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A legacy born from loss

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Wreaths and crosses laid at the monument to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force at Bita Paka War Cemetery on the outskirts of Kokopo.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Wreaths and crosses laid at the monument to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force at Bita Paka War Cemetery on the outskirts of Kokopo.

The Navy footprint in Rabaul is all but gone, with the first major Centenary of Anzac commemorations over, but memories of the two services held there in September will be felt for years to come by those who remain in Papua New Guinea and those who have returned home to Australia.

Commemorating Navy’s WWI achievements

Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Sydney (I) which defeated the German Cruiser SMS Emden.
 (photo: Unknown. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive.)

HMAS Sydney (I) which defeated the German Cruiser SMS Emden.

An exhibition showcasing the efforts of the Royal Australian Navy in World War One has been unveiled at the Australian National Maritime Museum. @ANMMuseum

Navy remembers men on eternal patrol

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, addresses the crowd at the service to commemorate the centenary of the loss of HMAS AE1 in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, addresses the crowd at the service to commemorate the centenary of the loss of HMAS AE1 in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

HMAS Yarra, anchored in Simpson Harbour,  Papua New Guinea, was the backdrop for more than 1500 people who came together today to commemorate the 35 lives lost when HMAS AE1 went missing on this day, 100 years ago.

Navy given a traditional welcome in Rabaul

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Members of the Tolai tribe perform an initiation ceremony for Commodore Peter Scott and Petty Officer Oliver Kause in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Members of the Tolai tribe perform an initiation ceremony for Commodore Peter Scott and Petty Officer Oliver Kause in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

Commodore Peter Scott and Petty Officer Oliver Kaese were granted a once in a lifetime experience today, when they were inducted into the Tolai tribe by its elders, at a ceremony in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. 

Japanese training squadron honours lost Australian WWII sailors

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Commander Japan Training Squadron, Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa, pays respects at the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial during a visit to Fleet Base East to commemorate personnel from Australia and Japan who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II. (photo: )

The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Commander Japan Training Squadron, Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa, pays respects at the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial during a visit to Fleet Base East to commemorate personnel from Australia and Japan who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.

A sea of white marched towards the Kuttabul memorial to pay respects to the 21 crew members who died when a torpedo from a Japanese midget submarine sank HMAS Kuttubul, a converted ferry used as sailor's accommodation in World War II. 

Battle for Bita Paka remembered in Kokopo

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Alex Lebrun-Footman from HMAS Yarra pauses at the grave site of a fallen sailor at Bita Paka War Cemetery on the outskirts of Rabaul. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Alex Lebrun-Footman from HMAS Yarra pauses at the grave site of a fallen sailor at Bita Paka War Cemetery on the outskirts of Rabaul.

The tranquil setting of the Bita Paka War Cemetery belies the battle that took place near there a century ago. The battle for Bita Paka, fought by the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, was the first Australian battle of World War One.  Today, the Royal Australian Navy marked the anniversary.

Teamwork and mateship remembered at Battle for Australia commemoration

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Dignitaries lay wreaths during the Battle for Australia Ceremony held at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Dignitaries lay wreaths during the Battle for Australia Ceremony held at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Victoria.

Recently, more than 2,000 Victorians, comprising school students, past and present servicemen and women and members of the public, gathered at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate the Battle for Australia.

Navy showcases rewarding careers at ADFA Open Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kiz Burtenshaw (author), FSGT Kev Berriman (photographer), Mr John Carroll (photographer), Mr Michael Jackson-Rand (photographer)

Able Seaman Michael Temiguian with Mr Henry Luckner (holding his daughter Olivia), Caelin Blyth (left), Camila Luckner, and Tom Maidment on board a Navy Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat. (photo: FSGT Kev Berriman)

Able Seaman Michael Temiguian with Mr Henry Luckner (holding his daughter Olivia), Caelin Blyth (left), Camila Luckner, and Tom Maidment on board a Navy Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat.

Earlier this month, Navy did not miss an opportunity to shine at the Australian Defence Force Academy Open Day.

Invictus Games medal for Navy archer

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Sam Maraldo, centre, fires an arrow as Sapper Matt Taxis, left, and Private Clancy Roberts wait their turn during the novice team event at the Invictus Games in London on September 12. (photo: Unknown)

Able Seaman Sam Maraldo, centre, fires an arrow as Sapper Matt Taxis, left, and Private Clancy Roberts wait their turn during the novice team event at the Invictus Games in London on September 12.

The novice team-recurve archery event at the Invictus Games in London was a real test of accuracy, precision and nerve. Able Seaman Electronics Technician Sam Maraldo didn't disappoint - winning a silver medal in the event on September 12.

Navy rugby celebrates a big year with a new home

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Mr Bill Slatyer, an ex member of the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union squad looks over old images in the historic rugby room at HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Mr Bill Slatyer, an ex member of the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union squad looks over old images in the historic rugby room at HMAS Kuttabul.

With 2014 already proving to be a very big year for Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union (RANRU), a function was held at HMAS Kuttabul last week to send off the men’s team, who will participate in the Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup in New Zealand.