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 […]

Warbird Relic Hunters

Anybody who likes restored aircraft will love this story from our friends at Vintage Wings of Canada. 
As the introduction says: 
“As the Second World War came to a close, thousands of war-surplus combat and training aircraft were stored at storage, repair or disposal facilities across Canada. British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Airfields began to fill up with the discarded implements of war—Avro Ansons and Lancasters, Bristol Bolingbrokes, […]


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, […]


COMFAA and DGNP have recently advised the Navy Aviation Community that a review of Aviation Pay has commenced.   The body of the advice was as follows:

“This email is to inform you as a member of the Navy Officer Aviation Community that Navy has commenced a review of Navy Officer Aviation remuneration, and to provide you with information on the […]

ESO Collaborative Initiative Underway

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs statement to Parliament on 14 August 2017 stated, inter alia, ‘[that] …we best honour the diggers of the First World War by supporting the service men and women, the veterans and the families of today. It is important that all Australians understand the unique nature of service.’
The Minister went on to issue a challenge to 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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