Topic: Naval Heritage and History
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.
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.
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.
The Royal Australian Navy celebrated the 100th anniversary of the arrival into Sydney of its first submarines, HMA Ships AE1 and AE2 on Saturday with a commemorative event at the Navy Heritage Centre in Sydney.
Navy Headquarters Tasmania personnel and the Tasmanian Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band were an integral part of the 72nd anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea held at Hobart’s Cenotaph on Saturday 10 May 2014.
Earlier this month, Mr Gordon Johnson was guest of honour at a commemorative service in Darwin to mark the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.