Topic: Naval Heritage and History

HMAS Ballarat commemorates HMAS Perth (I) in the Sunda Strait

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah Eddes (author), LSEW Belinda Harding (photographer)

The HMAS Perth (I) memorial service onboard HMAS Ballarat (II) was administered by Ballarat’s chaplain, Chaplain Rendall Walker. (photo: LSEW Belinda Harding)

The HMAS Perth (I) memorial service onboard HMAS Ballarat (II) was administered by Ballarat’s chaplain, Chaplain Rendall Walker.

HMAS Ballarat held a moving memorial service to commemorate the crew of HMAS Perth (I) while passing through the Sunda Strait yesterday.

Navy veteran celebrates 100th birthday with a visit from Kuttabul sailors

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Retired Chief Petty Officer William Lewis Smith celebrating his 100th birthday with Navy members Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik and Leading Seaman Erin Lane. at the Anglican Retirement Village, Castle Hill. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Retired Chief Petty Officer William Lewis Smith celebrating his 100th birthday with Navy members Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik and Leading Seaman Erin Lane. at the Anglican Retirement Village, Castle Hill.

Two Royal Australian Navy members from HMAS Kuttabul had the honour and pleasure of visiting retired Chief Petty Officer William Lewis (Lew) Smith on his 100th birthday in Castle Hill, Sydney this week.

Back to the future: 1913 reporting of Australia’s Fleet Entry

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Page 5 of the Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 1913. (photo: N/A)

Page 5 of the Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 1913.

In 1913, in an age before camera-mounted helicopters and 24/7 media reporting, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on the 1913 Fleet Entry into Sydney Harbour on pages 5-6 of its October 6 edition, two days after the Fleet’s actual arrival.

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

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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.