Parramatta Hoist 'Port Yankee'
Can we ask around for this please - Any clue as to these flags/meanings?
The hoist appears to be 'Port Yankee'. I have no idea what it represents. Perhaps it is a marker for a ship coming alongside.
Fm Royce Bell:
Fm Ray Powell:
Fm Royce Bell:
And then a follow up email from Royce:
If anyone is interested in the links to MTP1 & 2 here they are:
Ray Davis has shared a video!
Hi mate, have you seen this before - can it be posted on the website?
Ray [Davo] Davis
Thanks Ray, early 60's on the Flagship - a few recognisable Signalmen. (Harry James, Kevin Duffy, Greg Fullerton, Shorty, Blue Kavanagh, CCY Yogi Barker.) Thanks to Barry Appleby for the names. Don't be put off by the time display, it only runs for about 10 minutes!
Here is a photo of some signalmen you might know and would like to share on the web.
And there never was a finer looking bunch of Signalmen!
Steve Bridge Jacinda Sharp Frank Lawton
John Neilson Glenn Gilford Reg Robbins Rod McLaurin Terry Frankland Bruce Willoughby Barry Sherriff
Grant Gale Mick Delaney Ian Schubert Greg Palmer Ian Sturtevant
Geoff Wasley Owen Perkins Phil Roy Peter Bird Nev Kruck Geoff Hickling David Kerr Graeme Stout
Peter Durran Gary Swanton Barry Kane Wayne Graham Rod Withers Ray Powell Kel Nagle Mick Burton
Graham Linton & Co
Hi John, I am currently having a big clean out pending down sizing towards the end of this year and amongst my photo's I came across this one of the late Graham (bear) Linton, myself (Geoff Worth) Steve (Loupy) Guerin and Ray Meaker that was taken around about 1970 I would think. Maybe this can go into QSO.
All Serving & Ex Serving Communicators.
The following Services and Reunion will be held on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2014 - Sydney.
Wreath Laying Service.
This will be held at the Cenotaph, Martin Place at 0740am . A serving sailor, LS CIS Cindi Correa will be our Wreath Layer. For all those wishing to participate, please be at the southern end of Martin Place, cnr of Pitt Street at 0730am so that we can "march on" at our given time.
After this Service, most normally go to the Combined Services Club, in Barrack Street, off George Street at Martin Place and partake of a breakfast at a very reasonable cost or other refreshments.
The RANCBA will be participating in the ANZAC Day March and our "fall in" area is in Castlereagh Street south. We will be setting off later than in previous years, but if you could be there by 0900am. Our Banner will be displayed so that all should have no problem locating us. If you do have a problem finding us, there will be RSL March Marshalls who will direct you to our area.
There will be two eyes right during the March.
First, when passing the Cenotaph.
Second. When we enter George Street on the right hand side there will be seating arranged for former Veterans who are unable to March.
For those in civilian attire and wearing caps/hats, at the order "eyes right" , please remove head gear and place over the right breast on both occasions., and on the order, "eyes front", replace. ..
Now, the RSL has asked, when we come to the finish, and the order, turning right, dismiss, please leave the roadway to allow following contingents to finish their march.
Once again, the Reunion will be held at the Royal Exhibition Hotel, and we have the exclusive use of the 2nd floor. Please come along and also partners, and families are very welcome. Renew and make new friendships. Royal Exbibition Hotel is on the cnr of Chalmers & Devonshire Streets, opposite Central Station (suburban trains entrance) and very close to Eddy Avenue for buses etc.
Smart dress for both male & female. Full Medals where applicable.
Also our Patron, Rear Admiral Tony Horton AO RAN Rtd, will be the March Leader for Post WW II Navy Contingents, so it would be nice for a big turn out. Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd will be the March Leader for WW II Navy Contingents
Allan 'Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW
Vale John Stephen Saywell OAM - R31203 (ex TEL)
Sandy McNab sends:
This gentleman John Saywell was the chap who was able to point me in the right direction in chasing down some of the missing names with that mystery WWII 1942 recruit class photo of Telegraphists. John completed a Sig School W Class and then reverted / transferred to an Electrical career in the Navy, and through his Association still had a couple of the mystery lads on his books. We have a couple of pages write up from him on the QSO Forum
Advice of John's passing came from John Bolton:
From the Archives:
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt BOTA
I SHALL BE OFF THE AIR (BOTA)
Subject: Plaque Dedication & Battle of the Java & Coral Sea
This unique Service which is available to all ex RAN personnel, both male and female, regardless of Rank or Rate was held at the Chapel, Garden Island on Sunday 9th March 2014. It was Officiated by Chaplain Anthony Crook RANR and once again ably assisted by LS Lindsay Russell. The numbers were slightly down on the previous Service but in the vicinity of 80 in attendance in the congregation for the 12 Plaques to be Dedicated.
The first one was for Petty Officer William Aylott lost onboard HMAS Sydney with the engagement with the German Raider Kormoran . A speech was given by his son Ex L/Sig Bill "Salty" Aylott who many would have known or served with him. He had also been a previous stalwart person on the NSW Chapter till he decided to move to Queensland !!!! .
Another one was for Commander Archibald McLachlan MBE who was the OIC, HMAS Harman during WW II and was greatly admired for his helping of the first females into the RAN on 25th April 1941. This speech was given by his daughter Mary Snell from Brisbane.
There were many more and as previously stated, some of the speeches of these people should be recorded. Two Australian Naval Cadets, from TS Sirius, Read the Naval Psalm, (Psalm 107 , 23-31) and then the Reciting of the Naval Ode and the Ode. They were both a credit to their Unit.
My only regret is that when some Plaques are Dedicated, no one from the family/relative have advised they would speak on that person. I am sure that if the Chaplain was to ask if anyone in the Congregation would like to say a few words, they would no doubt have some one putting their hand up as they may have served with that person. This would have been the case of the late Lieutenant Ces Wiliams OAM, as there were a few who have served with this person.
It was a good Service and once again the FNSA and RANCBA put on morning tea on completion. This included ex Communicators, Sharon Mundy, Liz Watts, Diana Avent, Helen Moffatt and the Secretary of the FNSA Mary Bell, all showing their MKR expertise.
Communicators in attendance, Ray & Sharon Mundy, Andy & Jan Mills, Bill & Val Aylott, Ken & June Swain, Don Ferguson, Diana Avent, our Patron RADM Tony & Margaret Horton, Dave & Di Kelleher, Shorty & Helen Moffatt.
FNSA Philip & Mary Bell, Bob Auston.
Note. The late Les Church has attended several of these Services and it was one of his final wishes that a Plaque be Dedicated in the Chapel in his name . As Les was a very stalwart Member of the RANCBA, it will be a privilege to arrange this.
BATTLE of the JAVA SEA & CORAL SEA MEMORIAL SERVICE.
A combined Service and this was also a inaugural Service which took place at the Cenotaph, Martin Place on Friday 21st March. Due to a couple of factors and the age now of Veterans of both these battles, the FNSA was asked if they would be able to assist and take it over. After a small discussion we advised that we would and a Committee was elected. This being Chairman Allan "Shorty" Moffatt, Secretary, Ken Swain, Treasurer Rosemary Stockley, Committee Jan Cunningham, Didi Von Wiederhold. Both Jan and Didi had been involved for some 30 years and after giving such sterling service to both Associations, they decided it was time to ask someone else to take over but they would stay on as Committee persons and give/help/assistance where ever required..
The Service commenced at 11.00am and was Officiated by Chaplain Russell Smith RAN, and the duty of the MC by CMDR Ken Swain AM RAN Rtd. Catafalque Party was provided by personnel from HMAS Waterhen, and music by the Sydney Detachment of the RAN Band under the Bandmaster, Lieutenant Stephen Stanke RAN. Full credit must also go to CPO Stuart Dollimore, Ceremonial from HMAS Kuttabul.
Here, accompanied by Ms Rosemary Stockley we both had the very great privilege of meeting and escorting Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and Sir Nicholas Shehaddie on their arrival at Martin Place.
History. Java Sea . This was a decisive naval battle of the Pacific campaign of WWII and here Allied navies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hand of the Imperial Japanese Navy on 27th February 1942 and in secondary actions over successive days . This battle was the largest surface ship engagement since the Battle of Jutland in 1916
Here the RAN lost the cruiser HMAS Perth and the sloop HMAS Yarra.
History - Coral Sea . Fought during the 4 - 8 May 1942 was a major naval battle in the Pacific theatre of WW II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States of America and Australia . The battle was the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon each other. Here HMAS Australia and HMAS Hobart were part of Task Group 17.3 under the Command of RADM J. G Grace RN.
It was a very full Service with the Commemoration given by Chaplain Smith to be followed by the Address by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW. This was then followed by the Wreath Laying by Official Guests, Ships Association and friends. It included Her Excellency the Governor of NSW, RADM Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN who is Patron the Java & Coral Sea Commemorative Committee, Mr David Elliott MP , Representing the NSW Premier, Mr. John Robertson MP Leader of the NSW Opposition, Mr David Coleman MP representing the Minsiter for Veterans Affairs, the NSW Police, the Netherlands Consul General , the US Consul General, DVA, RSL State Vice President, Captain Brett Sampson RAN, Brig. Paul Blood ARA, Group Captain Geoff Shambrook RAAF, the British Defence Advisor & Naval Attache, Netherlands Defence Attache, Commander Todd Wilson, Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Mr Bill Ross President HMAS Hobart Assn, Mr. Keith Roberts HMAS Australian Assn , Mr Peter Ashpole Naval Assn NSW, Mr Howard Halsted Corvettes Assn, Mr Dick Thompson Fairmiles Assn, Cmdr John King President HMAS Perth Assn, Mrs Mary Bell Secretary FNSA, , Mr. Ernie Flint US Army small ships Assn, Mr. John Satchwell Royal Marines Assn, Mrs Angie Flint Secretary Combined Services Club, Mrs Joan Evans WRNS, Mrs Rosemary Stockley OAM, President WRANS Naval Womens Assn , and definitely not the last, yours truly Shorty. This is only some and there were many more.
On completion of the Wreath Laying, the Last Post was Sounded, One Minutes Silence, the ODE, and Reveille , followed by the Naval Hymn, the Naval Prayer and Benediction.
Then the National Anthems of Australia, Great Britain , the United States of America and the Netherlands,
The first 3 Anthems were sung by LS MSCN Tracey Kennedy and once again her singing brings people to a halt walking through Martin Place as she is a pleasure to listen to. Then is was the dismounting of the Catafalque Partty and the departure of the Official Guests.
Here I had to escort Her Excellency to meet and speak with Veterans and those of Ships Associations. This included, Mr John Withers OAM Secretary Hobart Assn, Mr Bill Ross Hobart Assn, PO Tony Mills Perth Assn, Mr. Michael Kaye Secretary Perth Assn. to name just a few.
Then it was to her car and here she wished to pass on and thank all those for today and what it means to Australia.
To quote her last words to me , they are three of her most favourite 'LEST WE FORGET"
I do hope that I have been able to convey how good this first inaugural Commemoration Service was, and to all concerned - BZ.
Allan 'Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW &
Chairman Battle of the Java & Coral Sea Committee
Vale Les Church R52375 (ex LTO)
Following sad news just received…..Keghead
Service for Les Friday 28th March 2014:
Service for the late ex L/Signalman Les Church 28th March 2014
Fm Tony (Tackers) Miles:
Was very saddened to hear of the passing of Les Church. We did the same sigs course in 1958 and commissioned Vampire in 59. That was the only time that I served with Les for when my eyesight went south I changed to a sparker.
I was saddened to hear of Les' passing. My most vivid memory of him is when he, Big Horse, Gazbo O'Keefe and I travelled down to Wollongong (c 1964) for the wedding of AB Max Leonard, who was a shipmate of ours on HMAS Sydney. I remember we all chipped in and bought an electric fry-pan from Red Anchor for a wedding gift. At the reception, after the wedding, Max got into a verbal stoush with his brand-new in-laws and stormed out, bride in one hand and electric fry-pan in the other, closely followed by the four of us. We went to one of the local pubs for some amber refreshment, then all crashed in the room that Max and his bride had previously booked. We knew how to have fun in those days!
Very shocked and saddened to hear about Les Church.
Fm Bogey Knights:
Fm Kev Ruwoldt:
Fm Dave Jeffrey:
Fm Andy Mills:
Fm Keghead Weaver:
Keghead Weaver in Sick Bay
For information. I have been 'off the air' and what's worse 'off the booze' for a month now.
I have been suffering from PANCREATITIS, which is usually caused by 'too much alcohol' (didn't know that was possible) or gall stones. Neither of these scenarios fitted my good self, so my GP, through a process of elimination, deduced it was from the recent change to my medication for COPD. So, medication given to you to 'fix you up' can sometimes have the reverse effect. My blood pressure went down to 60/40, which, according to my GP was at the 'dangerous' level. I am now on the mend (I hope), but according to the 'experts' it's a long road, so here's hoping!
Oh, whilst all this was happening, my P/C 'died' so I was only on SOP's through mobile phone. Back on air again now.
Looking forward to Anzac Day and our Royal visitors.
NEW LOOK PMAC TO TACKLE VETERAN MENTAL HEALTH
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the establishment of a new Prime Ministerial Advisory Council (PMAC) with a renewed focus on veteran mental health.
Senator Ronaldson said that one of the four pillars of the Abbott Government’s plans for Veterans’ Affairs was to tackle mental health challenges facing veterans and their families, especially following the draw down of troops from Afghanistan.
“In reviewing existing consultative arrangements, I have taken the opportunity to evolve PMAC’s role to specifically focus on veteran mental health issues, particularly those relating to former service personnel with service after 1975,” Senator Ronaldson said.
“The Prime Minister and I are delighted that former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane AO, CSM, RAN (Ret’d), will Chair the new PMAC and that he will be supported by Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG, as the Deputy Chair. Mr Ryan Stokes will also be a member of the new PMAC.
“The new PMAC membership will also comprise of experts in mental health matters, representatives of the Australian Defence Force, the veteran community and industry leaders.”
“The Government is determined to prioritise the mental health care of veterans and their families now and into the future. The new PMAC has the Prime Minister’s unequivocal support in ensuring the Government can provide the very best support to veterans and their families facing the challenges of service-related mental illness. We must never stop looking for ways to improve the support we provide to those who have served our nation.”
“The Prime Minister and I welcome the new membership and wish them well in the important task ahead of them,” Senator Ronaldson said.
Senator Ronaldson thanked the outgoing PMAC membership for their invaluable contribution to ex-service matters including enhancing the focus on contemporary veterans and their families; supporting new research into blast injuries and the impact on longer-term health; and ongoing research into the mental health impacts of military service in both combat and training roles.
PMAC was first established in 2008 to advise the Prime Minister and Government on matters affecting the ex-service and defence communities.
Media inquiries: Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546)
Thursday, 13 March 2014 VA016
HARMAN Rugby Union Club
Attached is a 'directive' from 1967 that you may find worthy of a place on the RANCBA website. Note that Ron Reavley is a selector and reserve. At the time, I recall that we had the heaviest front row in the competition. I guess that's what you get when you train on beer.
Tks Nullarbor, some very well known personnel shown in the directive.
NuShip Canberra - VKCN/L02 - Underway this week
An interesting very current page should you wish to provide a link to it from the QSO forum, next update.
I can only assume there may be CIS staff on-board to work-up their Operational systems as well, prior to its final Commissioning into the Fleet.
Reckon it would be an exciting and proud time for all to actually be underway and feel the ship come to life underfoot so to speak.
RANCBA VIC Longcast 2014-2016
Could you please post this in the RANCBA Vic Section on the website - and put a note that this updates the previously notified events and activities that the Victorian Committee have currently scheduled - which I might add are open to all Communicators - with a link to that in the QSO section for us!
Please go to the link above for the Longcast.