Topic: 75th Anniversary

Commemorating 1942, the Royal Australian Navy's darkest year

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr John Perryman (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

HMAS Perth (I) was a modified Leander Class Light Cruiser which commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1939. (photo: UNKNOWN)

HMAS Perth (I) was a modified Leander Class Light Cruiser which commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1939.

During 2017 the Royal Australian Navy will pause to commemorate a number of significant 75th anniversaries as it focuses on what was, arguably, the Navy’s darkest year: 1942.

Navy Chief represents in Gallipoli

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Paul McCallum (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, delivers the Ode of Remembrance at the Lone Pine commemorative service in Gallipoli. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, delivers the Ode of Remembrance at the Lone Pine commemorative service in Gallipoli.

As the sun rose over the Gallipoli Peninsula on Anzac Day, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett reflected on the sacrifices of all Australian service personnel who have served the nation, and those who continue to serve today.

Anzac Day commemorations planner

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More than 10,000 people attended the 2016 dawn service in the Victorian coastal town of Torquay, one of the largest dawn services outside our capital cities. (photo: Unknown)

More than 10,000 people attended the 2016 dawn service in the Victorian coastal town of Torquay, one of the largest dawn services outside our capital cities.

Anzac Day is the day we commemorate the service of all men and women who have served in the Australian Defence Force and remember those who have made the supreme sacrifice. For those of you planning to attend Dawn Services or commemorations, there is likely a Navy contingent nearby.

Honour for select Coral Sea veterans

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Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive

HMAS Australia II after the

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive HMAS Australia II after the "Coral Sea" battle.

Surviving Australian veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea will be flown to New York next month to commemorate the battle’s 75th anniversary.

Vampire (I) loss commemorated

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Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN gives an address during the HMAS Vampire (I) 75th anniversary memorial service, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN gives an address during the HMAS Vampire (I) 75th anniversary memorial service, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

Seventy-five years to the day since she sunk below the surface of the Indian Ocean, V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I) was commemorated at a memorial service at Garden Island.

Patrol boat salutes sailors on eternal patrol

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Members of HMAS Maryborough conduct a memorial service for the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth II and USS Houston, in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, during a South East Asia Deployment. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Members of HMAS Maryborough conduct a memorial service for the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth II and USS Houston, in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, during a South East Asia Deployment.

The crew of the Darwin-based patrol boat, HMAS Maryborough, have marked the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth (I), with a midnight ceremony over the wreck in the Sunda Strait.

Singapore sailor 'knew the end was nigh'

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World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore. (photo: Corporal Max Bree)

World War 2 veteran Derek Holyoake at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, following at a national commemorative service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Mr Holyoake served aboard HMAS Hobart and saw action off Singapore.

A white flag and Union Jack accompanied Britain’s Lieutenant General Arthur Percival as he was escorted through Japanese lines to sign the surrender of Singapore’s Commonwealth forces on 15 February 1942.

Yarra’s ‘sublime courage’ remembered 75 years on

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

CO of HMAS Yarra LCDR Christopher Cockerill, RAN, CO of RAN Recruit School CMDR Luke Ryan, RAN and Recruit School Divisional Chief Petty Officer CPOML-C Scott Clarke take a salute as the RAN Band Melbourne play the national anthem. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

CO of HMAS Yarra LCDR Christopher Cockerill, RAN, CO of RAN Recruit School CMDR Luke Ryan, RAN and Recruit School Divisional Chief Petty Officer CPOML-C Scott Clarke take a salute as the RAN Band Melbourne play the national anthem.

More than 150 people attended a commemoration ceremony in Melbourne to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Yarra (II) on 5 March. 

Wartime losses bridge generations and distance

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government.

The loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston in the Second World War was one of many tragic events that forged the relationship between the United States and Australian navies.

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.