Topic: Naval Heritage and History

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Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts.

For centuries ship’s bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of Navy vessels and their crews. They are routinely used to signal the hour on board a ship and to regulate sailors’ watches but one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ship's bell as a baptismal font for christenings.

Loss of HMAS Perth (I) remembered

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses guests at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses guests at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Two of just six surviving members of HMAS Perth (I), together with descendants of other Perth sailors and Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen RAN gathered at the Australian War Memorial today to commemorate the ship’s loss 72 years ago.

100 years of submarines

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea. (photo: Unknown. Image sourced from the Naval Historical Collection.)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea.

A hundred years ago today, the very first submarines were commissioned into service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Darwin bombing remembered

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LAC Terry Hartin (photographer)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph. (photo: LAC Terry Hartin)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph.

Royal Australian Navy personnel stood side by side their United States counterparts yesterday in commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, which occurred on 19 February 1942.

Leaving behind an historical legacy

Published on by Ms Eliza Bavin (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Commander Shane Moore on Sydney Harbour for Australia Day, 2008. (photo: Unknown)

Commander Shane Moore on Sydney Harbour for Australia Day, 2008.

After 31 years serving the people of Australia in the Royal Australian Navy, Commander Shane Moore will retire in December.

Third instalment on Harman history

Published on by ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (author and photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Annette Nelson, RAN, and Commodore Peter Laver, RAN, at the launch of LCDR Nelson's book 'HMAS Harman 1943-2013'. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)

Lieutenant Commander Annette Nelson, RAN, and Commodore Peter Laver, RAN, at the launch of LCDR Nelson's book 'HMAS Harman 1943-2013'.

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Annette Nelson launched her third book on the history of HMAS Harman last week.

WRANS Memorial Service

Published on by ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (author and photographer)

Captain Michele Miller, RAN, delivers the address at the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) Memorial Service at HMAS Harman on 19 October 2013. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)

Captain Michele Miller, RAN, delivers the address at the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) Memorial Service at HMAS Harman on 19 October 2013.

The vital contribution women have made to the Navy was remembered at a recent Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) Memorial Service at HMAS Harman.

HMAS Ballarat commemorates HMAS Perth (I) in the Sunda Strait

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah Eddes (author), LSEW Belinda Harding (photographer)

The HMAS Perth (I) memorial service onboard HMAS Ballarat (II) was administered by Ballarat’s chaplain, Chaplain Rendall Walker. (photo: LSEW Belinda Harding)

The HMAS Perth (I) memorial service onboard HMAS Ballarat (II) was administered by Ballarat’s chaplain, Chaplain Rendall Walker.

HMAS Ballarat held a moving memorial service to commemorate the crew of HMAS Perth (I) while passing through the Sunda Strait yesterday.

Navy veteran celebrates 100th birthday with a visit from Kuttabul sailors

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Retired Chief Petty Officer William Lewis Smith celebrating his 100th birthday with Navy members Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik and Leading Seaman Erin Lane. at the Anglican Retirement Village, Castle Hill. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Retired Chief Petty Officer William Lewis Smith celebrating his 100th birthday with Navy members Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik and Leading Seaman Erin Lane. at the Anglican Retirement Village, Castle Hill.

Two Royal Australian Navy members from HMAS Kuttabul had the honour and pleasure of visiting retired Chief Petty Officer William Lewis (Lew) Smith on his 100th birthday in Castle Hill, Sydney this week.

Back to the future: 1913 reporting of Australia’s Fleet Entry

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author), Sydney Morning Herald (author)

Page 5 of the Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 1913. (photo: N/A)

Page 5 of the Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 1913.

In 1913, in an age before camera-mounted helicopters and 24/7 media reporting, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on the 1913 Fleet Entry into Sydney Harbour on pages 5-6 of its October 6 edition, two days after the Fleet’s actual arrival.