Recruit School’s final Moran Division

Published on LEUT Melissa Cowling (author), ABML-C Daniel Hancock (photographer)

Topic(s): Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus

General Entry 317, Moran Division's Anzac and Stuart classes on the flight deck of HMAS Perth.
 (photo: ABML-C Daniel Hancock)
General Entry 317, Moran Division's Anzac and Stuart classes on the flight deck of HMAS Perth.

Moran Division will be written into the history books on 28 November 2013 when the final class of Moran recruits graduate from the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus.

The Commanding Officer of Recruit School, Commander Aaron Nye, says the upcoming graduation will be significant and memorable for the new recruits, who will become the final Moran Division graduates, ahead of the divisions renaming.

“The 100 new recruits, who commenced their training on 16 September 2013, should feel proud to pass through the training establishment under the banner of Moran Division,” Commander Nye said.

Graduation of the final Moran Division will be reviewed by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN.

Moran Division was named in honour of Commander William Thomas Alldis Moran.

Commander Moran served in HMAS Canberra (I) before taking command of HMAS Vampire (I) in October 1941. He led the night attack on the Japanese invasion fleet at Endue, Malay in January 1942 and was mentioned in dispatches twice during this period.

Commander Moran went down with his ship when Japanese aircraft, off Trincomalee, Ceylon, sank HMAS Vampire (I) and the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes on 9 April 1942.

In early 2014, Moran Division will be relocated to the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell, and the Recruit School will be renamed ‘Rogers Division’ in honour of Chief Petty Officer Jonathan ‘Buck’ Rogers.

Chief Petty Officer Rogers was tragically killed on 10 February 1964 in the collision of the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager.

Chief Petty Officer Rogers was posthumously awarded the George Cross for “organising the escape of as many as possible and encouraging...those few who could not meet death alongside himself with dignity and honour.”

The renaming of Moran Division follows the Chief of Navy’s announcement in March this year that the remaining two divisions at the Recruit School would be renamed to better honour sailors who have distinguished themselves during their service.

During more than 50 years of operation at Recruit School, Moran Division has launched the naval careers of thousands of current and ex-serving sailors.

To commemorate the history of Moran Division, Commander Nye, would like to extend an invitation to all former Moran graduates and staff to attend the graduation parade at HMAS Cerberus for intake GE317 on 28 November 2013.

For further information please contact LEUT Melissa Cowling on (03) 5931 5808 or email