Navy celebrates 190 years on Garden Island

June 14, 2019 – One hundred and ninety years of Navy presence on the unique shores of Garden Island, Western Australia was celebrated recently at HMAS Stirling. The event, which was attended by a number of dignitaries including the Governor of Western Australia, The Hon Kim Beazley AC; previous commanding officers, and serving members and families, took place at the Sir James Stirling Mess, named after the Royal Navy officer who first landed on the island on 7 June 1829. Stirling’s Commanding Officer Captain Ainsley Morthorpe said he was still…

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75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Armidale

On the 75th anniversary of the final action of HMAS Armidale I, the Royal Australian Navy has again paused to mark the loss of 100 servicemen. During evacuation operations in the Second World War, the Bathurst class corvette was sunk in action by Japanese aircraft in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942 with the loss of Australian and Dutch lives. In an extraordinary feat of survival, and despite continuing attacks from the Japanese bombers, 49 men survived for up to eight days at sea before being rescued. Representing the…

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