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Fallen sailors remembered by grateful Sydneysiders

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), Frank Vella (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Alan Parton, RAN, salutes as sailors from HMAS Waterhen conduct Colours at Charles Mance Reserve Memorial, Merrylands, NSW. (photo: Frank Vella, Merrylands RSL)

Lieutenant Commander Alan Parton, RAN, salutes as sailors from HMAS Waterhen conduct Colours at Charles Mance Reserve Memorial, Merrylands, NSW.

Of the eight warships the Navy lost in 1942, three had sailors or officers onboard from the Western Sydney suburb of Merrylands.

Singapore sailor 'knew the end was nigh'

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author and photographer), Calvin Wong (photographer)

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

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

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.

Sport conquers doubt for injured

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Invictus Games swimming coach Sub Lieutenant Amy Beal at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, ACT. (photo: Jayson Tufrey)

Invictus Games swimming coach Sub Lieutenant Amy Beal at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, ACT.

Navy people are training hard for the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto, with a squad of 53 athletes hoping to be selected for the adaptive sports competition.

Sirius about fitness

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HMAS Sirius crew members take part in a fitness class that also combined baton training in the ultimate Battle Physical Training session. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Sirius crew members take part in a fitness class that also combined baton training in the ultimate Battle Physical Training session.

A focus on fitness is paying dividends for HMAS Sirius with eight crew members chosen to represent the Royal Australian Navy in various sports, including lawn bowls and weightlifting.

Naval 'Ashes' return

Published on by POML-SC Gary Cooper (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta's cricket team gather on the flight deck with their newly-won trophy, the 'Naval Ashes', following a friendly match against crew members from HMS Daring at the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, Pakistan. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta's cricket team gather on the flight deck with their newly-won trophy, the 'Naval Ashes', following a friendly match against crew members from HMS Daring at the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, Pakistan.

The ship's company of HMAS Arunta has restored national sporting pride with a commanding victory over England in an epic battle in Karachi to reclaim the 'Ashes'.