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News & Articles of Interest

30 Aug 2011 PRESS RELEASE - 30 August 2011
2011 being the Royal Australian Navy's "Royal" Centenary year saw the Navy
League in Victoria in 2010 advertise a $500 reward to find the lost Admiral Creswell bronze bust from its 72 year old St Kilda foreshore Memorial...More.....
29 Aug 2011 New Program To Maintain Graves Of Our Bravest
The graves of recipients of Australia’s highest honours for bravery will be protected under a new maintenance program, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, announced today. More.....
29 Aug 2011 What Happens To Your Partner When You Die?
The ACT Defence Widows' Support Group (DWSG) provides support to Defence widows and widowers, particularly the newly-bereaved. The Group contacts them after the funeral of their partner. Experience has shown that the same problems seem to surface repeatedly and that forward planning would help relieve some of the burden and distress to your partner when death occurs. More.....
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Some 27,000 Vietnam veterans, their peers and family members will be sent a questionnaire this week to participate in a world-first, intergenerational research project, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon said today. More.....
20 Aug 2011 The Frankston Naval Memorial Club now has a website.
The club is open every Friday night and also opens for the many functions it has throughout the year. Should you wish to have a quite drink and conversation, away from the noise of poker machines, the FNMC is the place to be on Friday nights. Opens at 1900.
19 Aug 2011 Air warfare destroyer keel arrives in Adelaide.
Tightly wrapped in protective plastic but clearly the right shape, the first keel block of the air warfare destroyers has arrived in Osborne. The block was built at BAE Systems in Melbourne and barged to the Port River where it was offloaded at Techport Australia. More.....
19 Aug 2011 The Navy League’s two RAN "Royal" Centenary Year 2011 "Creswell" projects are:
  • Restoration & unveiling the restored Creswell Memorial at St Kilda.
  • Gifting a Creswell bronze bust to HMAS Creswell, as Victoria’s contribution to the RAN’s “Royal” Centenary year 2011.
On Monday 5th September 2011 the Chief of Navy VADM R. Griggs AM CSC RAN will unveil the restored memorial. Following this at the Naval Centenary Reception in the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) Harbour View Room he will receive a bronze bust of Creswell for the Naval College.
Click here to download full details including RSVP form.
13 Aug 2011 On 25th August 2011, The RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) of Victoria is presenting a lunch time address by CAPT Brad White RAN, Director, Joint Amphibious Capability Implementation Team, who will speak on "The ADF's Future Amphibious Capability - Opportunities and Challenges". Full details are on the Calendar.
13 Aug 2011 Name of ex RFA Largs Bay to HMAS CHOULES.
Today at Fleet Base West the Prime Minister and the Minister for Defence announced that the ex Royal Fleet Auxilliary Landing Ship Dock Largs Bay is to commission into the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Choules. More.....
12 Aug 2011 Smoother Transition For Defence Personnel
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, today announced that from October 2011, dedicated staff from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will operate at more than 25 military bases around Australia to provide advice and support on injury, physical and mental health and compensation issues. More.....
06 Aug 2011 DFRDB
A Call to Arms - Sitrep No.5. Operation Letter Raid. More.....
06 Aug 2011 Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria August newsletter 'Rogue's Yarn'.
06 Aug 2011 On the 11th Nov the Victorian Reserve Officers will have their Annual Dining in Night – held at University House . If interested please contact LCDR Eric Mushins. Details on the Calendar.
03 Aug 2011 HMA Ships Perth, Newcastle and Sirius arrive in Melbourne today. They will be berthed at Station Pier. Perth & Newcastle will be open to the public from 1000 - 1400 on Sunday 7th August. The ships will depart on the 8th August.
03 Aug 2011 The Federal Court of Australia interpreted the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA) as one which excluded the principles of equity (fairness and natural justice) from the administration of all veterans' entitlements, pensions and otherwise.

*Letter from Phil Clark,* Retired Solicitor 17 July 2011 (from Just a Fair Go)
As a retired solicitor, I would like to make a point at law which is very relevant to all veterans. Please bear with me. More.....


Anzac Centenary Events
2014 - 2018

The Anzac Centenary (2014 – 2018) will shine a spotlight on the commitment and sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.

Across Victoria, there will be a number of commemorative events marking key dates throughout the Centenary.


ANZAC Naval Commemorative Ball - 17 October 2015
The Naval Commemorative Committee Victoria, invite all serving ADF personnel, Australian and Allied Veterans along with family and friends, to attend the ANZAC Naval Commemorative Ball on Saturday 17 October 2015 at (New Venue) The Atrium, Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington (10 Minutes from the CBD).  Dance to the Music of the RAN Dance Band.  The Ball is open to all serving and former members of the ADF, NZDF, Reserves, Cadets, families, friends, Police, Emergency Services, our Allies and the General Public.
Full details at: and

Navy Ball Flyer.....
Navy Ball Information page.....
Navy Ball Booking Form.....

Should you wish to register an event, go to the Anzac Centenary website.