Topic: Naval Heritage and History
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.
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).
Submariners across the Australian Fleet will this year be sporting a new patch on the right arm of their Disruptive Pattern Naval Uniform.
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.
Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany is set be immortalised in art and displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.