Topic: Naval Heritage and History
Submariners across the Australian Fleet will this year be sporting a new patch on the right arm of their Disruptive Pattern Naval Uniform.
Traditions and customs are the foundations of the strong bonds between sailors, officers and their ships, so it is only fitting that the Royal Australian Navy collects, maintains and displays the items that chronicle its heritage.
Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany is set be immortalised in art and displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
A visit to Spectacle Island is tantamount to travelling back through time. The island is a depository of historical artefacts, collected over more than 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy’s history.
The year 1971 was a big year. Dennis Lillee took 5 for 84 against England in his debut test match. John Lennon released ‘Imagine’. John Newcombe won Wimbledon. Apollo 15 landed on the moon. It was also the year a young Dianne Cross from Kempsey on the NSW mid north coast, joined the Royal Australian Navy.
As the bell tolled on Sunday, the names of each of the 52 United States Navy submarines that had sailed from Australia to a watery grave during World War II were read out during a memorial service at Albany, Western Australia.
Two paintings of HMAS Voyager and HMAS Melbourne, telling a very personal and tragic story, were recently donated to the Historic Collection at HMAS Creswell by Mr Bob Auston.
Determination to remedy a job of expediency done during WWII resulted in an unknown sailor receiving a headstone on his previously unmarked grave at Williamstown on 24 April.
Tonight at the Australian War Memorial, during the Last Post Ceremony, the story of Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp will be read in honour of his sacrifice in the service of his country, Australia. His story will be read by Medal for Gallantry recipient, Chief Petty Officer Ben Sime.
Senior Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans of the Indonesian Confrontation (1962-66) gathered at Garden Island, Sydney on Saturday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Embarkation of Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel into HMAS Sydney (III), destined for Malaysia.