Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

Honour for select Coral Sea veterans

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Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive

HMAS Australia II after the

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive HMAS Australia II after the "Coral Sea" battle.

Surviving Australian veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea will be flown to New York next month to commemorate the battle’s 75th anniversary.

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

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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.

Mum's visit a smashing success

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Darwin Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Parker, Commissioning Lady Joan Johnston, Ship’s Warrant Officer Jack Parnell and Navigating Officer Lieutenant Scott Benstead. (photo: Unknown)

Darwin Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Parker, Commissioning Lady Joan Johnston, Ship’s Warrant Officer Jack Parnell and Navigating Officer Lieutenant Scott Benstead.

 One commissioning lady has taken more than a passing interest in her ship over three decades since she smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of a newly commissioned warship.

Young Endeavour homecoming for Commanding Officer

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Out-going CO STS Young Endeavour, LCDR Gavin Dawe OAM, RAN (right), hands over the Weight to in-coming CO, LCDR Michael Gough RAN, during a change of command ceremony onboard the sail training ship at Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Out-going CO STS Young Endeavour, LCDR Gavin Dawe OAM, RAN (right), hands over the Weight to in-coming CO, LCDR Michael Gough RAN, during a change of command ceremony onboard the sail training ship at Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.

Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough has retaken command of Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour 33 months to the day since he left the position.

Enter 'The Badger’

Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

Paul Burnett holds HMAS Katoomba's badge. (photo: Dept of Defence)

Paul Burnett holds HMAS Katoomba's badge.

Since the birth of the Royal Australian Navy, all ships and establishments have had a badge to represent them, from HMAS Australia's crown on a federation star to the new destroyer, Hobart, it all comes down to one position.

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.

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.

Mine warfare hub sees smoke

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LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits. (photo: Unknown)

LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits.

HMAS Waterhen is often referred to as a 'sleepy hollow across the Harbour' by most of the Navy in Sydney, but that was proved wrong recently with a day highlighting the combination of old and new.

Immersing himself in submarine command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, (right) hands over a historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, (right) hands over a historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

The start of the year heralded a change at the top for the crew of HMAS Dechaineux, with Commander Daniel Sutherland taking charge of the submarine from Commander Robin Dainty.