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VIC Division Annual General Meeting 2020

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 2ndFebruary 2020 at the Mission to Seafarers commencing at 1100.
All current committee members have indicated that they are willing to stand for re-election.
Should any member wish to stand for election to the committee I need to have a nomination proposed and seconded by 17thJanuary.   Likewise should any member wish to raise a Special […]

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 […]


There will be a National Ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice on 27 July 2018 in ANZAC Pde CANBERRA around 1100 (details all TBC). The Korean Embassy has put on a lunch after similar events regarding Korean War commemorations in the past. They are considering doing the same again, but want to understand how many people […]


By Ed:   The following update was received from the Defence Force Welfare Association, to which we are linked as we are a member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSOs). It is attached for information.  Further background can be found by clicking on the links below (especially the Presentation). 
On 5 February 2018, […]

Australian Naval Institute Oration and Annual Dinner

The ANI is holding the 2018 Vernon Parker Oration and Annual Dinner on Thursday 10 May at the Hotel Realm in Canberra.

The Oration will be delivered by the Honourable John Berry, President of the New York-based American Australian Association. Prior to this appointment he was the US Ambassador to Australia, and as such has a deep knowledge of the […]

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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