Topic: Naval Heritage

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)

(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.

Commemorating 1942, the Royal Australian Navy's Darkest Year

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr John Perryman (author), Able Seaman 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.

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.