Topic: Naval Heritage and History

The Bravo Zulu Project

Published on by CMDR Alistair Cooper (author)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years.

Led by a retired Navy Captain, a small group of volunteer researchers is seeking out the background stories behind every imperial, national, civil and foreign honour and award made to Australian naval people from 1900 to Australia Day 2014.

Last Post for HMAS Canberra (I) sailor

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author and photographer)

Crowds gather at the Australian War Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony on 9 August 2014 to hear the story of Supply Assistant H.R. Keats who died when HMAS Canberra (I) sank in 1942 during the battle of Savo Island. (photo: LCDR Chloe Wootten)

Crowds gather at the Australian War Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony on 9 August 2014 to hear the story of Supply Assistant H.R. Keats who died when HMAS Canberra (I) sank in 1942 during the battle of Savo Island.

Recently during the Australian War Memorial's Last Post Ceremony, Lieutenant Commander Greg McTernan had the special duty of remembering one particular sailor killed in action when HMAS Canberra (I) was sunk on the same day, during the Battle of Savo Island in 1942.

Service marks 72 years since the loss of Kuttabul

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, RAN salutes the HMAS Kuttabul memorial site after laying a wreath at a small ceremony on Garden Island Navy Base, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, RAN salutes the HMAS Kuttabul memorial site after laying a wreath at a small ceremony on Garden Island Navy Base, Sydney.

Representatives from Japan, the United States, New Zealand, Britain, the Netherlands and Australia attended a commemorative service at Garden Island, Sydney, last week, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Kuttabul (I).

A patch on you

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

Marking the centenary of submarines in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), RAN officer Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Richard Smallwood presents Leading Seaman Shane McAinsch with the centennial patch at the Sembawang Wharf Singapore. (photo: CPL David Cotton)

Marking the centenary of submarines in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), RAN officer Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Richard Smallwood presents Leading Seaman Shane McAinsch with the centennial patch at the Sembawang Wharf Singapore.

Submariners across the Australian Fleet will this year be sporting a new patch on the right arm of their Disruptive Pattern Naval Uniform.

Public invited to visit Navy's heritage displays in lead up to Anzac centenary

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Director of Navy Heritage Collection, Commander Alex Hawes RAN, at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Director of Navy Heritage Collection, Commander Alex Hawes RAN, at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

Traditions and customs are the foundations of the strong bonds between sailors, officers and their ships, so it is only fitting that the Royal Australian Navy collects, maintains and displays the items that chronicle its heritage.

Aye, there’s the rub…of HMAS Albany

Published on by Ms Gemma Haines (author), SGT Phil Kafcaloudes (photographer)

Professor Ian Howard displays his proof of concept for his upcoming artistic piece. He will use wax crayons to get rubbings of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany alongside HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: SGT Phil Kafcaloudes)

Professor Ian Howard displays his proof of concept for his upcoming artistic piece. He will use wax crayons to get rubbings of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany alongside HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany is set be immortalised in art and displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Spectacle Island - guardian of Navy’s heart and soul

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

Various Navy heritage collections at the Main Repository located on Spectacle Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Various Navy heritage collections at the Main Repository located on Spectacle Island, Sydney.

A visit to Spectacle Island is tantamount to travelling back through time. The island is a depository of historical artefacts, collected over more than 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy’s history.

Remembering submariners on eternal patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA.

As the bell tolled on Sunday, the names of each of the 52 United States Navy submarines that had sailed from Australia to a watery grave during World War II were read out during a memorial service at Albany, Western Australia.

Two new paintings boost Creswell’s historic collection

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Mr Bob Auston, left, and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Mr Bob Auston, left, and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell.

Two paintings of HMAS Voyager and HMAS Melbourne, telling a very personal and tragic story, were recently donated to the Historic Collection at HMAS Creswell by Mr Bob Auston.

Unknown sailor’s grave dedicated

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

The Unknown Sailor of HMAS Goorangai at Williamstown Cemetery, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

The Unknown Sailor of HMAS Goorangai at Williamstown Cemetery, Victoria.

Determination to remedy a job of expediency done during WWII resulted in an unknown sailor receiving a headstone on his previously unmarked grave at Williamstown on 24 April.