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. 

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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.

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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 […]

RANHFV UH-1 Gunships – Photos and Paint specs

WANTED:  Photos of Vietnam Flight UH-1 Gunships and Paint Specs

The RAN Historic Flight are after colour photos and paint specifications of the UH1 Gunships used by the RANHFV with the 135th. We are going to paint 893 up in these colours in honour and memory of all the RANHFV guys who served there.

Please contact Greg Morris from the Historic Flight […]

A4G Skyhawk History

A4G Skyhawk history page – edited by Phil Thompson here […]

Skyhawk Jet Returns to Nowra

After being in storage for nearly a decade, a former Navy Skyhawk jet fighter has returned to Nowra to take its place in the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

The TA-4 Skyhawk was handed over to the RAN in a ceremony that involved the exchange of aircraft logbooks. The Skyhawk made its journey to Australia last week aboard a RAAF C-17 Globemaster.

The […]

Sea Kings Final Flight

The RAN’s venerable Sea King helicopters and 817 Squadron have made their final flight as part of a decommissioning ceremony held at HMAS Albatross at Nowra. The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon and Chief of Navy, VADM Ray Griggs, were on hand to welcome the final flight and thank the 817 Squadron who operated the helicopters.

Australia’s Sea […]