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  • On this day, 5 June 2007, HMAS Anzac (III) departed Fleet Base West for Operation CATALYST.

    HMAS Anzac (III) 05 Jun '18, 1am

    HMAS Anzac (III) is the lead ship of eight Anzac class frigates built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria for the Royal Australian Navy. The design is based on the German Meko 200 frigate. Anzac is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfar...

  • Today we pause to remember the 645 men lost in HMAS Sydney II on this day in 1941. Lest We Forget

    HMAS Sydney (II) - Part 3 18 Nov '17, 8pm

    The Sea Power Centre – Australia (SPC-A) subsequently convened a Wreck Location Seminar in Fremantle on 16 November 2001. Regrettably the aim was not achieved as the seminar served primarily to highlight the many differing theories on where the wrecks might lie. Here the matter might ...

  • Learn about the Royal Australian Navy on the silver screen in our latest Semaphore newsletter

    Semaphore: The Royal Australian Navy on the Silver Screen 25 Sep '17, 11pm

    The bravery of World War II Australian Z Special Force operatives was highlighted in 1989 when the mini-series The Heroes premiered on the Ten Network. The plot recreated the heroic voyage of the MV Krait , which was crewed by a mixture of RAN and military personnel during a clandesti...

  • Customs and Traditions 04 May '17, 9pm

    Navy Recognition of Service Badges Burial at Sea Field Gun Run Freedom of Entry The Origin of RAN Squadron and National Insignia The Duke of Gloucester’s Cup Official Badge Design and History The Tradition of Colours and Sunset Australian White Ensign Battle Honours Pages 1 2 next › l...

  • 75 years since the Battle of the Coral Sea

    Semaphore: Commemorating the Battle of the Coral Sea 03 May '17, 8am

    Some Australians are unfamiliar with the location of the Coral Sea, a sea which laps north Queensland’s shoreline, and the scene of a major naval action fought 75 years ago during a particularly dark period of the Second World War. The Battle of the Coral Sea was not a single battle b...

  • HMAS Australia II transiting the Panama Canal c.1935 #Clydebuilt

    HMAS Australia (II) 08 Sep '17, 9am

    (II) was patrolling off the Azores and escorting troop ships between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom. On 29 October, in the Orkney / Shetland area, Australia (II) succeeded in rescuing nine crew members of a Sunderland Flying Boat, despite Force 10 winds and very high seas. The remai...

  • Piping the Side in the #AusNavy dates from the days of sail - to learn more visit

    History of Piping the Side 15 Jan '17, 11pm

    The custom of Piping the Side dates from the days of sail when ship’s Captains were frequently called upon to report onboard their senior officer’s Flagship at sea to receive or discuss orders. On those occasions when the sea state was too rough to permit the use of sea gangways, it w...

  • Pleased to report some new additions to our HMAS Melbourne (II) web pages

    HMAS Melbourne (II) - Part 2 04 Oct '16, 4am

    The day only got worse, however, as, while discussions were being conducted on board regarding the re-scheduling of the exercise program and an investigation into the crash and the arrestor system, a Sea King helicopter ditched into the sea, striking the ship’s side and turning upside...