NUSHIP sailors honour forebears gone but not forgotten

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Location(s): Martin Place, Sydney

Topic(s): NUSHIP Sydney (D42), HMAS Sydney (II), Commemoration

Commanding Officer NUSHIP Sydney, Commander Edward Seymour, RAN, centre, and members of the ship's company attend the 78th anniversary commemorative service of HMAS Sydney II, Martin Place Cenotaph, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)
Commanding Officer NUSHIP Sydney, Commander Edward Seymour, RAN, centre, and members of the ship's company attend the 78th anniversary commemorative service of HMAS Sydney II, Martin Place Cenotaph, Sydney.

A new generation of Royal Australian Navy officers and sailors have commemorated their forebears who died when HMAS Sydney (II) was sunk 78 years ago.

The ship’s company of NUSHIP Sydney - the fifth ship of the Australian Navy to carry the name - attended a commemorative service at the Martin Place Cenotaph on 19 November, remembering the 645 men of HMAS Sydney (II) who lost their lives in battle with the German raider Kormoran in 1941.

The sinking of Sydney (II), with all hands onboard, is one of the greatest tragedies in the Royal Australian Navy’s history.

The Commanding Officer of NUSHIP Sydney, Commander Edward Seymour addressed descendants and members of the Sydney Association at the service and said his crew would carry forward Sydney (II)'s legacy.

“Today we reflect on the courage of those sailors and the high price they paid when they entered that fateful battle on 19 November 1941, off the Western Australian coast,” Commander Seymour said.

“My ship’s company will continue to honour their legacy, while we create our own as the newest ship to proudly carry the name Sydney,” he said.

NUSHIP Sydney is part of the largest regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy since the Second World War.

Built by Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, the ship has recently completed sea trials and will commission into service next year.

Imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20193039.