Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Heroic Hobart (I)

Published on by John Perryman (author), Navy Archives (photographer)

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive (photo: )

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive

In the lead-up to the commissioning ceremony of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s new destroyers on 23 September, we look back upon ships who have previously carried the name HMAS Hobart.

Half ton for remote communication station

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), Miss Sophie Pearse (photographer), ABC News North-West WA (photographer)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy and the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group celebrate 50 years since the opening of the Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt, in Exmouth WA. (photo: Miss Sophie Pearse)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy and the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group celebrate 50 years since the opening of the Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt, in Exmouth WA.

It’s been 50 years since one of the key communications hubs for the submarine community opened its gates and created a remote Western Australian town in the process.

Bottle in ship causes a stir

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author)

The commemorative display of the whisky and coin found inside ex-HMAS Sydney's mast. (photo: )

The commemorative display of the whisky and coin found inside ex-HMAS Sydney's mast.

A small bottle of whisky, recovered from the base of ex-HMAS Sydney (IV)’s mast during its scrapping in mid-June, has caused quite a stir in naval circles.

Penguin celebrates in style

Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Ian Campbell, RAN, right; ex-servicemen Mr Keith Hearnden, centre; and Seaman Medical Giaan Holland cut a cake to celebrate the 75th Birthday of HMAS Penguin during a clear lower deck. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Ian Campbell, RAN, right; ex-servicemen Mr Keith Hearnden, centre; and Seaman Medical Giaan Holland cut a cake to celebrate the 75th Birthday of HMAS Penguin during a clear lower deck.

Sydney base HMAS Penguin has marked 75 years of service with a celebration onboard and a community engagement Ceremonial Sunset and dinner.

75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Nestor

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Captain Gavin Irwin, RAN, salutes after laying a wreath on behalf of Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the 75th anniversary memorial service held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Captain Gavin Irwin, RAN, salutes after laying a wreath on behalf of Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the 75th anniversary memorial service held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre at Garden Island, Sydney.

The lives of three Australian and one British sailor lost during the Second World War when HMAS Nestor was attacked have been honoured at a commemorative service at Garden Island, Sydney.

Nations combine to remember losses in Sydney Harbour

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

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Chris Smith, CSM, RAN lays a wreath at the HMAS Kuttabul 75th anniversary memorial service held at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Chris Smith, CSM, RAN lays a wreath at the HMAS Kuttabul 75th anniversary memorial service held at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

The ‘Battle for Sydney’ has been commemorated with a memorial service at Garden Island, Sydney, 75 years on from when Japanese forces again brought the Second World War to the Australian mainland.

The last of the few yachties

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Doug Gilling (retd), 95, a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on May 4, 2017. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Doug Gilling (retd), 95, a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on May 4, 2017.

One Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme participant, possibly the last one of the original 500, had a number of narrow escapes during the Second World War.

A moment of quiet contemplation for Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

(L to R) CO Western Australian University Regiment, LTCOL Natalie Wigg, CO No. 25 Squadron, WGCDR Brett Mitchell, XO HMAS Stirling, CMDR Milton Treeby, RAN, and The Dean of Perth, Richard Pengelley, observe a minute's silence. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

(L to R) CO Western Australian University Regiment, LTCOL Natalie Wigg, CO No. 25 Squadron, WGCDR Brett Mitchell, XO HMAS Stirling, CMDR Milton Treeby, RAN, and The Dean of Perth, Richard Pengelley, observe a minute's silence.

A lone piper led a wreath-laying party past the Flame of Remembrance to the Western Australian State War Memorial in Kings Park to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Yachtsmen plaque dedicated at Memorial

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Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant (LEUT) Doug Gilling (retd), a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial (AWM), Canberra, on May 4, 2017.

With him is Melbourne-based historian Janet Roberts Billett, who led the campaign to have a plaque at the AWM dedicated to the DYS.

 (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant (LEUT) Doug Gilling (retd), a former member of the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme (DYS), unveiled a plaque dedicated to the DYS at the Australian War Memorial (AWM), Canberra, on May 4, 2017. With him is Melbourne-based historian Janet Roberts Billett, who led the campaign to have a plaque at the AWM dedicated to the DYS.

The gritty persistence of a Melbourne historian to have a forgotten group of Second World War sailors recognised finally paid off when a plaque was dedicated to them at the Australian War Memorial on 4 May.

Coral Sea commemorated

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Chaplain Ian Lindsay lead VIPs, guests and ship's company of HMAS Choules in the Naval Prayer at the commemoration for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Chaplain Ian Lindsay lead VIPs, guests and ship's company of HMAS Choules in the Naval Prayer at the commemoration for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Australian Navy amphibious ship, HMAS Choules became the focus for commemorative activities for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea as she positioned herself in the waters of the conflict off Townsville on 1 May.