Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Emotional ceremony at Bangka

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author and photographer), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

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

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

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.

Australian-US military memories preserved

Published on by LEUT Richard Morris (author)

US Navy personnel Lieutenant Sam Ward, left, and EMN1 Shawn Milender, right, from sister ship the Los Angeles class nuclear submarine USS Houston, with CO HMAS Perth (III) Captain Ivan Ingham, RAN, embarked in HMAS Perth for the passage from Fleet Base West to Jakarta to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the wreck sites of HMAS Perth (I) and USS Houston (II). (photo: Unknown)

US Navy personnel Lieutenant Sam Ward, left, and EMN1 Shawn Milender, right, from sister ship the Los Angeles class nuclear submarine USS Houston, with CO HMAS Perth (III) Captain Ivan Ingham, RAN, embarked in HMAS Perth for the passage from Fleet Base West to Jakarta to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the wreck sites of HMAS Perth (I) and USS Houston (II).

Joint maritime military history has been marked with sailors from Australia and the United States commemorating the loss of ships during the Second World War, in the waters where the ships sank.

Sydney sailor remembered in AWM service

Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Commander Paul Cottier will lead the reading to remember Able Seaman Martin Curtis James at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Commander Paul Cottier will lead the reading to remember Able Seaman Martin Curtis James at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony.

A sailor lost during HMAS Sydney’s battle with a German raider off the coast of Western Australia will be remembered at this afternoon’s Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony.

Navy commemorates the bombing of Darwin

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author)

Commemorations in Darwin yesterday, 74 years since the largest single attack by a foreign power on Australian soil.
 (photo: Unknown)

Commemorations in Darwin yesterday, 74 years since the largest single attack by a foreign power on Australian soil.

Navy personnel and a patrol boat have taken part in Australian Defence Force commemorations in Darwin to mark 74 years since the largest single attack by a foreign power on Australian soil.

Before her time - the tale of Navy's first female sailor

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Nancy Bentley, honorary member of the Royal Australian Navy, on board HMAS Sydney (I) in 1920. (photo: )

Nancy Bentley, honorary member of the Royal Australian Navy, on board HMAS Sydney (I) in 1920.

Twenty-one years before the first Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) members entered service due to a shortage of telegraphists during the Second World War, a young Tasmanian girl was enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy.

Remembering Operation DESERT STORM

Published on by LEUT John Cole (author)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra. (photo: unknown)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra.

Navy has continued to honour its heritage and the contribution of serving members, with a memorial dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Gulf War.