Navy history flows through the ranks in Patrol Boat Crew ATTACK SIX

Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Location(s): Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Topic(s): HMAS Bathurst (P85), Naval Heritage and History

Members of Patrol Boat Crew ATTACK SIX are preparing to peg off the peg board and embark on an historic navy tour of the Solomon Islands. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo )
Members of Patrol Boat Crew ATTACK SIX are preparing to peg off the peg board and embark on an historic navy tour of the Solomon Islands.

Patrol Boat crew from HMAS Bathurst's ATTACK SIX will embark on a historic naval tour of Guadalcanal, exploring the Solomon Islands during the their off watch rotation next month.

Five officers and two sailors will fly to Honiara to take part in an organised tour of key battlefield sites from World War II and pay their respects with a wreath laying ceremony at the HMAS Canberra memorial.

One of the sailors who will embark on the battlefield tour is ABCIS Caleb Norris.

“This trip will be a unique experience to see a different country and culture while learning more about our Navy history,” said AB Norris a third generation Navy sailor. His father was CPO Steven ‘Nobby’ Norris serving in the first Gulf War on HMAS Adelaide and his grandfather Geoffrey Norris who served in the Korean War onboard HMAS Sydney (III) was a Stoker Mechanic.

AB Norris is now proudly serving with the Attack Six crew onboard HMAS Bathurst in Australia’s northern area of operations.

The Battle of Guadalcanal was a military operation fought between August 1942 until 9 February 1943 in and around the islands of Guadalcanal in the Pacific Island region. During this period, HMAS Canberra (I) - D33, a County-class cruiser was sunk after the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942.