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28 May 2011 DVA e-news edition 2. Open
28 May 2011 Article from 'The Australian' newspaper - Overdue and over budget: $8bn destroyer plan in crisis More.....
28 May 2011 Weapons training - video. Open
28 May 2011 HMAS TOOWOOMBA disarms pirate threat - video. Open
28 May 2011 Navy Families - video. Open
28 May 2011 HMAS MANOORA Decommissioning Ceremony
Video of HMAS Manoora Decommissioning Ceremony which occurred on Friday 27 May 2011 at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.  Open
28 May 2011 Australian Maritime Digest - May edition. Open
28 May 2011 Australian Maritime Digest - April edition.  Open
28 May 2011 Hindsight 3:
PO Humphries and the George Medal. That the Victoria Cross has never been awarded to a member of the RAN does not detract from the many valourous actions that have occurred throughout the Navy's history. Although some of these acts have gone unrecognised many were recognised at the time as extraordinary acts of courage. This Hindsight details such an action during one of the lesser known incidents of Australia's involvement in World War II.  More.....
28 May 2011 Semaphore 3: Chinese Hospital Ships and Soft Power.
The growth of the Chinese People's Liberation Army - Navy is one of the more interesting naval developments in the Asian region. While much of the focus has been on their war fighting platforms such as submarines and potential aircraft carriers the PLAN also developed their ability to develop soft power - or, in Chinese terms, 'subtle power'. This article explores the eleven hospital ships of the PLAN and the medical diplomatic capability they confer.  More.....
28 May 2011 Report:  Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2010 and related matters.
The Bill was not passed.  More.....
24 May 2011 As mentioned on the Vale page, RADM Phil Kennedy passed away peacefully today. Click here for details of his career.
24 May 2011 Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme
On Monday, 23 May 2011 the House of Representatives debated a motion tabled by the Coalitions spokesperson on military superannuation matters, Mr Stuart Robert MP, regarding the indexation of military pensions.

The motion read:

MR ROBERT: To moveThat this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) military service is unique and comes with inherent risks not applicable to other public service jobs;

(b) Australia's service personnel, past and present, after giving so much to their nation, deserve to live out their lives in the knowledge that they have financial security; and

(c) approximately 56 000 retired military personnel who are members of the Defence Force Retirement and Deaths Benefits (DFRDB) scheme and the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) scheme have their military pensions indexed only to movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI); and

(2) calls on all Members to support the:

(a) concept of the unique nature of military service; and

(b) Coalition's policy to index the military pensions to members of the DFRDB and DFRB schemes who are aged 55 and over, to the higher movements in the CPI, Male Total Average Weekly Earnings or the Pensioner Beneficiary Living Cost Index.

For your consideration is the unedited Hansard extract of all Coalition Members and Labor Members who spoke on this motion.  Open
23 May 2011 The Perth Mint and Australia Post mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy with a stunning commemorative Stamp and Coin Cover. On 1 March 1901, exactly two months after the Federation of Australia, responsibility for the former colonies’ naval forces passed to the new Commonwealth Government, setting in train developments resulting in the emergence of the Royal Australian Navy in 1911.  More.....
23 May 2011 "All At Sea" - an exhibition of the maritime paintings of Jack L. Koskie. Exhibition opened from 05 May - 17 June 2011.  More.....
17 May 2011 Amphibious Ship Update - joint media release from Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel.  More.....
17 May 2011 2010 Election Defence promises wiped out in budget - Shadow Minister for Defence.  More.....
17 May 2011 Defence Force Welfare Association monthly update #260 - 15th May 2011.  Open
17 May 2011 The concept of the Unique Nature of Military Service has been championed by the DFWA for some years – including a seminar held on the subject in 2009.  Our paper on the issue is also attached. "The Unique Nature of Military Service".  More.....
17 May 2011

Military covenant to be made law
The military covenant – the nation’s promise that troops will be cared for in return for the sacrifices they make – will be recognised in law for the first time under plans to honour the “unique service” given by members of the Armed Forces and their families.  More.....

17 May 2011 Navy & Army Veterans Revisit Greece.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, will lead the four day mission of Navy and Army veterans who are aged between 88 and 101. The group will attend a number of events including a commemorative ceremony at the Hellenic-Australian Memorial, at Rethymno, on Crete.  More.....
17 May 2011


  • rose 1.9% for the March quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 0.7% in the December quarter 2011.
  • showed a larger increase for the March quarter 2011 than the CPI (+1.6%).
  • rose 4.6% through the year to March quarter 2011, compared to a through the year rise of 4.0% to December quarter 2010.
  • showed a larger increase through the year to March quarter 2011 than the CPI (+3.3%).  More.....
17 May 2011 Commemorating the Royal Australian Navy's service to the Nation 1911-1915.
From Rear Admiral Allan Du Toit, AM, RAN, Head Navy People and Reputation.  More.....
11 May 2011 2011 Budget - What's in it for the veteran?
The Gillard Government has maintained its commitment to Australian veterans and their families in the 2011-12 Budget, and provided $60.7 million in new initiatives. More.....
10 May 2011 Plans to erect a 7 foot six inch bronze statue of a WW2 Sailor

The Navy has had a long association with the Port Melbourne precinct, dating back to the Colonial Navy days of the mid 1850's to 1992.

With the closure of HMAS Lonsdale in 1992 the association with the Navy and Port Melbourne sadly came to an end.

There is not a single Heritage Marker to denote the Navy was ever in this area, and some 15,000 Naval men and women would have passed this way.

The Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia Inc. was incorporated on January 22nd. 2008 to remedy this omission, and plans to erect a 7 foot six inch bronze statue of a WW2 Sailor. He will represent all ranks and rates, men and women who have served their country in both war and peace, and passed this way.   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.