Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Japanese Training Squadron honours lost Australian WWII sailors

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

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: )

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 Kuttabul (I), a converted ferry used as sailor’s accommodation in World War II.

The Bravo Zulu Project

Published on by CMDR Alistair Cooper (author)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years.

Led by a retired Navy Captain, a small group of volunteer researchers is seeking out the background stories behind every imperial, national, civil and foreign honour and award made to Australian naval people from 1900 to Australia Day 2014.

Last Post for HMAS Canberra (I) sailor

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author and photographer)

Crowds gather at the Australian War Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony on 9 August 2014 to hear the story of Supply Assistant H.R. Keats who died when HMAS Canberra (I) sank in 1942 during the battle of Savo Island. (photo: LCDR Chloe Wootten)

Crowds gather at the Australian War Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony on 9 August 2014 to hear the story of Supply Assistant H.R. Keats who died when HMAS Canberra (I) sank in 1942 during the battle of Savo Island.

Recently during the Australian War Memorial's Last Post Ceremony, Lieutenant Commander Greg McTernan had the special duty of remembering one particular sailor killed in action when HMAS Canberra (I) was sunk on the same day, during the Battle of Savo Island in 1942.

Indigenous names for Navy ships from the first

Published on by LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMA Ships Parramatta (I) & Yarra (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: Unknown. Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.)

HMA Ships Parramatta (I) & Yarra (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

The Royal Australian Navy has is a long history of naming assets with Indigenous names of Aboriginal origin. When the British Admiralty suggested that the first three Torpedo boat destroyers built for the Commonwealth Naval Forces in 1909 be named after Australian rivers, the Prime Minister Alfred Deakin agreed.

WWI wreck AE2 recorded and preserved in the Sea of Marmara

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), Defence Science and Technology Organisation (photographer)

Starboard ballast pump suction and discharge pressure gauges of AE2. (photo: DSTO)

Starboard ballast pump suction and discharge pressure gauges of AE2.

More than 99 years after it was scuttled in the First World War, a project to record, preserve and tell the story of the wreck of Australian submarine AE2, laying at the bottom of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara, is underway.

Shipp charts her course to follow in grandfather’s footsteps

Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

Leading Seaman (LS) Aircrewman Noel Shipp's family lay a wreath in his remembrance at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
(From left) LS Shipp's widow, Gloria, granddaughter Eryn and son Darren. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Leading Seaman (LS) Aircrewman Noel Shipp's family lay a wreath in his remembrance at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (From left) LS Shipp's widow, Gloria, granddaughter Eryn and son Darren.

At the Australian War Memorial’s Last Post Ceremony on Saturday, the late Leading Seaman Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp was commemorated with his family and members of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in attendance. The occasion fell on the 45th anniversary of the sailor being killed in action in Vietnam.

Service marks 72 years since the loss of Kuttabul

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, RAN salutes the HMAS Kuttabul memorial site after laying a wreath at a small ceremony on Garden Island Navy Base, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, RAN salutes the HMAS Kuttabul memorial site after laying a wreath at a small ceremony on Garden Island Navy Base, Sydney.

Representatives from Japan, the United States, New Zealand, Britain, the Netherlands and Australia attended a commemorative service at Garden Island, Sydney, last week, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Kuttabul (I).

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.