Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Wyatt Earp continuing mission

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Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica. (photo: LCDR Michael Kumpis)

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica.

The Royal Australian Navy's Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp is currently conducting surveying operations based out of Davis, one of Australia’s Antarctic Stations.

Huon pine delivers century of service

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Former HMAS Riawe was built in 1912 as a workboat, and requisitioned into the Naval Auxiliary Patrol in 1942. She was acquired most recently in 2004 and at that time was believed to be Australia’s oldest working fishing boat. (photo: Unknown)

Former HMAS Riawe was built in 1912 as a workboat, and requisitioned into the Naval Auxiliary Patrol in 1942. She was acquired most recently in 2004 and at that time was believed to be Australia’s oldest working fishing boat.

A patrol boat that was already 30 years old when it was acquired for war service is still going strong - 104 years after its construction.

Cook’s heroic sacrifice saved many

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Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, who heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin Harbour in February 1942.

While Australians paused to commemorate the Bombing of Darwin recently, there was a particular Australian Navy sailor whose actions on 19 February 1942 were keenly remembered.

Arctic Star awarded to Navy veteran 75 years on

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L-R: Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd); Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN;  Mr Ken Brown; and Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

L-R: Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd); Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN; Mr Ken Brown; and Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN.

During a ceremony at HMAS Cerberus late last year, retired Lieutenant Commander Ken Brown was awarded the Arctic Star for his service north of the Arctic Circle during the Second World War.

Darwin’s submarine commemorated

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Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN; Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato; and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN; Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato; and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin.

A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.

Emotional ceremony at Bangka

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Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre.

Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy.

Darwin’s war - remembered

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LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade.

The nation’s eyes were firmly focussed on the northern capital of Darwin on 19 February as the city paused to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin by Imperial Japanese forces.

Darwin’s submarine - 75 years on

Published on by Dr Tom Lewis (author)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph. (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami) (photo: Unknown)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph. (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami)

Outside Darwin’s harbour, a Japanese submarine still lies with her 80-man crew on board.

Australian Vietnam Veterans honoured

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Australian Clearance Diving Team Three Vietnam Reunion at HMAS Waterhen, 23 April 2007. (Courtesy http://www.rancd-association.com) (photo: Unknown)

Australian Clearance Diving Team Three Vietnam Reunion at HMAS Waterhen, 23 April 2007. (Courtesy http://www.rancd-association.com)

Just before Christmas the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that certain Australian service personnel who served in the Vietnam War will be honoured due to a reassessment of eligibility.

Penguin gets clean bill of health on 74th birthday

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN cuts HMAS Penguin's 74th birthday cake with assistance from Seaman Star Shardean Fenner at the Sir David Martin Mess, HMAS Penguin. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN cuts HMAS Penguin's 74th birthday cake with assistance from Seaman Star Shardean Fenner at the Sir David Martin Mess, HMAS Penguin.

Home of the Royal Australian Navy Diving and Medical schools, HMAS Penguin celebrated 74 years of service to the Australian community this month.