Other Association and Common Interest Notices
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Life Support Electricity Rebate

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7:30 Report 1999 - MELBOURNE/EVANS collision incident

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Inquiry re posting expression of interest for Doctoral Research participation in anger management

Dear Member
Following is a letter the DFWA has received regarding expressions of interest for Doctoral Research participation into managing anger difficulties. I recommend it to you as this research might ultimately benefit serving and former ADF members. If you are a current serving member or veteran in the Sydney Metropolitan Area and are interested in participating in this PAID combined interview/questionnaire study, Carmens's contact details are below:

Dear Sir/Madam

My name is Carmen Germain, a psychologist and Doctor of Clinical Psychology candidate, at the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University. I am currently conducting research into anger difficulties experienced by people who have gone through a traumatic life experience. I am keen to include the experiences of current serving members and veterans.

As you would understand, anger is a common emotional response to trauma. It is well-recognised that particularly for veterans of combat and peacekeeping missions, difficulties managing anger can have a devastating effect on their person’s personal relationships, their capacity to fulfill roles at work, may lead to other emotional difficulties such as depression and anxiety, and can affect their physical health. Furthermore, research has found that experiencing high levels of anger may actually interfere with a person’s recovery from a traumatic experience. Ultimately I hope that this study will help us understand how current approaches to anger treatment may be enhanced to achieve better outcomes, particularly for those who have experienced military service-related trauma.



I am seeking opportunities to promote my research to current-serving members and veterans in the Sydney Metropolitan Area who may be interested in participating. To provide an overview, it is a PAID combined interview/questionnaire study which involves 2 parts:

1. - A face-to-face session (approximately 1 hour) in which participants will complete a series of questionnaires about their emotional well-being and coping styles, participate in a memory recall task about an recent anger-provoking event, and complete an attention exercise; and

2. - A 10 minute phone interview the following day.

Please note, at no time will participants be asked to talk about traumatic experiences from their military service. Participation is completely anonymous and confidential, and all ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee (Ref: 5201100755).

Thank you very much for taking the time to consider this inquiry. Please do not hesitate to contact me via carmen.germain@students.mq.edu.au, or on 0432 020 669 if you or any interested persons would like further information about the study. Kind regards and my sincere thanks, Carmen Germain .



History of the RAN

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MELBOURNE - USS FRANK E EVANS incident June 69

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Navy Victorian Network Newsletter

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Explore the manner in which the issues of the Defence Force Family will be addressed into the 21st Century

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EX RANRU Players and Officials Database

Hi All,

Hope this finds you all fit and well. First I would like to say thanks to all those guy's who came out and supported the Chops and Blocka (Old Salts v Army Old Boy's) game at the Rugby National's game last month and put their bodies on the line once again for the Corse. It was a great day had by all and a special thanks to Dan Carter for putting the team together.

In other business RANRU are putting together a list of Ex RANRU representatives to try and stay in touch and let you know of events they would like you may like to get involved with.

To be classed as and Ex RANRU player or official you need to have either played for RANRU at the national level or officiated at the same level (coach or manager etc). This is not trying to put down the efforts of all those who have played in ships teams or put those team together over the years, it is just trying to recognise those that have represented at the highest level.

I have attached a form for you to fill in to register as an Ex RANRU representative and if you could forward this to your own contact list asking them to do the same and return the form to me, we should be able to get a good response.

I thankyou in advance for getting involved and look forward to catching up with you all at some stage.

More to come later.

Best regards,
CPO John Oakes
Adviser - Asbestos
Health Safety Advisory Service
Defence Centre for Occupational Health
Phone: 02 6127 2146
Mobile: 0457 537 164
E-mail: john.oakes@defence.gov.au
Home email: oakesj@live.com


RESTORE TRAVEL ALLOWANCE FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL

This petition was sent to me from one of my daughters who is a currently serving member!!
We are a fairly close family and it has been great over the years to have our (5) children serving in the Navy to get home at least once a year if they are/were in the country. Now that 3 of them are out of the Defence Force, they still make an effort to get home at least once every year or two at Christmas and this may be because they could get the warrant they needed to come home when they were younger and the family bond stayed strong.

It has always been part of the joining package that one could get a warrant home once a year and I believe the taking away will lead to a decline in recruiting and also an exodus of personnel who are already serving, especially couples who live apart so that their children can have a stable schooling etc, and young persons who usually return home for leave at least for the first couple of years or until they find a partner!!! They say family is where the heart is……………

I urge you to think kindly and add your name to this petition.

Regards

Clare

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COMBINED DDG REUNION

Hello and good morning all

Please feel free to pass around to DDG boys

A blog on the USS Charles F Adams at this link should you wish to have a read. www.navyhistory.org/2012/06/ex-uss-charles-f-adams-to-jacksonville/
When Charley Deuce arrives in Jacksonville a three nation DDG Reunion will take place, expected to be 2013

Cheers

Richard


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VENDETTA VETERANS ASSOCIATION

The Vendetta Veterans' Association
(Qld Division)

The next luncheon/meeting of the Association

will be held on

Sunday - 9th September, 2012

at the home of

Tim and Val Wall

3 Binganah Street, Slacks Creek

commencing at 11.00am

Cost - only $5.00 per person

BYO drinks and chairs

ALL WELCOME

For catering purposes please

RSVP before 3rd September, 2012

Phone: 0428.881.702, 0417.700.531

or send an email to:

MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au


TINGIRA ASSOCIATION


Hello fellow ex Junior Recruits

The purpose of this email is to advise the latest edition of the Voice Pipe is now up on the website.

Go the home page www.tingira.org and click on the Voice Pipe photograph on the lower right hand side of the page to be down load the pdf. The rest of the site is worth a look if you haven’t been there for a while.

You will also notice there are some of the “Tinny Boys” photographs located on a special page for them.

You will also notice that we are nearing the end of the extended time for you to join as a Foundation Member or to upgrade from a Member to a Foundation Member.

Thank you
Cheers
Alan Rodgers


ALL SHIPS REUNION

In Mandurah 2-4 November 2012 contact Rhonda Birch 0895347504


TINGIRA ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION MEMBERS

Hi All ex Junior Recruits

a. Please see the attachment with reference the closing date of Foundation Members for the Tingira Association – we extended until the application time to end of June

b. Those members who are currently a Member only, can upgrade to a Foundation Member by paying the additional $180.00 to cover the full membership fee –
upgrade by using the membership application form on the website - www.tingira.org/Membership.html

c Those of you who have not taken the advantage to join the association - Membership application form can be completed on the website www.tingira.org
or go to the Membership page www.tingira.org/Membership.html - “Click” on the Membership Application form and you have almost completed the task complete
the form and “press Send” and the application will be received by both the Treasurer and the Secretary

d Alternatively you can down load the form and post it to the Secretary c/- Tingira Association – RSL House 245 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000

e. Please remember to advise the owner of the funds if you transfer electronically


Thank you and thanks to all those who have taken up the opportunity to join as a Foundation Member already and to those who take up the offer of upgrading

Kind regards


Naval History

Naval-History.Net has researched and published original data for 14 years. In the case of World War 2, this includes Admiralty War Diaries and Action Reports.
The War Diaries from August 1939 to March 1942 are combined with other primary sources into a day-by-day account. The period April 1942 into 1946 is covered by a growing number of War Diaries ranging from the Home and Mediterranean Fleets to the British Pacific Fleet. All can be found at www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-3900Intro.htm

These include all Dominion, United States and Allied Navy ships operating with the Royal Navy.

The Diaries make fascinating reading in their own right. They also provide detailed movements of hundreds of ships and the men who sailed in them.

To research ships and men, you can also use the search box in the top lefthand side of www.naval-history.net.


If you have already received this email or it has come to you by mistake, please accept my apologies.
Gordon Smith MBA CEng
Naval-History.Net
17 Norris Close, Penarth,
Vale of Glamorgan CF64 2QW, UK
Tel: 029-20636953 or 07590070038



Vietnam War Information Site

I am passing this along because it is probably the best search list ever compiled about the Vietnam War. It would take months to look at everything this site offers. Somebody went to a lot of effort on this site... It's one of the most complete that I've seen to date... Feel free to pass it along to anyone you think might be interested... If you have children or grand-children studying the war this is a great resource.

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VETERANS RETREATS

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DUCHESS REUNION

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:20:14 +1100
Subject:
From: d154shipsoffice@gmail.com

Hi shipmates,
I just thought I would pass on news of whats been happening over the last couple of months. Now that the group email is working, I know most of you wouldn't have heard a peep out of either me or the reunion organisers for a while, and to bring the newcomers up to speed, along with a welcome and thanks for giving me the necessary information for the contact list.

First off, some stats.
We now have 265 shipmates contactable by email, and response to a mail out I did a couple of weeks ago continues to happen, so the end of the month could see the numbers climbing toward 300.
Technology has been shunned by 28 mates, so they have postal only access to news. There were others, but thankfully family members have stepped up and are acting as email boxes for them.
We have 55 crew still on the lost souls list. There were a lot of other names, but that's all I had, names, so I deleted them off the list as impossible to trace.
Unfortunately, our number of deceased has increased, lest we forget, and is now 20.

Duchess Reunion news.
Spotty and Ed have tentatively proposed a date and venue for next year. The 20th, 21st and 22nd September, 2013 look good, and the venue/s are Navy Club Port Adelaide for the meet and greet, and the Stamford Grand Hotel Glenelg for the Dinner. These are proposed details at this stage, and will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Spotty sent the following accommodation advisory:
"Besides the Stanford Grand where we are holding our dinner there are several other accommodation styles in the area.
www.stanford.com.au/sga;
www.atlantictowermotorinn.com; about a 1k walk from the Grand used to have a revolting restaurant on the top.
www.anzacmotorinn.com.au; a further 1k up Anzac Highway, no walkies.
www.internationalmotel.com; similar to above, not a bad unit.
www.buffalomotorinn.com.au; a little further than Atlantic.
www.taftmotorinn.com.au; closer to Grand, but don’t know much about it.
Then for the Grey Nomads, we have the Adelaide Shores Caravan Park.
www.adelaideshores.com.au; they have caravan sites, camping sites and cabins.
Adjacent West Beach and Golf Courses and Bus access to Glenelg and City
Associated with the Big4 group."
The proposal from Adelaide Shores is as follows
"I am pleased to advise we currently have the following cabins available and plenty of powered and ensuite caravan sites are also available. Current Per night rates for 2 people are:
Deluxe cabins - $189-$203
Tourist cabins (mix of 4 & 5 berth) $149
Some Budget & Standard cabins also available for the Friday & Saturday nights only.
Powered Sites - $40
Ensuite Powered Sites -$49
Extra guests $20 per adult (16yrs+) per night and $15.00 per child (2-15 yrs) per night.
I will have to get back to you regarding:
If we can honour current rates for stays next year
Tour Company Info & Contacts/ tours available etc.
Please let me know when you have sent this information out to your delegates and I will ensure our reservation team is aware.
General Reservations number for the Caravan Park is 1800 444 567. Please ask guests to mention HMAS Duchess Reunion."
It's unlikely that Duchess Crewmembers Association will be involved in booking accommodation, bit we're all big boys now, so you should be able to book your own.
Further info will be passed on as it comes to hand

The Duchess user group.
For those who were lost and now are found, and new members to our group, there is a group available for dumping general non-Duchess information, It is hmas_duchess@googlegroups.com. Currently 60 mates have joined the group, so if you wish to be part of that, email me and I will send you an invitation. You cannot post or receive emails without joining the group by invitation. A few old friendships have been rekindled on the group, so it's worth a look at, and if it proves not to suit you, an email to me will take you out of the group. It doesn't get heavily used, so your mailbox won't get overfull with it.

The Duchess contact list.
I maintain this list, and seeking out mates is as easy as asking. I will send your details to them, and if they have recovered from the last run ashore you did together, they will contact you. I will not pass on others addresses to you, for your privacy and theirs. If you are aware of any past crew not on the list, and you have contact details for them, even if a bit sparse, pass them on to me, or contact them yourself and give them our details. Not just names only please. I can't do anything with them.

Contact Details.
Hon Secretary: Bruce "Bowie" Bowmaker
Email; d154shipsoffice@gmail.com
Snail Mail; 28/17-21 Meryll Ave., Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153
Phone: 02 96392974 (After hours) 04 14284997 (Waking hours)
Reunion Admin 1; Rod "Spotty" Spotswood.
Email; spotty.66@optusnet.com.au
Snail mail; 535 Henley Beach Rd FULHAM SA 5024
Phone; 0418855955
Reunion Admin 2; Ed "Skoobs" Skubala
Email; retail@picknowl.com.au
Snail Mail; 21 Lydia Ave SURREY DOWNS SA 5126
Phone; 04 08830514

OK, I think that just about covers things for now. I will send a nominal list of members for your information, names and state of residence, later in the month, if I get time to do it. Else it will be next month
Cheers,
Bowie


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DEFENCE WIDOWS SUPPORT GROUP LETTER

DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL

2011 marked the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the Defence Widows Support Group in the ACT. To celebrate we decided to collect the stories of the wives, partners and widows of ex-service personnel and we are seeking contributions. Stories can be as short as one paragraph or as long as 1000 words, they can be funny, sad, interesting or simply factual. You can type, handwrite, email or post it, or you can let us know if you would like to have your story recorded orally.

Just remember that it is the story that we are interested in and not how you write it.

If changes need to be made for publication, a volunteer editor will suggest changes and return the edited version to you for approval. You can indicate if you wish to be anonymous. We hope all material collected will be deposited in an institution such as the National Library for future research into this aspect of social history which, we believe, has been sadly neglected.

We are also accepting stories written by husbands and other family members, provided they are about the domestic side of military life.
The deadline for stories to be considered for publication is ANZAC Day, 2012.

Here is a short story to which many of you can relate to, I’m sure.

During the late 1960’s, a posting to a large Naval Training establishment in Southern Victoria came with a very nice older-style brick “marked” house within the married quarters. My husband was told that, according to his rank, we were entitled to have carpet covering only two thirds of the floors in the bedroom and the living area. This left a strip of bare boards around the carpeted area,in those days a bit of a nuisance to polish and keep clean. My husband’s request to have our one third of bare board under the beds and the lounge suite was treated with less than sympathy.
For more information or to send a story (or stories) please contact:

Annette Sadler – dwsg-act@dwfa.org.au Phone 02 6247 8458 or 0417 674 527

Postal: PO Box 2272, Canberra, ACT, 2601

Please provide your full name, email address and/or postal address so that we can contact you.

SOME IDEAS TO GET YOU THINKING

How I met my Husband/Partner
First impressions of Military Life
Life in a Married Quarter
Support offered by others
Coping on overseas postings
Having Servants
How your Husband/Partner’s career affected you.
When Husbands/Partners are away
Coping with a traumatic event. (eg Cyclone Tracey etc)
Removals
When your husband/Partner was at war.
Making ends meet.
When both Partners were serving
Entertaining/Entertainment
The Kids
Domestic side of a significant event
Communication before e-mails and mobiles
When Husbands/Partners returned changed by the experience of their Service.
The Female Network
Making do in a Temporary Home
Dealing with hostility in the general community




RAN - 100 YEARS


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SCRAP IRON FLOTILLA LUNCHEON

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RANCBA REUNION EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Tribute to Aussie Submariners

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NAA Newsletter - Articles about LEEUWIN ans the LEEUWIN Memorial

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THE FAIRMILE ASSOCIATION

FAIRMILE CLASS PATROL BOATS AND KIN SHIPS: A BRIEF HISTORY.

The Fairmiles of the Second World War were the RAN’s first purpose built patrol boats. During this period of hostilities the range and scope of the operations of the wooden construction Fairmiles and their kin ships, Harbour Defence Motor Launches and Air Sea Rescue boats was both numerous, geographically great and diverse.. Known by number and not by name, the fast and manoeuvrable Fairmiles, named after their design establishment, were well armed and served all across the southern Pacific and adjacent waters and in the North Sea, the English Channel. the Mediterranean, around Burma, Canada and on both coasts of Africa.

Fairmiles take their name from the Fairmile Marine Company of Cobham, Surrey which was established behind his cottage by Albert Noel Campbell (later Sir Albert) Macklin who had served in the First World War in the British Army and then the RNVR in small vessels on the Dover Patrol. Anticipating the need for such vessels in the event of war, in the late 1930s he devised a system for the construction of small wooden ships by which parts of vessels were fabricated at sawmills and furniture factories and such like and the assembly completed at small boatyards and yacht builders, thus relieving the pressure on conventional ship builders. He took this concept to the Admiralty in 1939 with a design for a 110 foot hard chine petrol motor powered vessel. While his concept was agreed, and it flourished greatly, his "A” class Fairmile design proved to be not particularly useful and a redesign was taken in hand by Mr W J Holt, Naval Architect and Chief Constructor at the Admiralty.

His design became the highly successful “B” Class Fairmile, of which about 630 were built, or assembled, in 43 British boatyards and in twelve other countries .The Fairmile Company co-ordinated everything from preparing the drawings, placing orders for components with many small manufactories and arranging delivery of these to the many boat assembly enterprises..The first Fairmile was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1940, and eventually they were used in a much greater number of operations than their initially envisaged anti-submarine role. Their varied service in the near Atlantic, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Mediterranean, including commando raids on Europe highlighted the value of such vessels to the RAN. In early 1942 the Australian Government decided to build Fairmiles in Australia and in November 1942 the first, ML 813, built by Halvorsens on the Parramatta River was commissioned into the RAN and it was the first of 35 to be built in Australia. Twenty of these were built by Concrete Constructions Ltd and eleven by Lars Halvorsen Sons Pty Ltd, both on the Parramatta River, Sydney, and four by Norman Wright and Sons at Bulimba, on the Brisbane River.

The Fairmile “B” class had a round bilge hull, was 112 feet long with a beam of 18 feet, weighed 90 tons full load and had a draught of six feet. Powered by twin US built Hall Scott “Defender” 630 horsepower aviation gasoline fuelled engines, with 2500 gallons of fuel they had a range of 1500 nautical miles at 12 knots and a top speed of 20 knots. The Admiralty arranged for the RN and the Commonwealth navies to have the entire production of this engine from the Hall Scott Company throughout the war, under the terms of the Lend- Lease Agreement.

The armament on Fairmiles varied during the war. The original armament was a Rolls Royce single shot two pounder gun forward, two bridge mounted Vickers machine guns with a third amidships, an Oerlikon 20 mm anti-aircraft gun aft and eighteen depth charges, As the war continued the Rolls Royce was replaced by the far more suitable magazine fed Bofors 40mm gun, the midships Vickers by a second Oerlikon and the bridge guns by twin Vickers gas operated air cooled aircraft type machine guns. Most Fairmiles operating around Papua New Guinea equipped themselves with numerous “unofficial” 50 calibre Browning heavy machine guns from wrecked US aircraft with plentiful ammunition available from US Navy and Air Force sources. This increase in armament, every gun being an automatic, gave the boats a very considerable amount of firepower and practically everyone on board had done a gunnery course, official or unofficial. During Action Stations in the writer’s boat, from a crew of seventeen, the only persons not on guns were the CO and the helmsman on the bridge and two men in the engine room.

Living conditions on board were spartan, as most of the hull space was taken up by engines, fuel tanks and magazines. The three officers shared a small wardroom aft, the Petty Officer Motor Mechanic and the Leading Seaman Coxswain shared a tiny cabin and the 12 other ratings had to share a small mess deck for their eating, sleeping and off watch living. There was no cook and cooking was done, largely unwillingly, on a dreadful and inflammable kerosene operated four burner Primus kerosene stove. There were no showers and only three hand-pumped toilets In recognition of the difficult living conditions crews were paid a modest “hard lying allowance” of one shilling per day and whomever could be cajoled into doing the cooking was paid an additional shilling per day for “heat stress”. The concentration of so much avgas and ammunition in a wooden boat always made crewing on board a Fairmile a hazardous occupation.


The Harbour Defence Motor Launches were designed by the Admiralty just before World War 11, originally for protecting shipping in harbours and for patrolling estuaries and shallow coastal waters, but in the event they performed nearly every type of inshore marine operations except patrol harbours. They proved to be as versatile in their role as were the Fairmiles in theirs. 28 HDMLs were commissioned into the RAN; three came from Britain, sixteen from USA and nine were built in conventional boatyards in Australia, in Hobart, Launceston and Birkenhead, South Australia. The Australian built boats were eighty footers and the others seventy two footers. They were diesel powered with a range of 2000 nautical miles at 10 knots. The British and Australian built boats were fitted with an antiquated, (1890s) Hotchkiss single shot low angle three pounder gun forward, an Oerlikon amidships, twin Vickers either side of the bridge and some depth charges.
The US built boats had twin 50 calibre water cooled Brownings forward in lieu of the Hotchkiss and an Oerlikon amidships. This armament largely remained unchanged throughout their wartime life. The nine Australian built boats had a very long post war naval service. HDMLs had a crew of two officers and nine ratings, living in accommodation even more cramped than that of the Fairmiles.

The early air sea rescue boats were mainly requestioned civilian craft or Naval Auxiliary Patrol vessels but in 1944 the RAN ordered twenty 63 foot “Miami” class rescue boats from USA and these were delivered to Sydney in July 1944. They were of wooden construction with twin Hall Scott 630 HP petrol engines giving a top speed of 31.5 knots. They were armed with twin 50 calibre Brownings either side of the bridge but their role was defensive rather than offensive. The crew comprised one officer, usually a Sub Lieutenant and six or seven ratings. One peculiarity was that some had two RAAF air crew Wireless Air Gunners as part of the complement. Unlike the Fairmiles and HDMLs, each was given a name as well as a pendant number, eg HMAS Air Guide, HMAS Air Faith etc. Being rescue specialised, most were stationed near RAAF forward airfields at Darwin, Horn Island, and in New Guinea, New Britain, Bougainville, and the Netherlands East Indies at Morotai and the Halmaheras.

The wartime services of each class of boat in the RAN varied greatly. A few remained stationed on the east and west coasts of Australia, and several were based at Darwin, on operations to Timor but the majority operated around the Papua New Guinea complex of islands ,and the Solomons, Dutch New Guinea (as it was then known), the Halmaheras and Borneo in the Netherlands East Indies and even the Philippines. HDML 1074 (a72 footer) sailed from Manus Island to Leyte, to carry out inshore hydrographic surveys prior to the landings signalling the return of the US forces to the Philippines. It sailed through a typhoon en route, during which a USN destroyer knocked off part of its bow but carried on, arrived at the beaches and performed its duties. It was commanded by Hydrographic Service Lieutenant Stan Robertson RAN who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for its gallant achievements. It may have been the smallest vessel to have been commanded by a Permanent Service officer of the RAN.

The Fairmiles and HDMLs performed convoy escort work, patrolled enemy waters, bombarded enemy camps and installations, covered Army landings, carried out hydrographic surveys and many other operations in support of the Allied campaigns in the islands. A few had silenced engines and were engaged in covert operations with Allied Intelligence Bureau units such as “Z” Special Force and the Far Eastern Liaison Office, being used to land and recover commandos and coast watchers in enemy territory. With their heavy automatic armament they were highly effective in the gunboat role in supporting Army operations in New Guinea, New Britain and the Solomons.
Two Fairmiles were lost in operations during the war and most of the rest saw very hard service and by the end of the war were quite worn. The RAN’s Fairmiles, HDMLs and ASRs were to be found anywhere and everywhere in the southern Pacific and adjacent seas during the war. On the West Coast of Australia, MLs 812, 824 and 826 and HDMLs 1340 and 1352 were deployed from the East Coast to Fremantle and ML 815, after an eventful period on Darwin-Timor operations, sailed to Fremantle for a refit and remained in operations around Western Australia.

The Fairmile Association is an Australian Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) whose members served in the Fairmile class, Harbour Defence Motor Launches and Air Sea Rescue boats and similar vessels in all of the theatres of operations where RN, RAN and other Commonwealth navies operated. It has members in all States and the ACT and has produced and published two volumes of “Fairmile Ships of the RAN”, a history and narrative of their operations .The Association, following an initiative of the Australian War Memorial has designed a Commemorative Plaque, which is cast in bronze. Plaques have been laid up in Dedication Ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne the Ship Memorial Precinct at Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney, at the Naval Memorial Park in Ulverstone, Tasmania and in the Navy Club in Fremantle, Western Australia. To complete this programme, a similar plaque will be laid up at a Dedication Ceremony at the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane, Queensland in early 2012.

Each August the Association holds its Annual Church Service in the historic Naval Chapel at Garden Island Sydney and follows this on the next day with its Annual General Meeting and Luncheon at the NSW Parliament House. The Association has a newsletter “Dits and Dahs” (a Morse Code term) which is produced and distributed quarterly.

With the exception of Lieutenant Stan Robertson DSC RAN, all of the officers of the RAN’s Fairmiles and their kin ships held wartime commissions, either in the RANR or the RANVR. Some of these “Hostilities Only” officers were offered permanent commissions in the RAN following the end of the war. One is known to have reached the rank of Captain and another to that of Commodore.


RHJ Thompson
Honorary Secretary
November 2011



The RAN in Malaya, Malaysia and Singapore 1948 1971
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HMAS LEEUWIN BOOK

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ROGUES YARN

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