Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Harman sailor’s badges of honour restore a sense of pride

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Gordon Carr-Gregg (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Nicole Marotzek holds a newly refurbished ship's badge and an older ship's badge, at HMAS Harman, ACT. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Nicole Marotzek holds a newly refurbished ship's badge and an older ship's badge, at HMAS Harman, ACT.

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Nicole Marotzek has used a lull in Navy Brand operations to put her skills to work in revitalising HMAS Harman’s weathered and worn badges.

Service to mark end of WWII

Published on by CPL Julia Whitwell (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Hayden Rapley, of Australia's Federation Guard, during rehearsal for the Victory in the Pacific 75th anniversary commemorative service, being held at the Australian War Memorial on 15 August. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Hayden Rapley, of Australia's Federation Guard, during rehearsal for the Victory in the Pacific 75th anniversary commemorative service, being held at the Australian War Memorial on 15 August.

A ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII will be held at the Australian War Memorial on 15 August, with members of Australia’s Federation Guard rehearsing their drill for the past two weeks for their role in the catafalque party.

HMAS Canberra holds solemn memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Ryan Tascas (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, lays a wreath to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I) off Savo Island, Solomon Islands. (photo: LSIS Ryan Tascas)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, lays a wreath to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I) off Savo Island, Solomon Islands.

In a solemn sunrise ceremony in the seas of the Solomon Islands, 84 members of HMAS Canberra (III) held tiny wooden crosses bearing the names of the 84 crew who lost their lives in a World War II naval battle fought there by the ship's namesake.

Penguin turns 78 years young

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer), LSBM Bradley Reyonlds (photographer)

The youngest sailor on base, Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Chelsea Calderbank, centre, holds the Base's life ring with ship's company during celebrations for HMAS Penguin's 78th birthday. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

The youngest sailor on base, Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Chelsea Calderbank, centre, holds the Base's life ring with ship's company during celebrations for HMAS Penguin's 78th birthday.

Taking time out from their busy schedule, the officers, sailors and civilian staff of HMAS Penguin have celebrated the Sydney establishment’s 78th birthday.

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author)

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson, May 1980. (photo: )

Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson, May 1980.

Rear Admiral Andrew John Robertson, AO DSC RAN - Navy’s most accomplished Gunnery Officer - has died at age 95 in north west New South Wales.

The last-survivor tames the ‘Twerp’

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author)

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48. (photo: )

Left: HMAS Wyatt Earp in Antarctic waters off Young Island, March 1948. Right: Able Seaman Norman Tame, member of HMAS Wyatt Earp's voyage to Antarctica in 1947-48.

Faced with a scarcity of jobs, former water-tank builder Norman Tame followed his mates and joined the Royal Australian Navy almost 80 years ago.

Farewell to Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall - Australia’s most senior submariner

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author)

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, RAN. (photo: )

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, AC, RAN.

Australia’s most senior submariner and former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, has died at age 82 in Tasmania.

Bell tolls to mark the life of Nestor’s last surviving shipmate

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author)

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954. (photo: )

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954.

The bell from HMAS Nestor was present at some significant events in the life of the ship’s last surviving crew member, Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Brown.

Sixty years since Navy bedrock was laid

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author), LSIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson. (photo: LSIS Steven Thomson)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson.

Over 60 years have passed since one of the Navy’s most iconic buildings was erected. On 30 April 1960, the foundation stone for the HMAS Watson Chapel was laid.

Navy reflects on 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Lolita

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

L-R: Chaplain Catherine Wynn-Jones; Mr Bob Austin; Director of Navy Heritage Collections Captain Damien Allan, RAN; and Leading Seaman Musician Andrew Hansch at the Navy Memorial site at Bradleys Head, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

L-R: Chaplain Catherine Wynn-Jones; Mr Bob Austin; Director of Navy Heritage Collections Captain Damien Allan, RAN; and Leading Seaman Musician Andrew Hansch at the Navy Memorial site at Bradleys Head, Sydney.

WWII Channel Patrol Boat HMAS Lolita has been remembered at a service held on the 75th anniversary of her loss, at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial at Bradleys Head, Mosman.