Topic: Naval Heritage and History

What’s in a name? 108 years of the ‘Royal Australian Navy’

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author)

Commonwealth Naval Orders 77 and 78 of 1911 - Designation of the Naval Forces of the Commonwealth; and Flags to be worn on H.M.A. Ships. (photo: )

Commonwealth Naval Orders 77 and 78 of 1911 - Designation of the Naval Forces of the Commonwealth; and Flags to be worn on H.M.A. Ships.

It has often been asked, “What’s in a name?” When it comes to the ‘Royal Australian Navy’, a great deal indeed…

Navy duo unlocks stories of shipwrecks along Australian east coast

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABMT Tom Gower (photographer)

SBLT Ruslan Pnevski (background) and John Wooden (non-Defence) light up the stern of the SS Coastal Farmer at a depth of 125 metres. (photo: ABMT Tom Gower)

SBLT Ruslan Pnevski (background) and John Wooden (non-Defence) light up the stern of the SS Coastal Farmer at a depth of 125 metres.

A Royal Australian Navy officer and a sailor are helping to map shipwrecks along the Australian east coast, diving to significant depths to document vessels sunk in both war and peace.

VC recipient visits Stirling

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

Victoria Cross recipient Warrant Officer Class 2 (Ret'd) Keith Payne VC, AM, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, RAN, at the Collie Battery historic site at Garden Island, WA. (photo: )

Victoria Cross recipient Warrant Officer Class 2 (Ret'd) Keith Payne VC, AM, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, RAN, at the Collie Battery historic site at Garden Island, WA.

A Victoria Cross recipient was recently treated to a personal tour of HMAS Stirling. Warrant Officer Class 2 (Ret'd) Keith Payne, accompanied by Florence - his wife of 65 years, was visiting Western Australia to attend various events.

Moreton crew put their backs into preserving Navy history

This article has photo gallery Published on by LS Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Moreton lend a hand at the Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane. (photo: LS Hayden Eyles)

Personnel from HMAS Moreton lend a hand at the Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane.

HMAS Moreton joined forces with the incredible volunteers at the Queensland Maritime Museum on a beautiful winter’s day in June.

Remembering the lost submarines of WWII

This article has photo gallery Published on by US Navy FT1 (SS) Derek Hammerstad (author)

SUBFOR Members, both USN and RAN, join with local Naval Cadets from TS Vancouver for a unified photo. (photo: )

SUBFOR Members, both USN and RAN, join with local Naval Cadets from TS Vancouver for a unified photo.

Trumpets sounded out the anthems of Australia and the United States at Albany's National Anzac Centre on 26 May, as all in attendance stood to attention - remembering 52 US submarines lost during the Second World War.

Navy at 'D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944' IMAX experience

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), Bree Gaudette - Love Bree Photography (photographer)

A screening of the documentary film 'D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944' at IMAX Melbourne. (photo: )

A screening of the documentary film 'D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944' at IMAX Melbourne.

A small group of Navy personnel recently attended the Australian premiere of the IMAX documentary film ‘D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944’ in Melbourne.

Perth pauses to reflect on Indigenous sacrifice and service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

L-R: Flight Lieutenant Dylan Kinny, Lieutenant Colonel Saad Omari, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSM, RAN, and Senior Naval Officer-West, Commodore Brett Dowsing, RAN, prepare to lay wreaths at the Flame of Remembrance during the Indigenous Veterans Commemorative Service at Kings Park, Perth. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

L-R: Flight Lieutenant Dylan Kinny, Lieutenant Colonel Saad Omari, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSM, RAN, and Senior Naval Officer-West, Commodore Brett Dowsing, RAN, prepare to lay wreaths at the Flame of Remembrance during the Indigenous Veterans Commemorative Service at Kings Park, Perth.

Indigenous veterans past and present were remembered on 29 May at a commemoration held at the Western Australian State War Memorial in Kings Park, Perth.

Allies remember collision of HMAS Melbourne and USS Frank E Evans

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

A representative and member of the Royal Australian Navy Band - East performs the Last Post as part of the HMAS Melbourne-USS Frank E Evans memorial service. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

A representative and member of the Royal Australian Navy Band - East performs the Last Post as part of the HMAS Melbourne-USS Frank E Evans memorial service.

The Naval Chapel at Garden Island Naval Base and the Australian National Maritime Museum have hosted a memorial service for the American crewmen who lost their lives aboard USS Frank E Evans following a collision with HMAS Melbourne (II) on 3 June 1969.

Friends remember the fallen from 77 years ago

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), ABIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Catafalque party general salute during the the last post at a memorial service for the 77th anniversary sinking of the ferry Kuttabul at Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Ryan McKenzie)

Catafalque party general salute during the the last post at a memorial service for the 77th anniversary sinking of the ferry Kuttabul at Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney.

A quiet and solemn ceremony has been held at HMAS Kuttabul to remember the lives lost 77 years ago during World War Two, when Japanese midget submarines launched an attack in Sydney Harbour.

Bulldog joins the Steel Cat

Published on by LEUT Danielle Brodie (author), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Members of the Ship’s Company welcome their mascot, British Bulldog Leading Seaman Hank, after HMAS Brisbane's (III) Freedom of Entry march. (photo: CPL Colin Dadd)

Members of the Ship’s Company welcome their mascot, British Bulldog Leading Seaman Hank, after HMAS Brisbane's (III) Freedom of Entry march.

A little-known piece of Navy history dating back to the First World War is being kept alive with a British Bulldog by the name of Hank becoming the first mascot for ‘the Steel Cat’, HMAS Brisbane (III).