The 16th MINESWEEPING SQUADRON Reunion will be held in November this year to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Confrontation.
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May 2011
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.

April 2011

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

Hi All,

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.


Les Sheehan

* 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!


18th May

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.

Thank you.
*now defunct


7th April

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.


March 25th

Jenny Bem, the legend of Hong Kong recently passed away, there is a piece about her on a new page,  Other Tributes


March 2009

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

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



Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Tuesday, 11 November 2008



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

Bereavement Pin."

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 HONOURABLE WARREN

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**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

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