RNZN -Dedication - New Zealand - HMAS Philomel

Allan T Jones represented the RAN16th MSS when he attended a memorial and Plaque dedication service in New Zealand for the RNZN Mnesweepers in July 2006.
Here are the photographs and his account of the time he spend as guest of the RNZN, which took place just 4 months before he suddenly passed away. 
Thank You Allan. 

For as long as there has been a Navy, Australia and New Zealand have shared together many conflicts and peaceful exercises joining together in a bond that is unique and unlike any other in the world and so it was in The Indonesian Confrontation, the forgotten passage of time that both of our governments hoped  our presence would go unnoticed due to the sensitive nature of our relationship with Indonesia, luck was on the governments side, with the increase of the tension in Vietnam happening so close to home away from the front pages, even today few people know of our deep involvement and it must have been harder for the New Zealand Navy, for the first time in history ships commissioned into the RNZN, manned in the most part by RNZN personnel never went anywhere near New Zealand! in addition, one of their sweepers fired the last shot in anger for a New Zealand Ship up until the 
present time.

From the time of their service during the confrontation they worked closely with ships of the RAN 16th MSS and it was 
wonderful to have some of their crews attend our dedication in Canberra in March, when I decided that I would go to New Zealand to attend their dedication service in July I was happy to be able to represent the RAN 16th Minesweeping Squadron.

From the moment I arrived in Auckland I was made to feel very welcome and was invited to participate in the formal service on Sunday by sharing the reading of the Scripture Lessons with the RNZN Chief of Navy: Rear 
Admiral David Ledson ONZM.

A huge amount of planning had gone into the whole event with the dinner on Saturday being attended by many 
Veterans from the sweeper days, His Excellency, The Malaysian Commissioner who presented the PJM to some of the Veterans,( I did notice that the case the Kiwi's got their medal in was bigger than ours! ),I had the opportunity to make a speech and expressed the hope to them that their dedication service gave them the same feeling of closure that many of our Veterans felt after our service in Canberra.

On behalf of the Mayor of Ipswich, Cr Paul Pisasale, who is a great supporter of our Naval Sub-Section, I presented to Admiral Ledson the book HMAS Ipswich, standing with us was the Malaysian High Commissioner, who, with every Veteran there received an Ipswich Heritage Pin, ( My friends know how I hate the media! ), 
Gerry signed and gave me a copy of his book "A Kiwi on our funnel" for our Mayor.

After the service on Sunday I was taken in tow by Gavin and his wife Pat along with their son who is a Lt in the RNZN for a cooks tour of the Naval Base and to some of the highlights of Auckland, a very hectic two days but a time that I am glad I was able to do and proud to have represented the Royal Australian Navy 16th Minesweeping Squadron.

Allan T Jones


Allen Jones giving the address

Prinicple Naval Chaplain Wayne Toleafoa, Lydsey Roberts,(HMNZS Santon -Cox) Bill New, (HMZNS Hickleton REM) Gerry Wright, (Reunion Cordinator) Geoff kelly.HMZNS Mull of KIntyre Tech) 

Chaplain Wayne Toleafoa and Gerry Wright

Allan T Jones and Navy Friend

Base chapel  and Conference Centre

RNZNS Tamaki bell

Leander Class Propellor - Canterbury Waikato, Wellington, Southland, Outside the engineering school


All Photographs and main body text courtesy of 
The Estate of the Late Allan T Jones © and must not be reused 
without express permission. 
With grateful thanks to Gerry Wright for help with photograph identification.


HNZNS Philomel

New Entry school parade ground - GIs still exist !

HMZNS Canterbury - paid off but awaiting disposal. The last RNZN steamship

Original Anchor from Cruiser Philomel

HMNZS Philomel

Quarter Deck - New Entry School