Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

HMAS Canberra joins the fleet

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Petty Officer Communication and Information Systems Chloe Oliver with the Australian White Ensign where it will be hoisted for the first time in the newly commissioned HMAS Canberra. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Petty Officer Communication and Information Systems Chloe Oliver with the Australian White Ensign where it will be hoisted for the first time in the newly commissioned HMAS Canberra.

The Governor General of Australia, together with the Prime Minister of Australia, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock was welcomed into service in the Royal Australian Navy.

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.

New Chief of Navy takes command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), Mr Steve Dent (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN takes the salute for the last time as Chief of Navy. (photo: Steve Dent)

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN takes the salute for the last time as Chief of Navy.

Over 500 Royal Australian Navy personnel farewelled the outgoing Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and welcomed their new leader Vice Admiral Tim Barrett in an official ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square in Canberra today.

HMAS Melbourne and USS Frank E Evans collision remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Jake Badior (author)

RADM Tony Horton, AO, RAN (Rtd) addresses attendees of the 45th Anniversary of the HMAS Melbourne (II) and USS Frank E Evans collision in a small ceremony held at Garden Island Chapel, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

RADM Tony Horton, AO, RAN (Rtd) addresses attendees of the 45th Anniversary of the HMAS Melbourne (II) and USS Frank E Evans collision in a small ceremony held at Garden Island Chapel, Sydney.

Forty-five years after the USS Frank E Evans collided with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (II) in the South China Sea, personnel who served on the night have reunited for a memorial service in Sydney.

HMAS Stuart sailors commemorate the loss of HMAS Vampire (I)

Published on by PO Zamri Burns (author), ABEW Sonny Daye (photographer)

Members of HMAS Stuart’s Ships Company at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Vampire (I).              (photo: ABEW Sonny Daye)

Members of HMAS Stuart’s Ships Company at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Vampire (I).

A group of Officers and Sailors from HMAS Stuart were privileged to take part in a special commemoration service for HMAS Vampire (I) at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne during a recent ship visit.

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. The submarines had used Fremantle and Albany as home ports for some of the war. 

Great sailor to be honoured at Last Post Ceremony

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author)

Members of Australia's Federation Guard conduct the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: CPL Jake Sims)

Members of Australia's Federation Guard conduct the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Tonight at the Australian War Memorial, during the Last Post Ceremony, the story of Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp will be read in honour of his sacrifice in the service of his country, Australia. His story will be read by Medal for Gallantry recipient, Chief Petty Officer Ben Sime. 

The past welcomes Navy’s future

Published on by WO Vaughan King (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, RAN greets special guest Mr David Manning at the Emms Division graduation Parade. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, RAN greets special guest Mr David Manning at the Emms Division graduation Parade.

When General Entry 319, Emms Division, graduated from the Royal Australian Navy’s Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus recently, there was a very special guest in the audience whose presence made the graduates stand a little taller than usual. 

Keel laid for the second Air Warfare Destroyer in Adelaide

Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author), CPL David Gibbs (photographer)

ASC Apprentices Jayden Cairns and Courtney Bird lay the coin in the keel of the second Air Warfare Destroyer at the ASC Shipyards. (photo: CPL David Gibbs)

ASC Apprentices Jayden Cairns and Courtney Bird lay the coin in the keel of the second Air Warfare Destroyer at the ASC Shipyards.

This week another milestone was reached for the Air Warfare Destroyer project when the keel of the Royal Australian Navy’s second destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane was laid in Adelaide.

Loss of HMAS Perth remembered

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

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait.

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.