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Australian Naval History Podcasts Released

The Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) is in the process of producing a number of fascinating Podcasts, each of which tells a story of a facet of RAN history.  The Centre has partnered with the University of New South Wales for this endeavour. 

The most recent Podcasts cover aspects of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam, […]

NSW Division AGM – March 2018

The Annual General Meeting for the NSW Division will be held in the White Ensign Club building (adjacent to the Fleet Air Arm Museum) on Wednesday 14th March 2018, commenting at 1130 (note different time from usual meetings). 

The meeting will consider any ‘Notices of Motion’, which are essentially ideas or suggestions concerning the NSW Division.  You are invited to submit […]

Korean War Service Medal Approved

VETERANS of the Korean War have been approved to wear the Republic of Korea War Service medal by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
As a foreign award, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal is not administered by Defence. Eligible veterans may purchase the replica medal from any reputable medal dealer.
Veterans who have […]

Wreath Laying for LEUT Casadio 30Jan18

A “Last Post” ceremony will be held at the Australian War Memorial on Tuesday 30 January 2018 to acknowledge the loss of LEUT Anthony Casadio, who died in action on the 21st August 1968 whilst serving on the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RAN HFV).  He was just 22 years old. 
Those wishing to attend should be at the AWM entry at […]

Commemoration of Battles at FSBs Coral and Balmoral May ’68

A memorial service for FSBs Coral and Balmoral 50th Anniversary will be held at the Vietnam Forces Memorial, Anzac Pde Canberra on Sunday 13th May 2018.
There will be the normal dignitaries as well as VIP service personnel. Each branch of a service may have a represenative in the VIP section.
The service is open to all serving personnel, ex service personnel […]

ACT Division Christmas Luncheon

Good Afternoon All,
The ACT Division will hold a Christmas Luncheon on Sunday 10th Dec 17 commencing at 1200 at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club, Mariner Place Yarralumla.
ACT Members and their partners are welcome to attend. This will be the last ACT Division social get together for 2017, although we are limited to 12 personnel at the venue, so first in best […]

Lady Nanette Smith Passes Away

The Fleet Air Arm Association was saddened to learn that Lady Nanette Smith, the wife of the late VADM Sir Victor Alfred Trumper (VAT) Smith, passed away on 17 October 2017 aged 94.
Admiral Smith, a Naval Aviator awarded the DSC flying Swordfish during WW2,  is considered the father of the Fleet Air Arm and went on to serve the country as […]

Seahawk 70-B and Squirrel AS350B Retirement Ceremony 01 December 2017

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Advice has just been received from Navy regarding the arrangements for the retirement of the AS350B Squirrel and the Seahawk S-70B2 from service.  The following events will occur:
Ceremonial Divisions and a formal Retirement Ceremony
When: 0900 to 1000 on Friday 01 December 2017.
Where: HMAS Albatross.
Rig: Dress S2 or equivalent.   
How to attend: Persons wishing to attend Divisions are […]


The Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal (DHAT) conducted hearings in Nowra 12/13th October to gather evidence  from former RANHFV members in support of the grant of a unit citation to the RANHFV for its 4-year service in Vietnam 1967-71. 
The four OICs had made a submission to the Chief of Navy for such an award in 2014, which he forwarded to […]

Tribunal Approve ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement

The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal have today issued their Decision regarding the 2017-2020 ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA).
As expected, the DFRT approved the joint ADF/Commonwealth proposal for increases of 2% per annum for the next three years.  The first increase will become effective from 02 November 2017, and further 2% tranches will be payable from November 2018 and November 2019, […]

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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