Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Singapore sailor 'knew the end was nigh'

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author and photographer), Calvin Wong (photographer)

World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore. (photo: Corporal Max Bree)

World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore.

A white flag and Union Jack accompanied Britain’s Lieutenant General Arthur Percival as he was escorted through Japanese lines to sign the surrender of Singapore’s Commonwealth forces on 15 February 1942.

Wartime losses bridge generations and distance

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government.

The loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston in the Second World War was one of many tragic events that forged the relationship between the United States and Australian navies.

Wyatt Earp continuing mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samuel Penfold (author), LCDR Michael Kumpis (photographer), Ms Nisha Harris (photographer)

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica. (photo: LCDR Michael Kumpis)

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica.

The Royal Australian Navy's Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp is currently conducting surveying operations based out of Davis, one of Australia’s Antarctic Stations.

Huon pine delivers century of service

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Former HMAS Riawe was built in 1912 as a workboat, and requisitioned into the Naval Auxiliary Patrol in 1942. She was acquired most recently in 2004 and at that time was believed to be Australia’s oldest working fishing boat. (photo: Unknown)

Former HMAS Riawe was built in 1912 as a workboat, and requisitioned into the Naval Auxiliary Patrol in 1942. She was acquired most recently in 2004 and at that time was believed to be Australia’s oldest working fishing boat.

A patrol boat that was already 30 years old when it was acquired for war service is still going strong - 104 years after its construction.

Cook’s heroic sacrifice saved many

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942.

While Australians paused to commemorate the Bombing of Darwin recently, there was a particular Australian Navy sailor whose actions on 19 February 1942 were keenly remembered.

Arctic Star awarded to Navy veteran 75 years on

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Martin Grogan (author), SBLT Samuel Penfold (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

L-R: Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd); Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN;  Mr Ken Brown; and Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

L-R: Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd); Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN; Mr Ken Brown; and Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN.

During a ceremony at HMAS Cerberus late last year, retired Lieutenant Commander Ken Brown was awarded the Arctic Star for his service north of the Arctic Circle during the Second World War.

Darwin’s submarine commemorated

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN; Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato; and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN; Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato; and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin.

A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.

Emotional ceremony at Bangka

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author and photographer), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre.

Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy.

Darwin’s war - remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade.

The nation’s eyes were firmly focussed on the northern capital of Darwin on 19 February as the city paused to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin by Imperial Japanese forces.

Darwin’s submarine - 75 years on

Published on by Dr Tom Lewis (author)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph. (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami) (photo: Unknown)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph. (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami)

Outside Darwin’s harbour, a Japanese submarine still lies with her 80-man crew on board.