Instead of an obituary for RADM David Holthouse, who died earlier this year, the Naval Historical Society reprinted in a recent edition an article he wrote some years ago which is an excellent memoir of his naval career, and is produced below.Read More
By Captain Chris Churcher CSM, RAN
REGRETTABLY I advise of the passing of Commodore Bryan Cleary, RAN (Rtd), who died of a heart attack on Sat 7 Dec 2013. Commodore Cleary joined the Navy as a recruit in 1942 through HMAS Cerberus, but was quickly identified as an officer candidate and by Nov 1942 was a Midshipman in the RANVR.Read More
Staff Officer Centenary of Anzac (Navy)
The last half of 1914 and the first half of 2015 were very busy months for the young RAN and the same period a century on will be filled with Centenary of Anzac (Navy) commemorative activities. These events will remind Australians of those key naval and maritime events in which the RAN took part both in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and in the Dardanelles.Read More
By Captain Peter Hore*
ADMIRAL Sir John ‘Sandy’ Woodward, who has died aged 81, commanded the carrier battle group, Task Force 317.8, during the Falklands War in 1982. In March 1982 Woodward was a rear admiral and as Flag Officer, First Flotilla commanded a group of ships on their spring exercise off Gibraltar. On March 29, as the news from the South Atlantic worsened, Woodward joined the Commander in Chief Fleet, John Fieldhouse in his temporary flagship, the destroyer Glamorgan. That evening, with Captain Mike Barrow, the captain of Glamorgan, they discussed ‘what if’ the Falkland Islands were to be invaded and they were asked to re-take them.