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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]