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ACT Division – Notice of AGM 25Oct19

The ACT Division of the FAAA of A wishes to advise it will hold the 2019 Annual General Meeting on Friday 25th Oct 19 at the Canberra Club located at 51 Blackall St Barton ACT, commencing at 1730.

 A map of the club location is attached here.

All Association members and serving or former FAA members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Reports from the ACT Division […]

2019 Election of National Executive Members


This is a reminder that 2019 is an election year for our association and all positions on the National Executive are now open for nomination.   The election will be held during the annual Federal Council Meeting to be held in Nowra on Saturday 26 October 2019. 

Note that nominations must be in accordance with […]

Names Wanted

We are looking to find the names of the folk of the 1st Contingent seen below, boarding a QANTAS jet. In particular, we would like the names of people labelled 6,7,8, 14, 15, 16 and 18.  You can click on the image to make it bigger, and use the ‘Contact Us’ form at the foot of this page to submit your thoughts. 



Bravo Zulu: Book Review

Book Review:  

“Bravo Zulu” Volumes 1 & 2 by Ian Pfennigwerth.
Between 1900 and 2014 over 4,000 Australian naval people received honours and awards for their efforts, courage, sacrifice and service to the nation. Whether a George Cross for defusing mines during the World War II UK ‘Blitz’, an American Silver Star for flying helicopters into intense enemy fire in Vietnam, […]

Fleet Air Arm Hero Remembered at Albatross

Family of late Australian WWII hero, Spitfire pilot LEUT Keith Clarkson, donates war medals to Fleet Air Arm Museum
By Rebecca West,  Images and Text – South Coast Register

The descendants of an Australian war veteran who served valiantly in WWII and was killed in battle over North Korea in 1951 donated his medals, including the Distinguished Flying Medal, to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra Hill […]

Free Entry for ex-ADF Members to Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

Complimentary Entry to
Australian National Maritime Museum
Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW

The Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) has partnered with the Australian National Maritime Museum to provide complimentary free access to Australia’s Maritime Museum in Sydney for all Defence Force serving members, veterans, and current cadets.


Located in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, this must-see […]

ACT Division Social Friday 31 August 2018 – All Welcome

The Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia, ACT Division, will hold a social get together at the Canberra Club, 51 Blackall Street Barton ACT on Friday 31st Aug 2018 commencing from 1600.  

FAA Association members and other FAA / ex-FAA personnel are more than welcome to attend the function. A sign in sheet will be at the Club front reception desk for attendees to sign as they enter the club

The Canberra […]

Message from COMFAA for the RANHFV

COMFAA,  Commodore Chris Smallhorn, has asked that the following message be published on this website.
“On 18 August 2018 our Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) veterans were finally recognised for the extraordinary feats of gallantry displayed every day and night throughout the four 723 Squadron detachments to Vietnam between September 1967 and June 1971.
On a predictably cold, wet  and blustery […]

RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam Awarded Unit Citation for Gallantry

Forty-six years after it was disbanded, the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam has been awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry (UCG). 
The actual Citation, which is a rhodium-plated rectangular frame surrounding a ribbon of deep green, is a warrant presented to selected ADF Units for acts of extraordinary gallantry in action. The Citation consists of a certificate to the unit, signed by the […]


Anybody in the Navy who has more than a few grey hairs on their head will, in all probability, have been exposed to Asbestos.   Ships of the day were riddled with it, mostly in the lagging around pipes snaking along the passageways and though messdecks.    You’ll probably remember painting them, which in some cases was all that held […]

The Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia aims to unite former and serving Naval Aviation personnel. It encourages membership for anyone who has been associated with operating, maintaining or supporting the RAN Fleet Air Arm at sea or ashore.

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