Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Bell tolls to mark the life of Nestor’s last surviving shipmate

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author)

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954. (photo: )

Ken and Mavis Brown christen their son Rodney in the bell from HMAS Nestor, May 1954.

The bell from HMAS Nestor was present at some significant events in the life of the ship’s last surviving crew member, Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Brown.

Sixty years since Navy bedrock was laid

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author), LSIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson. (photo: LSIS Steven Thomson)

The Naval Memorial Chapel at HMAS Watson.

Over 60 years have passed since one of the Navy’s most iconic buildings was erected. On 30 April 1960, the foundation stone for the HMAS Watson Chapel was laid.

Navy reflects on 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Lolita

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

L-R: Chaplain Catherine Wynn-Jones; Mr Bob Austin; Director of Navy Heritage Collections Captain Damien Allan, RAN; and Leading Seaman Musician Andrew Hansch at the Navy Memorial site at Bradleys Head, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

L-R: Chaplain Catherine Wynn-Jones; Mr Bob Austin; Director of Navy Heritage Collections Captain Damien Allan, RAN; and Leading Seaman Musician Andrew Hansch at the Navy Memorial site at Bradleys Head, Sydney.

WWII Channel Patrol Boat HMAS Lolita has been remembered at a service held on the 75th anniversary of her loss, at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial at Bradleys Head, Mosman.

Remembering our role in the Battle of the Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive.

Today, many Australians are unaware that the Battle of the Coral Sea was fought in waters that lap Queensland’s coast. However, in 1942, with fears that Australia was facing invasion, our population understood all too well the importance of it.

CN approval leaves permanent mark of respect at Sydney (II) Memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author), Mr Trevor Ralph (photographer)

The Australian White Ensign flies permanently at the HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton, Western Australia. (photo: Mr Trevor Ralph)

The Australian White Ensign flies permanently at the HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton, Western Australia.

The HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial at Geraldton in WA has become a place of pilgrimage for 65,000 visitors each year, and a recent decision by the Chief of Navy has added a final special touch to the important commemorative site.

Remembering the first Vampire

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

Having only served little more than two years at war, HMAS Vampire (I) - a V Class Destroyer in the Royal Australian Navy - had already earned five Battle Honours: Calabria 1940, Libya 1940-41, Greece 1941, Crete 1941 and Indian Ocean 1941-42.

Navy commemorates first female Warrant Officer

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author)

First Warrant Officer for the WRANS Lenore Maiden, right, being congratulated by the OIC WRANS Chief Officer Norma Uhlmann at HMAS Cerberus in 1972. (Image published in Navy News 24 November 1972) (photo: )

First Warrant Officer for the WRANS Lenore Maiden, right, being congratulated by the OIC WRANS Chief Officer Norma Uhlmann at HMAS Cerberus in 1972. (Image published in Navy News 24 November 1972)

The Royal Australian Navy has paid tribute to a sailor who paved the way for women in service by becoming the first woman promoted to the highest rank as a senior sailor.

Senior Sailor inspired by ‘capable and visionary’ female mentors

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019. (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019.

Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott’s passion for her people and to help others drove her to be Navy’s first uniformed Indigenous Liaison in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales.

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

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author)

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.