Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Navy veteran scores a ton

Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), LEUT Anthony Martin (photographer)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

100-year-old Tom Upton (front and centre) with his grandson Shaun and granddaughter Melissa, celebrating his birthday with Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Petty Officer Tara Fischer, Commander Jace Hutchison and Chief Petty Officer Martin Sammut.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II and is also the year Harold (Tom) Upton turned 100 years old. The Second World War Navy veteran celebrated his century surrounded by family and some new friends from today’s Navy.

Strong ties made stronger with Japanese delegation visit

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

(L-R) Ambassador of Japan to Australia, His Excellency Reiichiro Takahashi; Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister, His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura; and Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, RAN; lay wreaths at the HMAS Kuttabul memorial site, Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

(L-R) Ambassador of Japan to Australia, His Excellency Reiichiro Takahashi; Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister, His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura; and Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, RAN; lay wreaths at the HMAS Kuttabul memorial site, Fleet Base East, Sydney.

Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister, His Excellency Kentaro Sonoura, and Japan’s Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Reiichiro Takahashi have visited Fleet Base East at Garden Island in Sydney.

In memory of our submariners still on patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

More than 250 people gathered at the HMAS Orion Fin, in the Naval Memorial Park in Rockingham WA, for the Lost Submariners Memorial Service to pay respects to all Australian submariners who have lost their lives during their period of service since the inception of the modern day Australian Submarine Force. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

More than 250 people gathered at the HMAS Orion Fin, in the Naval Memorial Park in Rockingham WA, for the Lost Submariners Memorial Service to pay respects to all Australian submariners who have lost their lives during their period of service since the inception of the modern day Australian Submarine Force.

The inaugural Lost Submariners Memorial Service was hosted by The Submarines Association of Australia last week, with more than 200 past and present submariners in attendance.

Navy’s time to shine in an Army and Air Force town

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

The Royal Australian Navy Band supports a Ceremonial Sunset in the City of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Band supports a Ceremonial Sunset in the City of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Many communities throughout regional Australia have prominent links to Australia’s military history, from cenotaphs and statues to parks and locations. This is particularly true of the city of Wagga Wagga.

What’s in a name? 108 years of the ‘Royal Australian Navy’

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author)

Commonwealth Naval Orders 77 and 78 of 1911 - Designation of the Naval Forces of the Commonwealth; and Flags to be worn on H.M.A. Ships. (photo: )

Commonwealth Naval Orders 77 and 78 of 1911 - Designation of the Naval Forces of the Commonwealth; and Flags to be worn on H.M.A. Ships.

It has often been asked, “What’s in a name?” When it comes to the ‘Royal Australian Navy’, a great deal indeed…

Navy duo unlocks stories of shipwrecks along Australian east coast

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABMT Tom Gower (photographer)

SBLT Ruslan Pnevski (background) and John Wooden (non-Defence) light up the stern of the SS Coastal Farmer at a depth of 125 metres. (photo: ABMT Tom Gower)

SBLT Ruslan Pnevski (background) and John Wooden (non-Defence) light up the stern of the SS Coastal Farmer at a depth of 125 metres.

A Royal Australian Navy officer and a sailor are helping to map shipwrecks along the Australian east coast, diving to significant depths to document vessels sunk in both war and peace.

VC recipient visits Stirling

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

Victoria Cross recipient Warrant Officer Class 2 (Ret'd) Keith Payne VC, AM, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, RAN, at the Collie Battery historic site at Garden Island, WA. (photo: )

Victoria Cross recipient Warrant Officer Class 2 (Ret'd) Keith Payne VC, AM, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, RAN, at the Collie Battery historic site at Garden Island, WA.

A Victoria Cross recipient was recently treated to a personal tour of HMAS Stirling. Warrant Officer Class 2 (Ret'd) Keith Payne, accompanied by Florence - his wife of 65 years, was visiting Western Australia to attend various events.

Moreton crew put their backs into preserving Navy history

This article has photo gallery Published on by LS Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Moreton lend a hand at the Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane. (photo: LS Hayden Eyles)

Personnel from HMAS Moreton lend a hand at the Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane.

HMAS Moreton joined forces with the incredible volunteers at the Queensland Maritime Museum on a beautiful winter’s day in June.

Remembering the lost submarines of WWII

This article has photo gallery Published on by US Navy FT1 (SS) Derek Hammerstad (author)

SUBFOR Members, both USN and RAN, join with local Naval Cadets from TS Vancouver for a unified photo. (photo: )

SUBFOR Members, both USN and RAN, join with local Naval Cadets from TS Vancouver for a unified photo.

Trumpets sounded out the anthems of Australia and the United States at Albany's National Anzac Centre on 26 May, as all in attendance stood to attention - remembering 52 US submarines lost during the Second World War.

Navy at ‘D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944’ IMAX experience

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), Bree Gaudette - Love Bree Photography (photographer)

A screening of the documentary film 'D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944' at IMAX Melbourne. (photo: )

A screening of the documentary film 'D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944' at IMAX Melbourne.

A small group of Navy personnel recently attended the Australian premiere of the IMAX documentary film ‘D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944’ in Melbourne.