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Great escape relic returns home for Anzac Centenary

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A lifebuoy from the Schooner Ayesha that was seized by Lieutenant Hellmuth Von Mucke in 1914 after being stranded on Direction Island.              (photo: Unknown)

A lifebuoy from the Schooner Ayesha that was seized by Lieutenant Hellmuth Von Mucke in 1914 after being stranded on Direction Island.

Part of a schooner hijacked in the Great War comes home to the Cocos Islands.

The band played on

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Band perform at the Albany Entertainment Centre as part of the activities associated with the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

The Royal Australian Navy Band perform at the Albany Entertainment Centre as part of the activities associated with the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

If music is the ‘universal language of mankind’ then the Royal Australian Navy Band kept their communicating all weekend, with three community concerts over the three day period at the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

Battle of Cocos commemorated 100 years on

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

The Governor-General, His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove lay a wreath on behalf of all Australians during the Service to Commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Cocos Island.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

The Governor-General, His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove lay a wreath on behalf of all Australians during the Service to Commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Cocos Island.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, travelled to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to commemorate the action between HMAS Sydney (I) and the German light cruiser SMS Emden, which occurred on 9 November 1914.

Amazing book captures 100 years of pride in the fleet

Published on by Mr Ian Paterson (author), Images courtesy of SALT (photographer)

‘Celebrating 100 Years of Pride in the Fleet’, a book launched after the International Fleet Review which captures the story of today’s Navy in stories and pictures. (photo: Unknown. Image courtesy of SALT.)

‘Celebrating 100 Years of Pride in the Fleet’, a book launched after the International Fleet Review which captures the story of today’s Navy in stories and pictures.

A quality coffee table book that captures the story of today’s Navy in stories and pictures will be launched by the Chief of Navy at the end of this month.

Adelaide turns on a treat for South Australia Navy Week

Published on by LEUT Todd Austin (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle conduct a Ceremonial Sunset onboard during the Commanding Officers Reception in Adelaide, South Australia during their Navy Week celebrations.  (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Members of HMAS Newcastle conduct a Ceremonial Sunset onboard during the Commanding Officers Reception in Adelaide, South Australia during their Navy Week celebrations.

Adelaide turned on a warm welcome when HMAS Newcastle visited the City of Churches for South Australia Navy Week recently. The visit was the first by a Navy warship in two years and marked the final port visit for Newcastle before the frigate headed home to Fleet Base East, Sydney, concluding a three month trip around Australia.

'The Continuing Journey' art exhibition opened

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Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN (left), opens 'The Continuing Journey' exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, with curator Mr Terry Hetherington, showcasing artworks by Mr John Downton. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN (left), opens 'The Continuing Journey' exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, with curator Mr Terry Hetherington, showcasing artworks by Mr John Downton.

Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer had a brush with the art world when he opened 'The Continuing Journey' an exhibition of work by artist John Downton at the Fleet Air Arm Museum Gallery, Nowra.

Defence depart Albany

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

A family waves good bye to HMAS Arunta as the ship exits the Atatürk Channel at the conclusion of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

A family waves good bye to HMAS Arunta as the ship exits the Atatürk Channel at the conclusion of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

In the deep waters south of Albany, Australian, New Zealand and Japanese surface and air units will attempt to locate, identify and isolate a submarine as commemoration is replaced by warfare in the Southern Ocean.

Bungaree covers 'the place of rain'

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

The Indigenous Performance Troupe, Bungaree, perform at the Community Concert as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

The Indigenous Performance Troupe, Bungaree, perform at the Community Concert as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

The Royal Australian Navy Indigenous Performance Group, Bungaree, proudly entertained visitors in their traditional energetic style at different venues throughout the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

Anzac and Japanese ships on show

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

Members of the public take a closer look at the 5 inch gun aboard HMAS Arunta during the Navy ship open day during the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Members of the public take a closer look at the 5 inch gun aboard HMAS Arunta during the Navy ship open day during the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

Rarely do the public get a chance to stroll around the forecastle and flight deck of a warship, until now. HMA Ships Anzac, Arunta, HMNZ Ship Te Kaha and JDS Kirisame rolled out their welcome mats, ball-caps and memorabilia for the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event Ship's Open Day on 2 November.

Stuart HOT on radio

Published on by LEUT Michael Wheeler (author and photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

HMAS Arunta leads a formation of seven warships including HMNZS Te Kaha (left) and HMAS Anzac through King George Sound off Albany, Western Australia during the symbolic convoy departure as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

HMAS Arunta leads a formation of seven warships including HMNZS Te Kaha (left) and HMAS Anzac through King George Sound off Albany, Western Australia during the symbolic convoy departure as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

Radio transmissions were a little different from the usual for the crew of HMAS Stuart during the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, when they hosted a local FM radio show from the gun direction platform.