HMAS Sydney Model is Amazing

Article Courtesy of HMAS Sydney & VLSVA (Vic Inc)

Jim Dickson, the patron of the Naval Association, recently visited the home of Mr Max Montague near Melbourne to view his latest work – a model of the Sydney III as it was in Korea, with Sea Furies and Fairey Fireflies embarked.

It took Max 14 months to complete the model.  Not too bad for a […]

ADF Signs Camcopter Contract

From ADM (Australian Defence Magazine) 07 Feb 2017

Camcopter UAS for Navy

Defence has awarded Austrian company Schiebel a contract for the supply of its Camcopter S-100 System and three years of follow-on Contractor Logistics Support.

The Commonwealth released an international Request for Tender (RfT) in late February 2016 for a UAS capability under Navy Minor Project 1942 (Maritime Tactical UAS – Interim Capability).

According to Scheiebel, after […]

Committee changes in VIC Division

The Victorian Division of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia met for its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 5 February 2017.

A new committee was established, as follows:

Chris Fealy   – President

Steve Myers  – Vice President

Mal Smith – Secretary

Paul Thitchener – Treasurer  [replaces George Self]

Ron Christie – General Committee

Rob Gagnon – General Committee

John Champion – General Committee

John Fields – General Committee [replaces Hank […]

From Fromelles to Pozieres

In July 2016 Dr Brendan Nelson, the Director of the Australian War Memorial, gave an address to the National Press Club on Fromelles, which has been described as one of Australia’s darkest hours in the bloody carnage of the First World War. 

Although this address was not about the Fleet Air Arm, it is about many of the qualities that we […]

Veterans & Veterans’ Families Counselling Service


Who is VVCS?
VVCS provides free confidential counselling and group program services to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian veteran and ex-service community and their families, irrespective of which theatre they served in.
The VVCS Legacy
The Vietnam War was a difficult chapter in Australia’s history. For those who served, the experience forged strong bonds and a commitment to look out […]

Missing RANHFV Members


Can you help us locate the following members of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam? If so, please use the “Contact Us” box at the foot of the page.  Their Flight number is included in brackets.
Hawkins, Raymond Basil (2)
Homer, Raymond Harold (1)
Jones, Raymond Marshall (1)
Malcolm, Peter Robert (4)
Mills, Francis John (3)
Montgomery, James Henry (3)
Morris, Garrie David (3)
Terrell, Graham Victor (3)
Varley, David […]

Books of Interest

Our website readers have drawn the webmaster’s attention to two books of interest.   The first is entitled Britain’s Fleet Air Arm in World War II Schiffer’s Military History, which as it’s name suggests is a comprehensive account of the RN FAA over that period with many photographs not seen before. 

David Eagles, who was one of the RN pilots in the Firefly […]

News Article on RAN Historic Flight

The latest edition of AERO AUSTRALIA magazine (Jan-Mar 2017) has just published the following short comment on the RAN Historic Flight:

“THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY Historic Flight has been shut down and the future of its aircraft still to be determined. An operational pause was invoked on the Flight in mid-2015 and the Fleet Air Arm Museum manager was appointed custodian of […]

WA Division Members Attend Memorial

Members of the WA Division recently attended the September 2016 Vietnam Veterans Ceremony held at North Beach RSL in WA.  In the  pictures Winston James can be seen holding the blue and white flower wreath and saluting;  in the third picture Paul Hodgkinson is in the foreground, left hand side. 


Standing Invitation from WA Division

If you are visiting Perth and want to catch up with old friends, members of the WA Division meet every Wednesday (except November – then its Tuesday) at Rosie O’Gradys Hotel Northbridge from 1200 to 1400. You are always welcome.

Point of contact is Keith Taylor on 0409 991 252 […]