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30 June
Murder, Mutiny and Political Controversy in the Royal Australian Navy
Victorian Chapter of the Naval Historical Society of Australia's presentation by Robert Hadler.

Robert’s presentation is based around his two books – “Dark Secrets, A true Story of Murder in HMAS Australia”, which deals with the military, legal and diplomatic fallout arising from a murder in HMAS Australia in March 1942; and his latest book “Mutineers, A True Story of Heroes and Villains”, which deals with the complex military, political and diplomatic issues behind the 1919 mutiny in HMAS Australia I and its aftermath, plus the personal and sometimes tragic human-interest story about the five young mutineers.
29 June
29 June
Delivering amphibious forces - Exercise Sea Explorer
29 June
HMAS Ballarat committed to Indo-Pacific maritime security
29 June
Students taste military life with Defence Work Experience Program
29 June
HMAS Ballarat concludes regional deployment
29 June
June 2021 MMHN Update
Contents include:
Osborne House – Naval Museum Update
Submarine News - and related matters
Call for Papers – Special Edition on Submarines
The Otama saga continues
HMAS Castlemaine Ship Museum Update
Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC)
Full update.....
29 June
Team keeps spotlight on commitment to region
There’s a saying that goes something along the lines of “if there isn’t a photo, then it never happened”.  This saying is almost taken literally by members of Navy’s Communications and Media Branch, and none more so than deployed public affairs teams.  The public affairs team in HMAS Ballarat has produced 1214 photographs, 18 video products and 36 articles since the ship sailed from her home port of Fleet Base West at the end of April on a Regional Presence Deployment.  More.....
28 June
Servicing at sea keeps chopper flying
A busy schedule for HMAS Ballarat means an extensive servicing of her helicopter was done at sea instead of ashore.  A helicopter phase servicing is a massive mechanical challenge, delivering a complete aircraft overhaul every 200 flying hours.  More.....
28 June
Review of Unit Recognition for Somalia Service
The independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal will re-examine the issue of unit recognition for the service of our Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Somalia.  Minister for Veterans Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester announced today that he had requested the Tribunal reassess the issue in response to representations from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Association.   More.....

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Navy Shipbuilding Outplacement
The Naval Construction Branch is responsible for industry outplacements of Navy personnel. These outplacements are offered at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, in South Australia, and the Australian Marine Complex, in Henderson Western Australia.
25 June
ADF arts-based program aids recovery
ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork, and Skills (ARRTS) is an innovative, arts-based program. The four-week residential program conducts three creative streams featuring musical performances, creative writing, and visual arts at the University of Canberra's Inspire Centre.
25 June
China military watch
As the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party approaches, the world is watching closely to see what China does as it tries to realise President Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’ and achieve ‘national rejuvenation’.  Ultimately, Xi seeks to position the People’s Republic of China as the leader of a new international order that reflects Beijing’s core aims.  More.....
25 June
Russia’s Gigantic Submarine, Belgorod, Sails For The First Time
The Russian Navy’s latest ‘Special Mission’ submarine, K-329 Belgorod, has put to sea for the first time.  Open source intelligence seen by Naval News indicates that the submarine left Severodvinsk on June 25 2021. This represents the start of sea trials which are critical to the delivery of the new boat to the Russian Navy.  Although detailed specifications have not been revealed it is clear that Belgorod is the largest submarine to be built for 30 years.  In fact the only submarine type which is larger is the Typhoon Class.  Her enlarged Oscar-II class submarine hull is estimated to be 178 meters (584 feet) long and about 15 meters (49 feet) across.  More.....
25 June
The New Mystery Submarine Seen in China: What We Know
At the height of the Cold War defense analysts often tried to piece together information about a new types of submarine seen outside shipyards.  Today this is playing out again, only in China.  A new submarine, with an unusual sail, has recently emerged.  The ability to keep your submarine designs secret may confer a tactical or strategic advantage in the future.  Yet they are also massive projects which most countries cannot keep completely secret.  More.....
25 June
Women in Submarines: 10 years later
Female officers in the U.S. Navy have been serving on multiple platforms throughout the Submarine Force for more than 10 years now.  “The integration of women on submarines served to increase the talent pool available to the Submarine Force,” said Lt. Sabrina Reyes-Dods, the Women in Submarines (WIS) coordinator at Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic.  “Women make up 57 percent of all degree-seeking college students and earn half of all science and engineering-based bachelor degrees."  More.....
24 June
UK MoD denied Russia’s warning shots on HMS Defender
“The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law.” said UK MoD in the tweet.  According to British sources, Russia has already planned this live-firing incident and promulgated it with NOTMAR (Notice to Mariners) a few days before the incident.  More.....
24 June
Navy Indigenous Graduates Congratulated
Seventeen men and women graduated from the Royal Australian Navy Indigenous Development Program (NIDP) today, celebrating with family and friends at Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns.  Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said this was the culmination of five months of hard work for the graduates and would be a proud day for them and their families.  More.....
22 June
Family's joy as HMAS Anzac returns from last-minute redeployment
On 14 May 2021, HMAS Anzac was just hours away from docking at its homeport of HMAS Stirling. The ship was returning from several months participating in the first Regional Presence Deployment of the year. With its destination in sight, HMAS Anzac was urgently re-tasked as part of a search and rescue mission for 20 Indonesian fishermen desperately clinging to their sinking boat 670 nautical miles off the coast of Western Australia.

22 June
Navy Indigenous Development Program
The Navy Indigenous Development Program (NIDP) was launched in March 2014 and is aligned with the national Closing the Gap strategy and Defence Reconciliation Action Plan objectives.  The program is designed for young Indigenous men and women between the ages of 18 to 30 to develop and gain employment skills.  Enabling them to reach the required standard to permanently enlist into the Australian Defence Force if suitable, or equipping them to return to civilian life and their community with new workplace skills.
21 June
Maritime aircraft control on HMAS Ballarat
Safely directing aircraft operating with HMAS Ballarat is the responsibility of the Anzac Class Frigate's two Anti-Surface, Anti-Submarine Tactical Air Controllers.
21 June
Invictus Games Gold Coast swim camp
Potential swim competitors for the Invictus Games 2022 in The Hague, The Netherlands have been put to the test at the Gold Coast Performance Centre - the official training venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
22 June
Dry dock a national landmark
The Captain Cook Graving Dock at Sydney’s Garden Island, built during World War II, has been recognised as a National Engineering Landmark by Engineers Australia.  The first ship to use the 347m dry dock was the 225m aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and the latest is the 230m landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide.  More.....
20 June
New name, same service
While a change is coming for a Defence People Group branch that supports ADF members and families, there won’t be any changes to the nationwide services it provides.  On July 1, Defence Community Organisation (DCO) will become Defence Member Family and Support (DMFS) Branch.  Paul Way, director-general of the branch, said the new name better described the branch’s role.  More.....
18 June
HMS Spey ready for action after Invergordon commissioning
The Royal Navy�����s newest Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Spey was commissioned into the Fleet today during a ceremony alongside the Ross-shire town of Invergordon.  Built on the River Clyde by BAE Systems, the ship is the fifth and final of the second- generation of River-class vessels built for the Royal Navy.  More.....
18 June
Parramatta sails back to Sydney
Deploying to South-East and north-east Asia for two months was a memorable experience for the crew of HMAS Parramatta – but nothing beats the feeling of coming home.  The Anzac-class frigate returned to her homeport of Fleet Base East in Sydney today, after a two-month deployment throughout the region. It followed a brief port visit to Cairns, Queensland, where the crew enjoyed some respite.  More.....
18 June
Exercise Sea Explorer
Exercise Sea Explorer is the 2nd of three exercises in the annual Sea Series to hone and certify Australia’s Amphibious Task Forces. The first - Exercise Sea Horizon was a planning activity in preparation for the subsequent Sea Explorer and the final Sea Raider exercise.
18 June
U.S. Navy releases long-range shipbuilding plan that drops emphasis on 355 ships, lays out fleet design priorities
The U.S. Navy submitted an update to Congress to its annual long-range shipbuilding plans, one that takes a step back from the much-talked-about standard of a 355-ship fleet and instead lays out priorities for a future distributed naval force.  The new document lays out a manned fleet as low as 321 manned ships and potentially as large as 372 manned ships.  More.....
18 June
Austal Australia Delivers 11th Guardian-Class Patrol Boat
Austal Australia has delivered the eleventh Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence on June 18.  The vessel, the RKS Teanoai II, was then gifted by the Australian Government to the Government of the Republic of Kiribati at a certificate signing ceremony held at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard.  The vessel is the first Guardian-class Patrol Boat to be delivered to Kiribati under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project (SEA3036-1), part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program; and replaces the original RKS Teanoai, a Pacific-class Patrol Boat delivered in 1994.  More.....
18 June
Ship’s canteen boosts morale on deployment
HMAS Ballarat’s ship’s canteen is one of the busiest compartments on the ship, especially as the Fleet embraces contactless, COVID-safe port visits.  According to Ballarat’s Assistant Canteen Manager Leading Seaman Timothy Boyd the canteen is the hub of the ship’s community and is popular among the entire ship’s company who have been deployed throughout north-east and South-East Asia since April.  More.....
18 June
New Navy officers welcomed to the fleet
One hundred and seventy three proud graduates of the Royal Australian Naval College (RANC), dressed sharply in winter ceremonial uniforms, have marked the end of five months of training with the graduation of New Entry Officers Course (NEOC) 64.  Hosted on the Quarterdeck of HMAS Creswell on the shores of Jervis Bay, the graduation marked the culmination of intensive preparation to join the wider Navy environment.  More.....
17 June
Veterans’ Health Week 2021 — funding now available
VETERANS and their families are being encouraged to get moving and increase their physical activity, with $200,000 in funding available nationally to assist community groups and ex-service organisations with planning and hosting Veterans’ Health Week events in October 2021.  This year’s theme for Veterans’ Health Week will be ‘Get moving’ and the veteran community is encouraged to plan early for their events this year.   More.....
17 June
Defence's Commitment to Closing the Gap
DEFENCE has reached a key milestone in its commitment to reconciliation, achieving the Australian Government’s Indigenous participation target of three per cent across the Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service.  Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Defence was committed to Closing the Gap and enhancing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities and had now set an ambitious target of 5 per cent Indigenous participation by 2025.  More.....
16 June
HMAS Ballarat refuels at sea with USS Big Horn
As part of HMAS Ballarat's regional presence deployment, it met up with the USS Curtis Wilbur and the USNS Big Horn following its transit of the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippines' island of Luzon.
16 June
Sufferings of War and Service
The Australian War Memorial is commissioning a work of art to recognise and commemorate the suffering caused by war and military service.  The sculptural installation will provide a place in the Memorial’s Sculpture Garden for visitors to grieve, to reflect on service experiences, and to remember the long-term cost of war and service.  The intent for this work of art is to provide a place at the Memorial for those who have experienced and witnessed the ongoing trauma that can result from service, and for Memorial visitors to reflect on this experience.  Historically, this suffering has not been acknowledged.  More.....
16 June
Ballarat refuelled by United States Navy
HMAS Ballarat has been refuelled during a rendezvous with two United States Navy ships during its Regional Presence Deployment.  Ballarat met up with guided missile destroyer USS Curtis D. Wilbur and replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn after the Anzac-class frigate’s transit of the Luzon Strait.  More.....
15 June
Students experience world-class Navy training
Maritime Warfare South at HMAS Cerberus has hosted Defence work experience students for the first time, with 20 local teenagers getting to try out some of Navy's newest training facilities.  The students participated in hands-on and interactive activities using state-of-the-art facilities, including the recently completed Survival at Sea Training Centre and School of Ship Safety and Survivability.  More.....
15 June
Australian amphibious force completes exercise
Exercise Sea Explorer has concluded with about 1800 ADF personnel taking part and for the first time the tactical deployment of M1A1 Abrams tanks was exercised in amphibious operations.  The Australian Amphibious Force achieved the milestone at Cowley Beach in North Queensland during Exercise Sea Explorer, the second major activity of the Sea Series suite of exercises.  More.....
15 June
ADF careers on display in Darwin
The benefits and diversity of careers available to women in the ADF were on show at the Women in Defence Careers Expo in Darwin on Saturday.  Leila and Tianke were among more than 300 people who attended the inaugural Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) expo to find out where a career in Defence could take them.  More.....
14 June
U.S. Aircraft Carriers Now at Risk from Hypersonic Missiles
U.S. aircraft carriers are already facing risks from hypersonic weapons that are now entering the inventory of American adversaries and the Navy has developed early defenses for the threat, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said last week before the Senate.  “It’s important that we have that capability now because the hypersonic threat is there now,” Vice Adm. John Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces last week.  More.....
14 June
Philippines Again Pauses Withdrawal From Visiting U.S. Forces Agreement
For a second time, the Philippine government has paused plans to terminate part of its Mutual Defense Treaty with the U.S.  After meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s secretary of foreign affairs in a video posted to Twitter on Monday announced the government’s decision to halt plans to withdraw from the Philippines-United States Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).  More.....
12 June
Navy tanker Wave Knight delivers vital aid to volcano-hit Caribbean island
The Royal Navy has delivered 75 tonnes of crucial aid to Commonwealth citizens whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by a volcano.  Support ship RFA Wave Knight offloaded 135 pallets of emergency assistance in St Vincent �� the Caribbean island badly affected by the unexpected and violent eruptions of La Soufrière in April.  More.....
12 June
Video: Day 3 At MADEX 2021
Day 3 at MADEX 2021, the maritime defense exhibition held in Busan, South Korea. In this video we cover new sonar systems by local company Sonartech, KAI's Marine Assault Helicopter (MAH, Mine Countermeasures Helicopter (MCH) and rumors of a naval variant of the KF-21 fighter for the CVX. We also talk naval decoys with Lacroix and its local partner TS Tech, we look at what's on display on the Raytheon booth and we discuss British cooperation for the CVX program with Babcock.
11 June
Video: Day 2 At MADEX 2021 – CIWS-II, KVLS-II and DSME submarines for the Philippines
Day 2 at MADEX 2021, the maritime defense exhibition held in Busan, South Korea. In this video we focus on South Korean latest weapon systems such as Close in weapon system (CIWS) II, Korean Vertical Launch System (KVLS) II as well as DSME' submarine designs and their proposal to the Philippine Navy.
11 June
Collins Class fleet to receive $6bn service life extension
Defence has committed $6 billion to refit all six Collins Class submarines amid ongoing concerns over the FOC timeline for the future Attack Class fleet.  Minister for Defence Peter Dutton has confirmed that approximately $6 billion would be invested in a life-of-type extension (LOTE) for all six of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines.  More.....
11 June
Exercise explores all options
There is a lot going on in the air, on land and at sea in Exercise Sea Explorer, which is landing on Cowley Beach in North Queensland until June 15.  The annual Sea Series of exercises is a tiered training program that hones the skills of Australia’s amphibious force, ensuring it is ready now and future-ready.  More.....
11 June
Policy, Guns and Money: Taiwan, climate change and the cost of defence
Recently, national security debates in the United States and Australia have been heavily focused on the possibility of conflict in the Taiwan Strait.  The Strategist’s Anastasia Kapetas is joined by Ryan Hass, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, to discuss the credibility of this narrative.  They talk about the likelihood of conflict over Taiwan and how Taiwan can counter China’s actions.
10 June
MADEX 2021 Day 1 - ROK Navy's CVX Light Aircraft Carrier with HHI and DSME
Day 1 at MADEX 2021, the maritime defense exhibition held in Busan, South Korea.  In this video we focus on the CVX light aircraft carrier project of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy.
10 June
Fincantieri to provide 8 frigates to Indonesia
Fincantieri and the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia, have signed a contract for the supply of 6 FREMM class frigates, the modernization and sale of 2 Maestrale class frigates, and the related logistical support.  The order represents a success for Fincantieri and for the Country, which has a fleet of 10 FREMM ships.  The agreement is of the utmost importance to strengthen the collaboration between two Countries in a strategic area of the Pacific.  More.....
10 June
Stealth fighter mock-up appears at China’s aircraft carrier testing facility
China is stepping up its aircraft carrier program on all fronts with the emergence of a stealth fighter mock-up at a naval test facility, suggesting that China intends to operate the type on its ships.  Meanwhile, the construction of China’s third aircraft carrier is making steady progress, while a state media news clip shows carrier-borne fighters have been based at a naval air base, which has been geolocated to a naval air base in Hainan Island bordering the South China Sea.  More.....
10 June
Chinese Military Surveillance Ship, Aircraft Spotted at Contested South China Sea Reef
As the U.S. attempts to pivot its national security focus to the Pacific, the situation in the South China Sea continues to grow more complex.  China claims almost the entire area as its own and has running territorial disputes with nearly all of its neighbors, while tensions remain high in part due to the presence of a more aggressive People’s Liberation Army Navy.  The same day Pentagon leaders issued a new directive to focus the department on China, the PLAN has been deploying additional surveillance assets to one of its artificial island military bases in the South China Sea, according to new imagery reviewed by USNI News.  More.....
10 June
Celebrating 10 years of mateship
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the United States (US) Navy are this week acknowledging the 10-year anniversary of mateship on the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo Multi-Mission Helicopter Program.  In 2011, the RAN signed a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the US Navy to acquire a fleet of 24 MH-60R helicopters and through life sustainment support.  More.....
09 June
Autonomous warrior enhances Navy's fighting edge
A new-look Autonomous Warrior (AW) series is tapping into Australian industry to discover new and disruptive technologies that could transform Navy capability.  Fifteen industry groups demonstrated leading edge technologies at the inaugural 2021 event, AW Discovery - a virtual conference, hosted by Warfare Innovation Navy.  More.....
09 June
Dhoby bags add colour to deployment
TThe laundry in HMAS Ballarat is a lot more colourful these days thanks to a range of personalised laundry bags.  Colloquially known as dhoby bags, they were provided by a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting deployed ADF members.  More.....
08 June
Unmanned Aerial Tanker Refuels Super Hornet in Successful First Test
A prototype unmanned aerial tanker refueled a F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter last week in a first-of-its-kind test ahead of introducing drones to the Navy’s carrier flight decks, Naval Air Systems Command and Boeing announced on Monday.  The Boeing-built T-1 prototype for the Navy’s MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial vehicle was operating from the MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., just outside of St. Louis.
08 June
Kick-starting a new strategic and defence partnership with Bangladesh
Australia’s 2020 defence strategic update identifies the northeast Indian Ocean as a priority area as part of our immediate region, but it’s also where our security relationships are the least developed.  A new report published by the National Security College examines Australia’s interests in that region and options for enhanced security relations with Bangladesh.  More.....
07 June
Preparing for conflict: Veterans need apply
Australia is currently undertaking the greatest peacetime recapitalisation of its defence force in the nation’s history, and if the prime minister, defence minister and Home Affairs secretary are to be believed it couldn’t come a moment too soon.  The surging program of investment includes a dizzying array of highly complex, short- and long-term projects that will require significant specialised support to deliver.  That requires hard-to-come-by technical, tactical and management skills for the wide array of tasks facing the organisation, from cutting steel to cutting code.  More.....
06 June
Austal hosts christening of U.S.S. Canberra
06 June
New shipbuilding jobs portal a game changer for jobseekers
The Morrison Government’s Naval Shipbuilding College has joined forces with Australia’s defence industry to create an online jobs portal showcasing the breadth of opportunities generated by the Government’s booming naval shipbuilding program.  Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the new JobsPortal would make it easier for Australian jobseekers to move into exciting careers in the shipbuilding sector, with opportunities ranging from trades to PhDs.  More.....
05 June
Naval Historical Society of Australia - Victorian Chapter
Cordially invites you to
Our Monthly Meeting at 1900 on Monday 28 June 2021
At Waverley RSL – Sunset Room
161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley
Guest Speaker:
Mr Robert Hadler
“Murder, Mutiny & Political Controversy in the RAN”
04 June
Ballarat trains with Japan
The crew of HMAS Ballarat has successfully conducted training with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Murasame during the Regional Presence Deployment.  The ships, which rendezvoused off the coast of Japan, remained in company for a day and conducted various maritime manoeuvres.  Ballarat’s Commanding Officer, Commander Antony Pisani said the training with Japan improved interoperability and enhanced cohesiveness.  More.....
04 June
China will only benefit from the US Navy’s shipbuilding budget
The proposed U.S. Navy shipbuilding budget for fiscal 2021 contains only good news for China.  The threat of a larger U.S. Navy has disappeared. Reductions of cruisers eliminate long-range offensive and anti-submarine warfare ships. Frigates and Marine expeditionary ship programs are delayed.  Force assessments form the plan for the Navy. An assessment conducted in the 1970s and implemented in the 1980s defined the 600-ship, Cold War-ear Navy.  The bottoms-Up assessment conducted in the early 1990s defined a 350-ship Navy for the post-Cold War environment, but was not executed.  More.....
04 June
Growlers put Ballarat in a jam
HMAS Ballarat’s crew felt the full force of eight United States Navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft when they flew overhead during the ship’s Regional Presence Deployment last month.  Commanding Officer Ballarat Commander Antony Pisani said this provided valuable realistic training for the ship’s company and the US aviators from VAQ-132 Squadron.  More.....
04 June
Royal Navy conducts training with Swedish Navy in fjords
The Royal Navy has trained with the Swedish Amphibious Corps on exercises designed to strengthen ties between the two Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) nations.  The press release issued by the Royal Navy as follows;
HMS Albion and RFA Mounts Bay are in the Baltic Sea as part of the Littoral Response Group (North) deployment and – before heading on large-scale training with militaries from 18 nations on the annual NATO Baltops exercises – they linked up with the 1st Marine Regiment of the Swedish Amphibious Corps to keep the two nations working seamlessly together More.....
04 June
Indigenous murals brighten base
Indigenous artist Garry Purchase has left his mark around Sydney’s Garden Island Defence Precinct with a series of bright, hand-painted murals in offices and open spaces.  “A bit of colour makes for a more productive workplace I think,” said Mr Purchase, who is of Dharawal, Bidjigal and Dhungutti descent.  “There’s only so many white walls you can stare at.”  More.....
04 June
Loss of Iranian Navy Ship Mutes Tehran’s Global Ambitions, 3rd Warship Lost Since 2018
New satellite images released Thursday show the sunken hull of what earlier this week was one of Iran’s largest warship, IRIS Kharg an Ol-class replenishment oiler, caught fire on the evening of June 1.  The crew battled the fire with only 33 injured and no deaths but could not save the ship.  In the end only the sea could extinguish the flames.  Kharg burned for hours before slowly listing to starboard and sinking stern-first, within sight of the Iranian port of Jask, according to imagery provided to USNI News by Maxar.  More.....  
04 June
U.S. Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Canberra
The U.S. Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Canberra (LCS 30), during a 12 p.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, June 5 in Mobile, Ala.  The Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne, serves as the ship’s sponsor.  As she is unable to attend, His Excellency the Honourable Arthur Sinodinos, Australian Ambassador to the United States will deliver the christening ceremony's principal address.  More.....
04 June
Training manoeuvres with Brunei Navy a success
HMAS Parramatta joined Royal Brunei Navy ships Darulehsan and Syafaat for shared training during a recent visit to Brunei.  The three ships conducted a range of contactless training activities, including communication exercises, replenishment-at-sea approaches and maritime manoeuvres.  Commanding Officer Parramatta Commander Anita Nemarich said the chance to train with Brunei was a great success for both navies.  More.....
04 June
D Day Memorial
This time exactly 77 years ago, they were nervously waiting to board their ships, planes, gliders and landing craft.  Some were terrified, a few were excited, most just wanted to get it over with. But they all did their duty.  And more than 24,000 of them never came home.  Yet it has taken all this time for Britain’s Normandy heroes to be honoured with a proper, national memorial in the place where they fell.  More.....
03 June
Lives lost at Kuttabul remembered
The 79th HMAS Kuttabul memorial service was held at Garden Island on Sydney Harbour to remember the 27 lives lost in a World War II Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarine attack in 1942.  Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Mark Hammond and Japan’s Consul General Kiya Masahiko laid wreaths at the Kuttabul memorial and visited the Naval Heritage Centre where the conning tower of submarine M-22 is on display.  More.....
03 June
A butcher's hook at old stomping ground
Retired Chief Petty Officer butcher Joe Alexander, one of the few remaining Butcher Branch sailors to serve in the Navy, recently visited the old butcher’s shop in the soon-to-be demolished former victualling and clothing stores building at HMAS Cerberus.  Commanding Officer Cerberus Captain Ainsley Morthorpe invited a small group for a final tour through the old building to reminisce about old times.  More.....
02 June
Admiral's story a 'piece of naval history'
Guy Griffiths was just a teenager when the warship he was serving in as a young midshipman was sunk in a devastating air attack by Japanese bombers during World War II.  It was 10 December 1941, when the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Repulse was struck while sailing in company with the battleship HMS Prince of Wales off the east coast of Malaya – 840 sailors died.  More.....
01 June
Russian Navy’s Borei-A Class Submarine Knyaz Oleg begins sea trials
Russian Navy’s Project 955A / Borei-A class ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Oleg began sea trials on May 30, Russian TASS reported.  Russian Navy planned to commission it on July 25, 2021, during the Russian Navy Day, but the boat have not conducted a lot of tests yet, including Bulava Intercontinental Ballistic Missile firing.  After the sea trials and firing tests, it will probably be commissioned in 2022.  More.....
01 June
Crew meets mayor of ship's namesake
The crew of HMAS Perth met with Lord Mayor of Perth Basil Zempilas and CEO of the city of Perth Michelle Reynolds on May 28 at Council House.  The new crew transferred from HMAS Arunta earlier this year.  Perth is currently out of the water as it progresses through the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrades.  More.....
01 June
Supply of goodwill in port visit
The Navy’s newest support ship, HMAS Supply, made her first visit to her ceremonial home port of Eden, NSW on May 29.  The ship berthed at the town’s cruise wharf ahead of a program of community engagements that will further cement a relationship between the town and the ship.  More.....
01 June
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
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28 May – Recruit School graduation

30 May - Cranbourne Lions Concert Band Festival – RAN Band - TBC

31 May – Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance service

13 Jun – ‘N’ Class destroyers service

16 Jun – Soundwaves concert
CANCELLED - Due to the current restrictions in Victoria, the upcoming Soundwaves concert on 16 June will be postponed until 25 August 2021.
Those who have booked tickets will receive a cancellation email shortly via the Eventbrite booking system.
Tickets for the re-scheduled concert in August will go live at 0900 AEST on 29 July 2021 with reminders being sent closer to the time.

20 Jun – Mooroolbark concert – RAN Big Band - TBC

25 Jun – Recruit School graduation

28 Jun – Naval Historical Society meeting

30 Jun – HMAS Waterhen commemorative service

04 Jul – Reserve Forces day

06 Jul – FESR Commemorative service

14 Jul – Soundwaves concert

23 Jul – Recruit School Graduation

26 Jul – Naval Historical Society meeting

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