Chief of Navy launches Bravo Zulu Volume 2

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Rilana Ostheim (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Harman, ACT,

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies, Naval Heritage and History

Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre), Dr Ian Pfennigwerth RAN (Retd), and Mrs Elizabeth Pfennigwerth during the launch of Dr Pfennigwerth’s latest book, 'Bravo Zulu' Volume 2, at the Bonshaw Mess, HMAS Harman, ACT. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)
Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre), Dr Ian Pfennigwerth RAN (Retd), and Mrs Elizabeth Pfennigwerth during the launch of Dr Pfennigwerth’s latest book, 'Bravo Zulu' Volume 2, at the Bonshaw Mess, HMAS Harman, ACT.

Current and former Navy personnel gathered at HMAS Harman’s Bonshaw Mess this week for the launch of the second volume of Bravo Zulu.

In front of distinguished guests, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan, launched military historian Ian Pfennigwerth’s book Bravo Zulu, Volume 2, a publication about Navy people doing extraordinary things under often dangerous and onerous circumstances.

With over 900 pages of meticulous research, the book traces the history and significant events in Australia’s Navy through the stories of those men and women selected to receive honours and awards from 1975 to 2014.

“Contemporary books such as this are few in number as our more recent Navy history has by no means been researched as thoroughly,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

“Books such as this are important as it is tribute to Navy’s people, their achievements and sacrifices made to accomplish Navy’s mission.”

Directly speaking to the “faces reflected in this book”, Vice Admiral Noonan, highlighted the contribution each audience member had made to the development of the book, in particular the author himself.

“I would like to acknowledge the detailed research that Ian Pfennigwerth and his team have produced in Bravo Zulu, Volume 2 and its unique attention to the personal facets behind many of Navy’s stories,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

Bravo Zulu has been written so it is accessible to people who do not have any background or knowledge of our Navy, deleting acronyms and eliminating jargon.”

Moved by the stories uncovered, the author and his team were driven to continue the detailed and extensive research involved in revealing Navy’s history.

“Today is a day of celebrations,” Ian Pfennigwerth said.

“We are not only celebrating the launch of Bravo Zulu, Volume 2 but also the end of my career as a navel historian.

“I encourage you all to go out and talk to people about Navy’s vast narrative, tell your children, donate a book to the library and spread the history.”

Bravo Zulu Volume 2 is available through the author’s website at
www.nautilushistory.com.au/ians-latest-books