Section: Events

Singapore sailor 'knew the end was nigh'

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author and photographer), Calvin Wong (photographer)

World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore. (photo: Corporal Max Bree)

World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore.

A white flag and Union Jack accompanied Britain’s Lieutenant General Arthur Percival as he was escorted through Japanese lines to sign the surrender of Singapore’s Commonwealth forces on 15 February 1942.

Yarra’s ‘sublime courage’ remembered 75 years on

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

CO of HMAS Yarra LCDR Christopher Cockerill, RAN, CO of RAN Recruit School CMDR Luke Ryan, RAN and Recruit School Divisional Chief Petty Officer CPOML-C Scott Clarke take a salute as the RAN Band Melbourne play the national anthem. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

CO of HMAS Yarra LCDR Christopher Cockerill, RAN, CO of RAN Recruit School CMDR Luke Ryan, RAN and Recruit School Divisional Chief Petty Officer CPOML-C Scott Clarke take a salute as the RAN Band Melbourne play the national anthem.

More than 150 people attended a commemoration ceremony in Melbourne to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Yarra (II) on 5 March. 

Wartime losses bridge generations and distance

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government.

The loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston in the Second World War was one of many tragic events that forged the relationship between the United States and Australian navies.

Joint capability impresses at Avalon

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer), CPL Ben Dempster (photographer)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan with the MRH-90 helicopter crew at the 2017 Avalon Airshow. (photo: Unknown)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan with the MRH-90 helicopter crew at the 2017 Avalon Airshow.

Australian military capability was certainly delivered in spades at this year’s Avalon International Airshow, with the services combining to show Australia's joint air power.

2017 march reinforces inclusive culture

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Navy personnel march in support of LGBTIQ Defence members at the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras. (photo: Unknown)

Navy personnel march in support of LGBTIQ Defence members at the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras.

Personnel from the Royal Australian Navy have again marched in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade, promoting diversity and LGBTI acceptance in the workforce.

Flying the Colours for 50 years

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Waterhen conduct Colours on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the 116th birthday of the Royal Australian Navy and the 50th anniversary of the Australian White Ensign. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Personnel from HMAS Waterhen conduct Colours on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the 116th birthday of the Royal Australian Navy and the 50th anniversary of the Australian White Ensign.

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an experience in itself, but doing so to raise the Navy's Ensign to fly over the city on the Navy's birthday - that's one to write home about.

Malaysia and Australia celebrate joint Defence arrangements

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), Unknown (photographer)

The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr Rod Smith, PSM helps Brigadier General Dato' Shamsudin bin Kassim, RMAF, Rear Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar bin Yahya, RMN, Lieutenant General Datuk Azizan bin Mohd Delin and Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN cut the cake marking the 25th anniversary of the Malaysian Australian Joint Defence Program. (photo: Unknown)

The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr Rod Smith, PSM helps Brigadier General Dato' Shamsudin bin Kassim, RMAF, Rear Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar bin Yahya, RMN, Lieutenant General Datuk Azizan bin Mohd Delin and Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN cut the cake marking the 25th anniversary of the Malaysian Australian Joint Defence Program.

Australians and Malaysians have come together to mark the 25th birthday of one of the Australian Defence Force’s most significant regional relationships.

Emotional ceremony at Bangka

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author and photographer), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre.

Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy. 

Darwin's war - remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Desmond 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, 19th of 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, 19th of 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.

Initiative brings rewards in Navy Safety Awards

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

A team from Training Authority-Submarines (TA-SM) comprising (L to R) Mr Keith Robinson, Training Systems Development Consultant; Commander Dylan Findlater, RAN, Director TA-SM, Commander Gavin Reeves, RAN, Training Manager TA-SM; Mr Brian Graves, Platform Systems Training Equipment Manager and Mr Anthony Masters, Platform  Instructor Auxiliaries/Weapons were awarded the Category three Navy Safety Award for the Submerged Signal Ejector Training Rig which will help reduce the risk of accidents happening at sea. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

A team from Training Authority-Submarines (TA-SM) comprising (L to R) Mr Keith Robinson, Training Systems Development Consultant; Commander Dylan Findlater, RAN, Director TA-SM, Commander Gavin Reeves, RAN, Training Manager TA-SM; Mr Brian Graves, Platform Systems Training Equipment Manager and Mr Anthony Masters, Platform Instructor Auxiliaries/Weapons were awarded the Category three Navy Safety Award for the Submerged Signal Ejector Training Rig which will help reduce the risk of accidents happening at sea.

Training Authority-Submarines was recently recognised in the 2016 Navy Safety Awards.