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28 October 2019 1900

Technology and the Battle of the Atlantic - part II

Guest Speaker:  Former RCN weapons officer Roger Buxton

In August Roger presented Part One of his illustrated address- Technology and the Battle of the Atlantic, and we look forward with great anticipation to enjoying Part Two on the 28th.In part one we were fascinated to view the various film clips, maps etc. Not only did we learn of the difficulties the allies faced during this close run battle, but Roger told us of the problems the Germans faced as well. Roger Buxton served in the Royal Canadian Navy-and as he described it to us, 'The Atlantic was our battleground'. Join us for part two of this very well researched presentation.

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 September 2019 1900

Guest Speaker:  Our member Captain Brian Surtees. 

Brian joined the RAF in 1957 and flew many aircraft during his 12 years of service.  Brian and his family emigrated to Australia in 1969 and after 12 months as a Jackaroo in Queensland, he joined our Department of Civil Aviation, eventually joining the DCA Flying unit at Essendon Airport.  For the next 24 years he enjoyed a career flying F27, Merlin, Rockwell Commander 1000 and F28 aircraft on navaid calibration and radar for the RAAF, the RAN, the Army, the RNZAF and occasional V.I.P work.  Currently Brian is a volunteer at the DCA Museum at Essendon Airport.  He has a fascinating story to tell us on the 23rd.

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: .
26 August 2019 1900

Technology and the Battle of the Atlantic

Guest Speaker:  Former RCN weapons officer Roger Buxton

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest battle of the Second World War and possibly the most important. If the Allies had lost control of the Atlantic to the German U-boats, Britain would have been forced out of the war, The Soviet Union might have been forced to make peace with Hitler and there would have been no Allied landing in France.

Roger Buxton, a former RCN weapons officer (combined weapons electrical with gunnery and TAS/principal warfare officer) will talk about the effect of technology on both sides of this battle.  For both the naval and air forces involved the struggle for technological superiority was essential to success.  The technology developed during this battle led to some surprising post-war domestic applications as well antisubmarine warfare equipment used during the Cold War.  This will be a general talk:  no knowledge of electronics required!

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: .
22 July 2019 1900

'THE GULF WAR'

Our Speaker is our National President Captain David Michael RAN Ret.

David's naval career has included Directorship of the Naval Heritage Collection, Submarine Training and Systems Officer and he was also Staff Officer Logistics Planning Naval Support Command in the first 'Gulf War'.

Whilst David is with us he would like to catch up with as many members as possible and also our colleagues at Waverley.  With us also on the 22nd will be LEUT. Mario De Angelis RFD RAN and his wife, Anna.  Mario won our National essay competition with an article on 'Autonomous Ships' and during the evening David will present him with his prize.

YOU ARE VERY WELCOME TO JOIN US TO 'MEET AND GREET' OUR NATIONAL PRESIDENT!

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: .
24 Jun 2019 1900

Tales from the Museum:  'The Nestor Bell'

Our Marty Grogan has recently retired as Manager of our HMAS CERBERUS Museum, and not only is he an excellent speaker, he is also a font of knowledge on the collection owing to his extensive research on the artefacts of the museum, undertaken over the ten years of his tenure.
One such artefact is the ships bell from our 'N' class destroyer, HMAS Nestor.  The Nestor story is brief but fascinating.  It involves Artic Convoys, HMS Hood, Bismark and a battle for survival in the Med.  One of Marty's close friends, LCDR Ken Brown was actually sunk in her!

Join us on June 24 when Marty will recount both Ken's story and that of his proud ship and crewmates!

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 May 2019 1900

Meet Captain Mike Oborn CSM RAN, of HMAS Cerberus

Captain Oborn is currently CO of our HMAS CERBERUS and many of us got to know Mike whilst he was XO there from 2011-2014 and are enjoying having him and his family back amongst us once more.
He is an excellent speaker and he surely has got a lot to talk to us about:- from being a Clearance Diver to becoming Commanding Officer of HMA ships Betano, Sirius and Cerberus, plus serving with the Royal Navy Amphibious Task Group and his deployment in Afghanistan!

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: .
25 Mar 2019 1900

Major Development Works worth $463 million Currently under way to HMAS Cerberus


CMDR Cameron Eastman OAM RAN, the Cerberus Redevelopment Project Officer is our speaker.

CMDR Eastman has previously been involved in the redevelopment of shore facilities at HMAS Albatross, Cairns, Cerberus Coonawarra, Stirling and the Naval Ammunitioning Facility at Eden, NSW.
Cameron joined our RAN in 1980 as a Seaman officer and served in HMAS Paramatta, Stalwart and Attack.ears of his tenure.

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: .
25 Feb 2019 1900

HISTORY OF THE R A N VOLUME II
CHAPTER 3 'BAN ZAI'


The Victoria Chapter's year begins February 25 at Waverley RSL when we view Chapter 3 of this excellent presentation by our RAN Video Unit. Chapter 3 covers the conflict with Japan until August 1945.  The footage includes the loss of HMAS's Sydney, Perth, Armidale, Yarra Canberra, fall of Singapore, formation of our WRANS, Kokoda, MacArthur in Australia, the home front etc until the cessation of hostilities.

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: .