Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Remembering our role in the Battle of the Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive.

Today, many Australians are unaware that the Battle of the Coral Sea was fought in waters that lap Queensland’s coast. However, in 1942, with fears that Australia was facing invasion, our population understood all too well the importance of it.

CN approval leaves permanent mark of respect at Sydney (II) Memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author), Mr Trevor Ralph (photographer)

The Australian White Ensign flies permanently at the HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton, Western Australia. (photo: Mr Trevor Ralph)

The Australian White Ensign flies permanently at the HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton, Western Australia.

The HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton in WA has become a place of pilgrimage for 65,000 visitors each year, and a recent decision by the Chief of Navy has added a final special touch to the important commemorative site.

Remembering the first Vampire

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

Having only served little more than two years at war, HMAS Vampire (I) - a V Class Destroyer in the Royal Australian Navy - had already earned five Battle Honours: Calabria 1940, Libya 1940-41, Greece 1941, Crete 1941 and Indian Ocean 1941-42.

Navy commemorates first female Warrant Officer

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author)

First Warrant Officer for the WRANS Lenore Maiden, right, being congratulated by the OIC WRANS Chief Officer Norma Uhlmann at HMAS Cerberus in 1972. (Image published in Navy News 24 November 1972) (photo: )

First Warrant Officer for the WRANS Lenore Maiden, right, being congratulated by the OIC WRANS Chief Officer Norma Uhlmann at HMAS Cerberus in 1972. (Image published in Navy News 24 November 1972)

The Royal Australian Navy has paid tribute to a sailor who paved the way for women in service by becoming the first woman promoted to the highest rank as a senior sailor.

Senior Sailor inspired by ‘capable and visionary’ female mentors

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019. (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019.

Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott’s passion for her people and to help others drove her to be Navy’s first uniformed Indigenous Liaison in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales.

WRANS Writer remembers twin brother, lost in 1945

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Merle Hare pauses for reflection after laying a wreath for her twin brother, Sergeant Donald Kelway Storrie, presumed killed in action 75 years ago, during the Last Post Ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Merle Hare pauses for reflection after laying a wreath for her twin brother, Sergeant Donald Kelway Storrie, presumed killed in action 75 years ago, during the Last Post Ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Merle Hare has marked her 100th birthday by attending a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial held in honour of her twin brother, presumed killed in action, 75 years ago.

Navy Veteran achieves another milestone

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations.

Former Leading Seaman Steward Melville Roy McMillan, who served in HMA Ships Vampire (I) and Stuart (I), was visited at his Victorian nursing home by a delegation of current Navy Stewards to celebrate his 100th birthday this month.

Navy women honour Second World War WRAN

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A plaque and tree are placed in the Commander Lachlan King Memorial Garden at HMAS Moreton, in honour of WRAN Assistant Writer Margaret Hall. (photo: )

A plaque and tree are placed in the Commander Lachlan King Memorial Garden at HMAS Moreton, in honour of WRAN Assistant Writer Margaret Hall.

HMAS Moreton hosted a memorial service for the 75th anniversary of the passing of WRAN Assistant Writer Margaret Hall, the only member of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service to die on active service during the Second World War.

The Tracker has landed

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

The S-2 Tracker (844) arrives at it's new home of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum at Illawarra Regional Airport after the short flight from HMAS Albatross. (photo: Unknown)

The S-2 Tracker (844) arrives at it's new home of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum at Illawarra Regional Airport after the short flight from HMAS Albatross.

After months of intensive testing and preparation a Grumman Tracker (844) flew, for the first time since 1998, from HMAS Albatross to her new home at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum at Illawarra Regional Airport.

Serving sailor captures corvette history in new book

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Libby Pearce, (centre) receives a commendation and a presentation from Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, with her stepfather at the 2019 Seapower Conference in the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney. (photo: LS James McDougall)

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Libby Pearce, (centre) receives a commendation and a presentation from Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, with her stepfather at the 2019 Seapower Conference in the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The 2019 Sea Power Conference has provided the perfect setting for the launch of a naval history book written by a young serving sailor - The ABC of Royal Australian Navy Corvettes by Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Libby Pearce.