Topic: Naval Heritage and History

WRANS Writer remembers twin brother, lost in 1945

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Merle Hare pauses for reflection after laying a wreath for her twin brother, Sergeant Donald Kelway Storrie, presumed killed in action 75 years ago, during the Last Post Ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Merle Hare pauses for reflection after laying a wreath for her twin brother, Sergeant Donald Kelway Storrie, presumed killed in action 75 years ago, during the Last Post Ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Merle Hare has marked her 100th birthday by attending a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial held in honour of her twin brother, presumed killed in action, 75 years ago.

Navy Veteran achieves another milestone

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Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Steward Melville 'Mel' Roy McMillan tries a Petty Officer’s hat on during his 100th birthday celebrations.

Former Leading Seaman Steward Melville Roy McMillan, who served in HMA Ships Vampire (I) and Stuart (I), was visited at his Victorian nursing home by a delegation of current Navy Stewards to celebrate his 100th birthday this month.

Navy women honour Second World War WRAN

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A plaque and tree are placed in the Commander Lachlan King Memorial Garden at HMAS Moreton, in honour of WRAN Assistant Writer Margaret Hall. (photo: )

A plaque and tree are placed in the Commander Lachlan King Memorial Garden at HMAS Moreton, in honour of WRAN Assistant Writer Margaret Hall.

HMAS Moreton hosted a memorial service for the 75th anniversary of the passing of WRAN Assistant Writer Margaret Hall, the only member of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service to die on active service during the Second World War.

The Tracker has landed

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The S-2 Tracker (844) arrives at it's new home of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum at Illawarra Regional Airport after the short flight from HMAS Albatross. (photo: Unknown)

The S-2 Tracker (844) arrives at it's new home of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum at Illawarra Regional Airport after the short flight from HMAS Albatross.

After months of intensive testing and preparation a Grumman Tracker (844) flew, for the first time since 1998, from HMAS Albatross to her new home at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum at Illawarra Regional Airport.

Serving sailor captures corvette history in new book

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Libby Pearce, (centre) receives a commendation and a presentation from Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, with her stepfather at the 2019 Seapower Conference in the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney. (photo: LS James McDougall)

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Libby Pearce, (centre) receives a commendation and a presentation from Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, with her stepfather at the 2019 Seapower Conference in the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The 2019 Sea Power Conference has provided the perfect setting for the launch of a naval history book written by a young serving sailor - The ABC of Royal Australian Navy Corvettes by Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Libby Pearce.

RAN marks Philippines friendship in WWII commemorations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines.

The Royal Australian Navy was the centre of local attention during a high-profile five days in the Philippines, attending two World War II commemorations, hosting two Ambassadors and a Vice Admiral and entertaining local dignitaries and community leaders at an official reception.

Warm welcome for HMAS Stuart at Leyte Gulf 75th anniversary

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Luke Ryan, RAN, and members of the ship's company with Australian war veteran Leonard Roy Mcleod, at the 75th anniversary of the Leyte Landing in Leyte, Phillipines. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Luke Ryan, RAN, and members of the ship's company with Australian war veteran Leonard Roy Mcleod, at the 75th anniversary of the Leyte Landing in Leyte, Phillipines.

A group of officers and sailors of HMAS Stuart had the honour of representing the Royal Australian Navy at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of World War II.

Tiger 75’s stripes on display in new exhibit

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), PTE Rodrigo Villablanca (photographer), LS James McDougall (photographer)

The new S-70B Seahawk helicopter exhibit was opened at the Australian National Museum Maritime, Sydney, by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral  Mike Noonan AO, RAN, on 9 October 2019. (photo: PTE Rodrigo Villablanca)

The new S-70B Seahawk helicopter exhibit was opened at the Australian National Museum Maritime, Sydney, by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, on 9 October 2019.

An icon of naval aviation now features at the Australian National Maritime Museum with the new S-70B-2 (Bravo) Seahawk ‘Tiger 75’ exhibit officially opened during the 2019 Sea Power Conference.

AE1: never forgotten

Published on by SBLT Jacob von Marburg (author), ABML-C Leon Dafonte Fernandez (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Melville, Lieutenant Commander Sara Barnett, speaks to her ship’s company during a service held off the coast of Papua New Guinea to commemorate the Australian submarine AE1, which was sunk during WWI. (photo: Leon Dafonte Fernandez)

Executive Officer HMAS Melville, Lieutenant Commander Sara Barnett, speaks to her ship’s company during a service held off the coast of Papua New Guinea to commemorate the Australian submarine AE1, which was sunk during WWI.

While conducting survey operations off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the crew of HMAS Melville took time to commemorate the first Australian casualties of WW1 and the loss of the Australian submarine AE1.

CN pays respects to Father of the Navy

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Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, lays a wreath and salutes the grave of Vice Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell at Brighton Cemetery in Melbourne, Victoria. (photo: LEUT Ben Willee)

Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, lays a wreath and salutes the grave of Vice Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell at Brighton Cemetery in Melbourne, Victoria.

In a moving ceremony at Brighton Cemetery in Melbourne, the Chief of Navy has paid his respects at the grave of Vice Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell - the man considered the father of the Royal Australian Navy.