Topic: Naval Heritage and History

A patch on you

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

Marking the centenary of submarines in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), RAN officer Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Richard Smallwood presents Leading Seaman Shane McAinsch with the centennial patch at the Sembawang Wharf Singapore. (photo: CPL David Cotton)

Marking the centenary of submarines in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), RAN officer Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Richard Smallwood presents Leading Seaman Shane McAinsch with the centennial patch at the Sembawang Wharf Singapore.

Submariners across the Australian Fleet will this year be sporting a new patch on the right arm of their Disruptive Pattern Naval Uniform.

Public invited to visit Navy's heritage displays in lead up to Anzac centenary

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Director of Navy Heritage Collection, Commander Alex Hawes RAN, at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Director of Navy Heritage Collection, Commander Alex Hawes RAN, at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

Traditions and customs are the foundations of the strong bonds between sailors, officers and their ships, so it is only fitting that the Royal Australian Navy collects, maintains and displays the items that chronicle its heritage.

Aye, there’s the rub…of HMAS Albany

Published on by Ms Gemma Haines (author), SGT Phil Kafcaloudes (photographer)

Professor Ian Howard displays his proof of concept for his upcoming artistic piece. He will use wax crayons to get rubbings of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany alongside HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: SGT Phil Kafcaloudes)

Professor Ian Howard displays his proof of concept for his upcoming artistic piece. He will use wax crayons to get rubbings of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany alongside HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany is set be immortalised in art and displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Spectacle Island - guardian of Navy’s heart and soul

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Various Navy heritage collections at the Main Repository located on Spectacle Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Various Navy heritage collections at the Main Repository located on Spectacle Island, Sydney.

A visit to Spectacle Island is tantamount to travelling back through time. The island is a depository of historical artefacts, collected over more than 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy’s history.

Warrant Officer Di Cross retires after 43 years in Navy

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the  Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot, RAN. (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot, RAN.

The year 1971 was a big year. Dennis Lillee took 5 for 84 against England in his debut test match. John Lennon released ‘Imagine’. John Newcombe won Wimbledon. Apollo 15 landed on the moon. It was also the year a young Dianne Cross from Kempsey on the NSW mid north coast, joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Remembering submariners on eternal patrol

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

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA.

As the bell tolled on Sunday, the names of each of the 52 United States Navy submarines that had sailed from Australia to a watery grave during World War II were read out during a memorial service at Albany, Western Australia.

Two new paintings boost Creswell’s historic collection

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Mr Bob Auston, left, and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Mr Bob Auston, left, and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell.

Two paintings of HMAS Voyager and HMAS Melbourne, telling a very personal and tragic story, were recently donated to the Historic Collection at HMAS Creswell by Mr Bob Auston.

Unknown sailor’s grave dedicated

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

The Unknown Sailor of HMAS Goorangai at Williamstown Cemetery, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

The Unknown Sailor of HMAS Goorangai at Williamstown Cemetery, Victoria.

Determination to remedy a job of expediency done during WWII resulted in an unknown sailor receiving a headstone on his previously unmarked grave at Williamstown on 24 April.

Great sailor to be honoured at Last Post Ceremony

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author)

Members of Australia's Federation Guard conduct the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: CPL Jake Sims)

Members of Australia's Federation Guard conduct the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Tonight at the Australian War Memorial, during the Last Post Ceremony, the story of Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp will be read in honour of his sacrifice in the service of his country, Australia. His story will be read by Medal for Gallantry recipient, Chief Petty Officer Ben Sime. 

Australian veterans of secret conflict honoured

Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Veterans of the Indonesian Confrontation from the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc gather at Garden Island, Sydney after a ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Embarkation of HMAS Sydney (III) by Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Veterans of the Indonesian Confrontation from the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc gather at Garden Island, Sydney after a ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Embarkation of HMAS Sydney (III) by Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel.

Senior Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans of the Indonesian Confrontation (1962-66) gathered at Garden Island, Sydney on Saturday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Embarkation of Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel into HMAS Sydney (III), destined for Malaysia.