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Recently the government launched a Tribunal to inquire into unsung heroes un rewarded for their acts of courage during the last centuries wars and conflicts. You can find the full statement and list of those being searched for here.
Due to the natural disasters that have happened in Australia, New Zealand and Japan many people want to help in any way they can.
There is a members help page for RAN and service personnel offering their services to other members and their families.
And also a page with government and links from around the Pacific region.
If you would like to contribute to these pages please use the contact us page.
25th January 2010
Here is a link to the latest video clip I just put on youtube. I have also added an entry in the FESR website forum with a link to it. It is a short video clip of several photo's of Jenny BEM. The reason for doing it was due to several requests to supply photo's and this is the easiest way to achieve that.
Happy New Year to you all and I hope you enjoy the page.
* this video is now on the front page permanently.
28th August 2009
We have more additions to the HMAS Teal page, Len 'Buck' Rodgers has kindly shared some photos of the bird and her crew.
29th July 2009
Fred Goddard has kindly shared some photos of HMAS Teal with us, and Len Rodgers has some he will be sharing as well soon.
Jacquie Clarey is still waiting to hear from Canberra about the new crest design so we will look forward to that news and meanwhile
sometime ago I asked Rod Clarey why during the Vietnam war the Minesweepers were not again in action... here is his reply...
"...from what I can remember because of the work we did in Confrontation the yanks wanted us in Vietnam but some shiny arse desk
jockey in Navy Office Canberra reckoned it would be too dangerous(FOR WHO??) to have the Birds in Vietnam. Plus while we flew
the RN White Ensign the Poms had a say in the deployment of the Birds. But for a more precise answer we would have to check with
Seapower in Canberra."
So if anyone else has anything to add to that let me know so we can share it!
The New Crest is now made. It has to be sanctioned by the Chief of the RAN before it can be used. However if you have access to the Multiply* group you may view the draft copy of it there.
The results of our recent poll are as follows:
1 14 votes
2 4 votes
3 1 votes
4 31 votes
5 8 votes
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. The winning result is now going to be verified by the RAN but this could take some
time to happen.
Jenny Bem, the legend of Hong Kong recently passed away, there is a piece about her on a new page, Other Tributes
A new book called Konfrontasi by Jim Warren has been published.
Its from the perspective of a sweeper who served in HMNZS Hickleton about the Indonesian Conflict. Copies can be purchased from www.cybermarket.com.au/welcome/page88.php
Jim has also been kind enough to share some photos with us and they can be found on the HMAS Gull archive page. Jim has also very kindly shared some photos of his time upon the Hickleton, they can be found here.
We have new Hawk photographs kindly shared with us by Rod Beckinsale They can soon be found in the HMAS Hawk Archive page
THE HONOURABLE WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
BEREAVEMENT PIN FOR NAVY FAMILIES
The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon
MP, today announced the commissioning of a bereavement pin for family
members of Navy personnel who lost their lives while in the service of the
Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and the nation.
Minister Snowdon said many families who lost a relative while they served
in the Navy have expressed a wish to have a tangible, yet discreet,
memento of the service of their loved one.
"The Navy Bereavement Pin represents their relative's commitment to Navy
and the family's sacrifice and loss," he said.
"It is hoped that the families, to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude,
will find some comfort in the recognition of their loss through the Navy
The distinctive 20mm gold-plated lapel pin is emblazoned with the RAN
crest and encompassed by a wreath to symbolise families' support of their
relative in life and death.
HMAS Sydney II family members attending memorial services in Canberra,
Geraldton and at sea in HMAS Manoora on November 19 will be the first
invited to receive a Navy Bereavement Pin.
"On the 19th of November, the nation will commemorate the life, the
service and the sacrifice of the 645 men who were lost with the sinking of
HMAS Sydney II. It is right that the families of those brave servicemen
will be the first to wear this symbol of both sorrow and deeply valued
"The Navy Bereavement Pin should be worn with pride, and as a reminder
that they too, are part of the broader Navy family," said Mr Snowdon.
Family members of Navy personnel who died while serving in the RAN since
Federation, during war or peace time, on active service or off duty, are
invited to apply for a pin by calling Navy on 02 6266 2285 or emailing
Older News Items:
**Older News items between 2011 and 2014 have been lost during the recent transition between the old web hosting service and the current one.
NB: Links included are no longer operational as this page is just for archive. Thanks
Both Di and I feel for all those affected by the floods, not only in Queensland but Australia wide. We would like to do our bit to help with the recovery, but Di's Military commitments preclude this. (Yes she is still serving and almost ready to complete her 36th year). I was involved with the cleanup with 6RAR in the '74 floods so I have a pretty good understanding of the problems faced by all affected.
As you may know, I have been mounting medals professionally for about 16 years, and because of that I thought I might offer my services to those affected by the floods.
I am offering all veterans the following:
If service medals were damaged as a result of the floods, I will
polish, re-ribbon and mount all damaged medals FREE of charge;
If Service medals were lost I can replace with high grade Replicas at cost price(normally about $10.00 ea). I will ribbon and mount any replica medal purchased, FREE of charge.
The turn-around time would be about 7-10 days after either receiving original medals or notification of Replicas required. From my understanding, lost medals will take about 4-6 months to replace.
The only cost to the Veteran will be return postage via Yellow Express Bag ($10.00 approx) and cost price of any Replicas required.
Should anyone want to avail themselves of my offer, I can be contacted in any of the following ways:
Phone: 02 9938 3572
Mobile: 0410 519968
Thanks Ray. Kindest regards Kev Lunny, Sunray 32
|Victoria Cross Inquiry|
|Minesweepers to Minehunters|
|Timeline of the 16th MSS|
|RNZN- Jim Warren- Konfontasi|
|WW1 - 100|
|WW1 - 100 - Galipolli|
|Tributes - Non forces|
|Tribute to Cmdr JD Foster|
|Memorial to Cmdr. John D Foster|
|Tribute to Lt-Cmdr Keith Murray|
|Tribute to Allen T. Jones|
|Canberra Dedication Address|
|Canberra Plaque Dedication|
|Allan T Jones' RNZN Visit|
|RNZN Pinga Jasa Malaysia Medal Ceremony|
|Yamba Reunion 2004|
|Noosa March 2008|
|Noosa Reunion Dinner|