Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Darwin's war - remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade.

The nation’s eyes were firmly focussed on the northern capital of Darwin on 19 February as the city paused to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin by Imperial Japanese forces.

Darwin’s submarine - 75 years on

Published on by Dr Tom Lewis (author)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami). (photo: Unknown)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami).

Outside Darwin’s harbour, a Japanese submarine still lies with her 80-man crew on board.

Australian-US military memories preserved

Published on by LEUT Richard Morris (author)

US Navy personnel Lieutenant Sam Ward, left, and EMN1 Shawn Milender, right, from sister ship the Los Angeles class nuclear submarine USS Houston, with CO HMAS Perth (III) Captain Ivan Ingham, RAN, embarked in HMAS Perth for the passage from Fleet Base West to Jakarta to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the wreck sites of HMAS Perth (I) and USS Houston (II). (photo: Unknown)

US Navy personnel Lieutenant Sam Ward, left, and EMN1 Shawn Milender, right, from sister ship the Los Angeles class nuclear submarine USS Houston, with CO HMAS Perth (III) Captain Ivan Ingham, RAN, embarked in HMAS Perth for the passage from Fleet Base West to Jakarta to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the wreck sites of HMAS Perth (I) and USS Houston (II).

Joint maritime military history has been marked with sailors from Australia and the United States commemorating the loss of ships during the Second World War, in the waters where the ships sank.

Sydney sailor remembered in AWM service

Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Commander Paul Cottier will lead the reading to remember Able Seaman Martin Curtis James at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Commander Paul Cottier will lead the reading to remember Able Seaman Martin Curtis James at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony.

A sailor lost during HMAS Sydney’s battle with a German raider off the coast of Western Australia will be remembered at this afternoon’s Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony.

Navy commemorates the bombing of Darwin

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author)

Commemorations in Darwin yesterday, 74 years since the largest single attack by a foreign power on Australian soil.
 (photo: Unknown)

Commemorations in Darwin yesterday, 74 years since the largest single attack by a foreign power on Australian soil.

Navy personnel and a patrol boat have taken part in Australian Defence Force commemorations in Darwin to mark 74 years since the largest single attack by a foreign power on Australian soil.

Before her time - the tale of Navy's first female sailor

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Nancy Bentley, honorary member of the Royal Australian Navy, on board HMAS Sydney (I) in 1920. (photo: )

Nancy Bentley, honorary member of the Royal Australian Navy, on board HMAS Sydney (I) in 1920.

Twenty-one years before the first Women's Royal Australian Navy members (WRANs) entered service due to a shortage of telegraphists during the Second World War, a young Tasmanian girl was enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy.

Remembering Operation DESERT STORM

Published on by LEUT John Cole (author)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra. (photo: unknown)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra.

Navy has continued to honour its heritage and the contribution of serving members, with a memorial dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Gulf War.


Personal histories shared at Australian National Maritime Museum

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), Unknown (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Vic MacIntosh, Leading Seaman Kat Jones and Able Seaman Isaac Ingui with staff from the Australian National Maritime Museum. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Vic MacIntosh, Leading Seaman Kat Jones and Able Seaman Isaac Ingui with staff from the Australian National Maritime Museum.

An insight into life into sailors and officers in the Royal Australian Navy is on show as part of 'Action Stations', a new exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum Warship Pavilion.

Battle of Sunda Strait survivor farewelled

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author), Unknown (photographer), LS Lauren Black (photographer), ABIS Hayley Clarke (photographer)

Lieutenant Gavin Campbell. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Gavin Campbell.

Lieutenant Gavin Campbell, RAN (Retd), died in Sydney last week after a long illness, at the age of 94. He was the remaining surviving commissioned officer of the Royal Australian Navy wartime cruiser HMAS Perth (I).

Clocktower's future is a nod to the past

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Mrs Joan Webber wife of Peter Webber with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the official opening of The old Clock Tower Gymnasium, HMAS Creswell. 

Mrs Webber's late husband's wish was to donate his Collection of 12 model sailing ships, which covers 400 years of sailing history, to teh base to be displayed. 
Mr Peter Webber passed away in 2005. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Mrs Joan Webber wife of Peter Webber with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the official opening of The old Clock Tower Gymnasium, HMAS Creswell. Mrs Webber's late husband's wish was to donate his Collection of 12 model sailing ships, which covers 400 years of sailing history, to teh base to be displayed. Mr Peter Webber passed away in 2005.

To any naval officer that went through initial training at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell, the Clocktower Gymnasium is iconic.