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24 Sep 2018 1900

Career Reflections

Andrew (Andy) Mackinnon joined the RAN in 1963 and trained as an Officer in the UK and Australia.  He served in HMAS VENDETTA off Vietnam 1970.  Andy's early career consisted of further training in the UK, exchange duty with the USN, service in, and command of patrol boats culminating in the command of HMAS CAIRNS and duties as NOC Cairns and Commander Australian Patrol Boat Forces.  Promoted Captain in 1990,he then served with the Department of Defence as Director, South West Pacific branch, International Policy Division.  Subsequently he was CO HMAS COONAWARRA in Darwin throughout 1995-96.  Three years service followed as our Defence Advisor in NZ from 1997-99, during which the Bougainville and East Timor interventions occurred and major changes to NZDF capability were developed.  Subsequently he served as Director UN, Peace Operations and Arms control in the Strategy and International Policy Division in Canberra.  He retired from the RAN in 2001 but his involvement with Navy didn't finish there!!!  Join us on September 22nd and hear Captain Andrew B Mackinnon, CSC,RAN (Retd) tell us the full story of his Naval Career in and out of uniform.

The Waverley RSL is conveniently situated opposite the station in Glen Waverley, and the RSL Car park is free but you need to display a ticket on your dashboard.(obtainable from reception)

ALL WELCOME: 'The Warramunga restaurant' opens at 5.30pm and a number of us take the opportunity of enjoying a lovely meal and a few drinks before the meeting.  You are very welcome to join us!  We need to book tables and suggest you contact our Rodney Phillips who is co-ordinating the tables for us.  Rodney can be contacted on 0466 983 313 or,
email: .
27 Aug 2018 1900

India - Major Naval Power! - Reflections of a Naval Defence Advisor.

Captain Sheldon Williams RANR has served in our Navy for over forty years, and has had numerous seagoing and shore based postings. These have included HMAS SYDNEY's world circumnavigation in 1990, exchange positions with the US Navy, as strategic lead planner for Operations TSUNAMI ASSIST and PAKISTAN ASSIST, Command of our HMAS CERBERUS in 2008-09.  He deployed on active service to the Persian Gulf (Iran-1990-91) and the Middle East in 2003 and 2003.  However the basis of Sheldon's address to us on this occasion is about his time in India as Australia's Defence Advisor to the Indian Government.  His perspective on the rise to prominence of the Indian Navy is of particular interest to us.  Sheldon has graduate and post graduate qualifications in applied science, logistics, resource management and international relations his most recent being a Masters in Philosophy (Strategic and International) at the Indian National Defence College.

The Waverley RSL is conveniently situated opposite the station in Glen Waverley, and the RSL Car park is free but you need to display a ticket on your dashboard.(obtainable from reception)

ALL WELCOME: 'The Warramunga restaurant' opens at 5.30pm and a number of us take the opportunity of enjoying a lovely meal and a few drinks before the meeting.  You are very welcome to join us!  We need to book tables and suggest you contact our Rodney Phillips who is co-ordinating the tables for us.  Rodney can be contacted on 0466 983 313 or,
email: .
23 Jul 2018 1900

The History of the Royal Australian Navy - Volume 1

The video has been compiled by the RAN Video Unit, located on Garden Island Sydney.  We will enjoy episodes one and two.  Episode one traces the genesis of the RAN from the first European exploration through to the early 20th century, as the Colonies evolve towards a collective national identity, forming Navies of their own, of various sizes, whilst under the overall protection of the Royal Navy.  Episode two covers from when war was declared in August 1914 and our fledgling RAN experienced its baptism of fire.  Operating in the North Sea, Mediterranean, Pacific, the Far East and Indian Oceans, Australian ships and men fight alongside their Allied counterparts, recording both thrilling victories and tragic losses in the crucible of total and catastrophic war.  Australian sailors, like their ANZAC's ashore, will forge what will become a unique and national consciousness.  Our Navy video unit has done an excellent job of episodes one and two, and we look forward with eager anticipation to Volume Two of the History of the RAN.

The Waverley RSL is conveniently situated opposite the station in Glen Waverley, and the RSL Car park is free but you need to display a ticket on your dashboard.(obtainable from reception)

ALL WELCOME: 'The Warramunga restaurant' opens at 5.30pm and a number of us take the opportunity of enjoying a lovely meal and a few drinks before the meeting.  You are very welcome to join us!  We need to book tables and suggest you contact our Rodney Phillips who is co-ordinating the tables for us.  Rodney can be contacted on 0466 983 313 or,
email: .