Topic: HMAS Armidale (I)
When Leading Seamen Alisha Mosley and Alan Williams arrived at Brisbane Airport ready for duty on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, they could not have imagined what they were about to experience.
Ahead of today’s investiture ceremony for Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean VC, the crew of HMAS Armidale (II) conducted a commemoration ceremony for HMAS Armidale (I) over the site of its wreck off the coast of Timor-Leste.
Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean’s family fought for more than 30 years to get recognition of his brave actions during World War II. At Government House on 12 August, it was announced that the Queen has approved a posthumous Victoria Cross for Ordinary Seaman Sheean.
In a solemn ceremony held at the HMAS Stirling Chapel, members of the Remembering HMAS Armidale Association came together to honour those lost when Japanese aircraft attacked and sunk the Bathurst class corvette off Betano Bay almost 80 years ago.
On the 75th anniversary of the final action of HMAS Armidale (I), the Royal Australian Navy has again paused to mark the loss of 100 servicemen.