50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan 17-18 Aug 2016

Painting by Bruce Fletcher
The following advice has been received regarding the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan
Invitations will shortly be issued for attendance at the commemorative service for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
This year, a number of commemorative activities to mark the anniversary will be held in Canberra beginning 17 August 2016 through […]

Mystery Photo No. 14 Answer

Mystery Photograph No 14 was kindly supplied by Phil Thompson

The above photograph shows a small RN biplane landing on an aircraft carrier.  Can you tell:

What type of aircraft is it? (easy question)

What the name of the aircraft carrier is? (ditto)

The name of the Australian FAA pilot aboard, and

What marked it as a special occasion? 


The (almost) correct answer was […]

Storm Ashore: A Worm’s Eye View of D-Day

The FAAAA was saddened to learn of the death of Commodore John Goble on 31 May 2016 (see Obituary here). 

He will be remembered for many things, but one of them is an excellent address he gave to RAN Staff Course Acquaint members at their end of course Mess Dinner, held on 17 October 2005.  It was delivered with his usual eloquence […]

HC723 Rescues Squirrels

HMAS Albatross personnel make mercy dash to Antarctica
By Dallas McMaugh, SOUTH COAST REGISTERMarch 23, 2016, 10:50 a.m.

 ​THREE navy maintainers from 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross have undertaken a rescue mission in Antarctica.However, the trio, Leading Seamen Aviation Technician Aircraft Jodie Khan and Tim Graham and Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Mark Anderson, didn’t have to rescue stranded personnel. Instead it was […]

Flashback to the Past – WA Personalities

Above (L to R):  David Simmonds (former Range Commander, Jervis Bay Missile Range); Greg Kelson (President FAAAA WA Division); William Wilson (Deputy Warden WA War Memorial) and Bill Farrell (former RAN Bandmaster, Director of Music).   The four were attending the 2015 Defence Force Welfare Association Christmas luncheon.  


Photographs below show a flashback to some of these folk. LCDRs Bill Paton […]

Mystery Photo No 5

Mystery Photo No 5 is a little more recent than its predecessors.   Can you tell the Webmaster the names of any or all of the five individuals in the image?  Use the ‘Comment’ box below to respond. 

Answers to previous Mystery Photographs 1-4. (Click on the image to get the answer)


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WA Committee Details

WA Division held its 2016 Annual General Meeting on Sunday 14 February and advises the following were elected to their Management Committee:


PRESIDENT                                                              MR. GREG KELSON


WA Remembrance Day Photographs

Here are some photographs from the Mandurah Remembrance Day, supplied by WA Division.  As it turned out, the WRANS Association were having their annual gathering at Mandurah this year. Half the girls in the group had served at Albatross – names too numerous to mention.


Picture 1:  Lovely Ladies: the local WRANS’ gathering at Mandurah 2015

Picture 2: Skinhead, Phyllis, Donc and […]

Snippet of History 2: Wessex Salvage

Photos of a downbird team recovering a Wessex from Pigeon House mountain in 1978.  Any further detail on the time and people involved would be welcome.

(Click on images to enlarge)


A4-N Delivered to Discovery Air Defence Services

The latest A-4N arrives at Wittmund – Combat Aircraft Monthly Magazine – July 2015.

The latest McDonnell Douglas A-4N for Discovery Air Defence Services arrived at Wittmund air base in northern Germany on May 11, 2015. Wearing the Canadian civil registration C-FGZS, serial 337 (BuNo 158730, c/n 14377) used the call sign ‘Dadio 22’ for the flight from Phoenix, Arizona to […]