Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Old friend helps Navy remember its fixed-wing history

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), ABIS Hayley Clarke (photographer)

Air Commodore Steve Moore, representing the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), shakes hands with Commander Australian Fleet, RADM Tim Barrett to signify the official handover of the TA-4 Skyhawk during the ceremony held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Air Commodore Steve Moore, representing the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), shakes hands with Commander Australian Fleet, RADM Tim Barrett to signify the official handover of the TA-4 Skyhawk during the ceremony held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

A TA-4G Skyhawk fighter jet was formally presented to the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum by the Royal New Zealand Air Force in a ceremony on 19th September.

Search for 1913 descendants

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Historic drawing of the first Navy fleet in Sydney Harbour, artist unknown. (photo: Unknown artist.)

Historic drawing of the first Navy fleet in Sydney Harbour, artist unknown.

The Royal Australian Navy is searching for descendants of the sailors and officers who sailed into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913 aboard the seven ships of the original Royal Australian Navy fleet.

Fleet Air Arm Museum honours Windy Geale

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Memorabilia of the late Lieutenant Commander Robert Edward Norman 'Windy' Geale, MBE, RAN (Retd), donated by the Geale family to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra, New South Wales. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Memorabilia of the late Lieutenant Commander Robert Edward Norman 'Windy' Geale, MBE, RAN (Retd), donated by the Geale family to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra, New South Wales.

The Windy Geale Archive and Library was named at a ceremony at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra on 25 July in a fitting tribute to a man known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the people, places and events associated with the Fleet Air Arm.

Remembering Canberra, 71 years on

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The Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Matt Anderson lays a wreath over the site where HMAS Canberra (I) was lost. (photo: )

The Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Matt Anderson lays a wreath over the site where HMAS Canberra (I) was lost.

On 9 August, service personnel, Dignitaries and local expatriates gathered onboard the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Maritime Vessel Lata to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I).

Australians Diggers remembered in Defence Honour Roll readings

Published on by ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (author and photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Jeff Duke reads a personal story from the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Assistant curator of the Roll of Honour, Meredith Duncan, is in background. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)

Lieutenant Commander Jeff Duke reads a personal story from the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Assistant curator of the Roll of Honour, Meredith Duncan, is in background.

On 1 August, Lieutenant Commander Jeff Duke became one of the latest members of the Royal Australian Navy to enjoy the honour of taking part in the Australian War Memorial’s closing ceremony.

ATTACK SIX tours Guadalcanal

Published on by LEUT Patrick Scott (author and photographer)

Tour members at the HMAS Canberra (I) Memorial at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. (photo: LEUT Patrick Scott)

Tour members at the HMAS Canberra (I) Memorial at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

Eight personnel from ATTACK SIX and HQ NORCOM have conducted a Battlefield tour of the Solomon Islands as part of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat Crews team building program.

Launch of the Australian Sailor Monument Appeal

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Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Griggs today announced the Royal Australian Navy would contribute a further $150,000 towards the total cost of designing and constructing the Australian Sailor Monument. (photo: Unknown)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Griggs today announced the Royal Australian Navy would contribute a further $150,000 towards the total cost of designing and constructing the Australian Sailor Monument.

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith joined the Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, and the Trustees of the Australian Sailor Monument to launch the Australian Sailor Monument Appeal in Fremantle, Western Australia, today.

Farewell tribute to Arthur Bancroft: A legend and inspiration

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author)

CAPT Brett Dowsing, RAN, CO HMAS Stirling, (left) and Arthur Bancroft, sharing a  joke with the audience during the book launch of 'Arthur's War' held at the Barry Cable Room, Subiaco Oval, WA. (photo: )

CAPT Brett Dowsing, RAN, CO HMAS Stirling, (left) and Arthur Bancroft, sharing a joke with the audience during the book launch of 'Arthur's War' held at the Barry Cable Room, Subiaco Oval, WA.

On 28 July 2013 Australia and its Navy lost a living legend when Arthur Bancroft, a veteran of Perth (I) passed away.

Late Navy members among new names on the War Memorial Roll of Honour

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Ray and Marie Hyland pay their respects at the new Roll of Honour panels at the Australian War Memorial. Ray's brother, Ordinary Seaman John Herbert Hyland, was one of four members of HMAS Warrnambool's crew killed following a mine strike in 1947. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Ray and Marie Hyland pay their respects at the new Roll of Honour panels at the Australian War Memorial. Ray's brother, Ordinary Seaman John Herbert Hyland, was one of four members of HMAS Warrnambool's crew killed following a mine strike in 1947.

Today the names of 48 Defence personnel who have died in non-warlike operations were unveiled on three new bronze panels at the Australian War Memorial's Roll of Honour.

Cairns sailors walk in the footsteps of heroes

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Two sailors from HMAS Cairns have spent time reflecting on the sacrifices of Australian diggers while they walked the Kokoda Track.