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26 Nov 2018 1900

Meet 18:30 in the Main Bar.  Function begins at 1900 in the Sunset Room.

'JOIN US FOR OUR GREAT YEAR-END GET-TOGETHER'

Celebrate with us the 'UNIT CITATION FOR GALLANTRY BEING AWARDED TO THE RAN HELICOPTER FLIGHT VIETNAM'

In August this year, Members of the Royal Australian Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV) were presented with a unit citation for Gallantry at a ceremony held at our Australian war Memorial in Canberra.  Individual RANHFV members had previously received high level honours, however, now the whole unit received recognition for their heroism and devotion to duty.

Our Speaker is, CMDR Max Speedy DSC RANR, who was posted as 2I/C of RANHFV in 1968.  The Flight served with the US Army's 135th Assault Helicopter Company.  Max personally flew 1250 hours on combat assault missions with American and South Vietnamese troops.  Max will share with us the RANHFV story; a story of great gallantry previously not well known, or understood by the Australian people, but now with the 'Citation', is recognised at last!

The 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 dash board (obtainable from reception)

For our November 'End of Year Celebration' we enjoy our meal in the 'Sunset Room'.  The cost is very reasonable, and the food delicious.  It is still only $30 for a two course meal.  We will have our own bar, and the drinks are at 'Bar' prices.

Payment can be made by cheque, cash on the night, or by direct debit.  Cheques need to be made out to 'The Naval Historical society of Australia, Victoria Chapter, and posted to our Treasurer, Marty.  Direct debits must have your name included, please. If paying on the night we request that correct money be placed in an envelope with your name and the amount written on the envelope.  If you are paying on the night we need to know that you are coming so we can organise tables and reserve you a place.  Please advise Marty, or Rex Williams, rex.f.williamd@gmail.com

CONTACT DETAIL:
WOWOTR Martin Grogan, OAM RANR, 26 Forbes Drive,
Aspendale Gardens, 3195.
email:  grevillethedevil@gmail.com 

DIRECT DEBIT:
Bendigo Bank Highett BSB 633000 Account no.118958503.(please don't forget to tell us who you are)

JOIN US FOR A GREAT NIGHT! YOU ARE VERY WELCOME!
22 Oct 2018 1900

The Successful Search for AE 1

Captain Ken Greig served in our RAN for 25 years from 1971.  He was Engineer Officer of the Oberon Class Submarines Onslow and Ovens  before ‘surfacing’ in the landing ship HMAS Tobruk.  He was Project Officer Officer for refits on Cockatoo Island; Submarine and Squadron Engineer based at HMAS Platypus then Engineer on HMAS Success.
Captain Greig was Project Manager of the Collin’s Class Submarine Project, and then policy director for Submarine Engineering matters.
That Ken is passionate about Submarines and their history, will be most obvious to you when you meet him on October 22nd.
Heavily involved in the ‘Silent Anzac Project’, the Foundation which aimed to Preserve, Protect and Promote HMAS AE2.  Ken was also Company Secretary of Find AE1 Ltd, the organisation established in September 2013 to continue the search for HMAS AE1 tragically lost with all hands on14 September 1914 and subsequently found on 20 December 2017.
Join us to hear Captain Ken Greig OAM RAN Rtd. share with us the story of how the AE1 was found 103 years after her loss!

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 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: .