L to R) CO Western Australian University Regiment, LTCOL Natalie Wigg, CO No. 25 Squadron, WGCDR Brett Mitchell, XO HMAS Stirling, CMDR Milton Treeby, RAN, and The Dean of Perth, Richard Pengelley, observe a minute's silence. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

(L to R) CO Western Australian University Regiment, LTCOL Natalie Wigg, CO No. 25 Squadron, WGCDR Brett Mitchell, XO HMAS Stirling, CMDR Milton Treeby, RAN, and The Dean of Perth, Richard Pengelley, observe a minute's silence.

A lone piper led a wreath-laying party past the Flame of Remembrance to the Western Australian State War Memorial in Kings Park to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Yachtsmen plaque dedicated at Memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant (LEUT) Doug Gilling (retd), a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial (AWM), Canberra, on May 4, 2017.

With him is Melbourne-based historian Janet Roberts Billett, who led the campaign to have a plaque at the AWM dedicated to the DYS.

 (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant (LEUT) Doug Gilling (retd), a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial (AWM), Canberra, on May 4, 2017. With him is Melbourne-based historian Janet Roberts Billett, who led the campaign to have a plaque at the AWM dedicated to the DYS.

The gritty persistence of a Melbourne historian to have a forgotten group of Second World War sailors recognised finally paid off when a plaque was dedicated to them at the Australian War Memorial on 4 May.

Coral Sea commemorated

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Chaplain Ian Lindsay lead VIPs, guests and ship's company of HMAS Choules in the Naval Prayer at the commemoration for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Chaplain Ian Lindsay lead VIPs, guests and ship's company of HMAS Choules in the Naval Prayer at the commemoration for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Australian Navy amphibious ship, HMAS Choules became the focus for commemorative activities for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea as she positioned herself in the waters of the conflict off Townsville on 1 May.

Commemorating 1942, the Royal Australian Navy's darkest year

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr John Perryman (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

HMAS Perth (I) was a modified Leander Class Light Cruiser which commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1939. (photo: UNKNOWN)

HMAS Perth (I) was a modified Leander Class Light Cruiser which commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1939.

During 2017 the Royal Australian Navy will pause to commemorate a number of significant 75th anniversaries as it focuses on what was, arguably, the Navy’s darkest year: 1942.

AK-47s seized by HMAS Darwin presented to Memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin and LEUT James Hodgkinson (left), Boarding Officer HMAS Darwain hand over weapons seized by HMAS Darwin on Op MANITOU to Nick Fletcher at the Australian War Memorial. (photo: Fiona Silsby)

Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin and LEUT James Hodgkinson (left), Boarding Officer HMAS Darwain hand over weapons seized by HMAS Darwin on Op MANITOU to Nick Fletcher at the Australian War Memorial.

Two AK-47s seized by the Royal Australian Navy during Operation MANITOU were presented to the Australian War Memorial to maintain the historic record of Defence’s contributions in the Middle East.

Birthday battle ensign hoisted in Parramatta

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Parramatta flies her Battle Ensign at sunset to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Australian White Ensign. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Parramatta flies her Battle Ensign at sunset to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Australian White Ensign.

Usually birthdays take a back seat in the middle of a multi-national war-fighting exercise, but the birthday of a Navy and the flag under which she serves is the exception.

Patrol boat salutes sailors on eternal patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Members of HMAS Maryborough conduct a memorial service for the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth II and USS Houston, in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, during a South East Asia Deployment. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Members of HMAS Maryborough conduct a memorial service for the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth II and USS Houston, in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, during a South East Asia Deployment.

The crew of the Darwin-based patrol boat, HMAS Maryborough, have marked the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth (I), with a midnight ceremony over the wreck in the Sunda Strait.

Enter 'The Badger’

Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

Paul Burnett holds HMAS Katoomba's badge. (photo: Dept of Defence)

Paul Burnett holds HMAS Katoomba's badge.

Since the birth of the Royal Australian Navy, all ships and establishments have had a badge to represent them, from HMAS Australia's crown on a federation star to the new destroyer, Hobart, it all comes down to one position.

Singapore sailor 'knew the end was nigh'

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author and photographer), Calvin Wong (photographer)

World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore. (photo: Corporal Max Bree)

World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore.

A white flag and Union Jack accompanied Britain’s Lieutenant General Arthur Percival as he was escorted through Japanese lines to sign the surrender of Singapore’s Commonwealth forces on 15 February 1942.