Despite being in the thick of action on many occasions, Bathurst class corvette HMAS Colac ended the Second World War with only two members of her ship’s company killed and two wounded, another amazing ship and crew being remembered 75 years on.
For more than a century there have been hundreds of ships and aircraft as well as many thousands of people who have served the Royal Australian Navy, but who keeps tabs on ships past and present, and collects the history for future generations?
A small bottle of whisky, recovered from the base of ex-HMAS Sydney IV’s mast during its scrapping in mid-June, has caused quite a stir in naval circles.
Navy has carried on a tradition that was started in 1915 by naming the latest Naval College sail training yacht Franklin (III).
One naval officer has recently called stumps on a remarkable career, spanning more than half a century.