Section: Events

Warship Open Day in Cairns

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Lucinda Casey (author), LCDR Lucinda Casey (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Parramatta fires its 5 inch gun onto Lancelin Range as part of a naval gunfire support serial during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Parramatta fires its 5 inch gun onto Lancelin Range as part of a naval gunfire support serial during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17.

The people of Cairns will have a rare opportunity to tour HMAS Parramatta comes alongside Trinity Wharf and opens its gangway to the public on Monday, 17 April.

Melbourne-Voyager rescue crews commended

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN visits HMAS Creswell to present Commander Kerry Stephen AM, RAN (Rtd) Commanding Officer HMAS Air Nymph and Mrs Midge Vodic wife of Sub Lieutanant Anthony Vodic a group Commendation. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN visits HMAS Creswell to present Commander Kerry Stephen AM, RAN (Rtd) Commanding Officer HMAS Air Nymph and Mrs Midge Vodic wife of Sub Lieutanant Anthony Vodic a group Commendation.

The Chief of Navy has awarded a Group Commendation to the crews of two Royal Australian Navy vessels involved in the search and rescue efforts following the 1964 collision of HMA Ships Melbourne (I) and Voyager.

Vampire loss commemorated

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN gives an address during the HMAS Vampire 75th memorial service held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN gives an address during the HMAS Vampire 75th memorial service held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre at Garden Island, Sydney.

Seventy-five years to the day since she sunk below the surface of the Indian Ocean, V-class destroyer HMAS Vampire was commemorated at a memorial service at Garden Island.

Running and walking for a cure

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Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross Captain Fiona Sneath, RAN, and the HMAS Albatross Relay for Life team at the 2017 Nowra Relay for Life. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross Captain Fiona Sneath, RAN, and the HMAS Albatross Relay for Life team at the 2017 Nowra Relay for Life.

The rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of participants in the Shoalhaven Relay for Life this year, which included teams from 723 Squadron, HMAS Creswell and HMAS Albatross.

Singapore sailor 'knew the end was nigh'

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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

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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.