'QSO the World'
COMMUNICATOR'S FORUM 2012
The aim of this page is to pass on articles of interest to serving & ex-serving Communicators and interested parties. I am sure that many of the names listed below will be familiar to other Communicator shipmates. We are now in direct contact around the globe via the Internet and email, so we are truly “QSO the World”.
This is not an on-line
forum, if you would like something published on this page please
send me an email.
I update regularly and will publish your article (with accompanying photo/s if you wish) as soon as I am able.
Follow this link for previous years QSO.
December 2012 Entries:
Chief of Navy has extended an invitation to over 50 of his foreign
counterparts to send a ship (including tall ships) to participate in an
International Fleet Review to be held in Sydney from 4-11 October 2013.
This review is being held to commemorate the centenary of the first fleet
entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney on 4 October 1913.
of Naval Ships Assns (including the RANCBA) has negotiated with the
Australian Cruise Group for various cruise categories, coffee, lunch &
dinner to give you the greatest coverage of events during the
International Fleet Review at very affordable prices Please note, all
cruise times are subject to official naval confirmation of event start
times. Children prices , Under 4 Free, 5-15 50% discount.
Cruise Group via their website
included a separate page on THEIR website stating “Official Cruises for
Federation of Navy Ships Fleet Review Cruises” or similar. We implore
you to make your booking on this website. Families including Children and
even grand children are welcome. Booking details are at the end of this
CRUISE DETAILS FOR PERIOD 3 – 6 OCT 2013
Thursday 3rd October 2013
Tall Ships Arrival.
Coffee Cruise departing 1000 – 1200 $20.00/$14.00 (Adult/Child)
Lunch Cruise 1200 - 1400 $69.00/$48.00 Incl drinks package.
PM Coffee cruise 1400 - 1600 $20.00/$14.00
The invited Tall Ships from various countries will be arriving throughout the day. It is expected some will anchor in the harbour or berth at Bangaroo (Darling Harbour north) Also (time to be advised) will be the “Battle of the Boats” race by participants of the Australian Surf Rowers League.
Friday 4th October 2013
Fleet Entry (for most of the day)
Coffee Cruise 10.00 – 12.00 $20.00/$14.00 (Adult/Child)
Lunch Cruise 12.00 - 14.00 $69.00/$48.00 Incl drinks package.
Coffee Cruise 14.00 - 16.00 $20.00/$14.00
Ships will depart Jervis Bay PM 3rd Oct. and commence entering Sydney Harbour AM Friday 4th. On this two hour coffee cruise will see the vessels arrive, anchor and or berth at various locations. Gun salutes/piping requirements. During the day, at a time to be advised, there will be a flyover of Civil/Service helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
Saturday 5th October 2013
Official Fleet Review
View the ships in position in readiness for the official Fleet Review by Governor General
Review Lunch Cruise 1030 – 1430 (4 hours) $88.00 incl drinks package. Child 5 -15 $62.00
Enjoy a sumptuous seafood buffet Lunch, including beer wine and soft drinks, prior to the Ceremonial Fleet Review by Her Excellency The Governor General of Australia. Her Excellency will be embarked in HMAS Leeuwin. The day will be “Sydney Harbour Dress Ship” with all ships and the boating and yachting fraternity of Sydney taking part.There will also be a formation fly past by Service fixed and rotary wing aircraft (time to be advised). Departure King Street Wharf only.
Dinner & Fireworks Cruise 1830 – 2100 $76.00 incl drinks package.
Child 5-15 $52.00
Sumptuous seafood buffet incl beer, wine and soft drinks followed by the evening fireworks and lightshow. Fireworks will be choreographed with a lightshow showcasing past and present vessels of the RAN. Departure King Street Wharf only.
Sunday 6th October 2013
Sydney/Emden memorial service.
Coffee Cruise 09.30 - 1130 $20.00/$14.00 2 hours
During the coffee cruise we will position ourselves off Bradleys Head where the Sydney/Emden Memorial Service will be held at the HMAS Sydney Naval memorial (1000-1100). Ships Company from HMAS Sydney IV and the German Navy warship FGS Emden will participate. (subject to confirmation).
On completion of this cruise RANCBA NSW intends to host a FREE BBQ at the end of GI. Our Cruise ship will drop off, those participating at GI, and remainder back to Darling Harbour. When you wish to depart GI you can catch a normal Harbour Ferry (every 30 minutes) back to Circular Quay.
· How to book for your Royal Australian Navy Centenary Fleet Review Programme.
· Click on the link below:
· Select the cruise you wish to join from the menu options “click here to book online now”
· If you have selected a sightseeing cruise or a lunch cruise you will then have an option of selecting a cruise on a particular day, i.e. Tall Ships 3rd Oct or Fleet Entry 4th Oct etc.
· At the bottom of the booking page under CHECK AVAILABILITY you then select the date for the particular cruise you wish to book. If you want multiple cruises over different days you will have to repeat the process for each day.
When booking ensure you include your association after your
surname. We can then ensure that association members all travel together.
· You can pay a deposit or payment in full, those who pay a deposit will receive an email closer to their departure date for full payment.
· On payment a voucher for your cruise will be issued, on the date of travel this voucher is to be exchanged for a boarding pass which will indicate the vessel you will be travelling on.
When booking, ensure you include your Association after your surname i.e.
A Moffatt/RANCBA. This will identify your Assn and ensure you are on the
- children under 4 free, aged 4 - 15 less 30% of listed price. Family,
friends, children and grandchildren welcome BUT MUST be booked by a Naval
Veteran to gain these prices.
Allan”Shorty” Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
HMAS Manoora WW11
Our HMAS Manoora Association is still operating, we meet on ANZAC Day, Christmas in July and AGM in October.
Our President is Les Kennedy OAM, Treasurer is Jack Willson, Vice President Ken Baldwin, Secretary Anne Heath, Committee is Murray Bird, Noel Grant, Graham Robinson, Phillip Thompson, John Wall, Bryan Wearne.
The Committee meet 4 Times per year. We have a mailing list of 58. Our meetings are held at Legacy House, Swanston Street Melbourne. I neglected to mention our book, 'Taken By Storm' of which there are a few copies still available at the bargain price of $15.00 each. An excellent read!
Get Together Brisbane
Some Brisbane Ex Comms at the last monthly “Get Together” for 2012 held on 10th Dec at the Grand Central – Anne Street, Brisbane. We would love to see more “ex Communicators” join us in the New Year on the 14th January from1030 onwards and the first Monday of every month following, commencing at 1030. It’s time for some of you younger blokes to join us and spin us some new “Yarns”.
Photo L to R:- Basil “Baz” Cleary, John “Stinky” Horton, Tony “Tackers” Miles, Jim “The Ham” Anderson, Greg “Pedlar” Palmer, Trevor “Perce” Percival, Jim “Big Bird” Eagles, Kev “Ruwie” Ruwoldt, Bob “Buckethead” Simpson, Gus “COC” Dodds, Noel “Chidge” Chidgey.
good looking gathering - Merry Christmas to you all. Those in
Brisbane should mark 14 Jan in their 2013 diaries.
RANCBA Ship Cruise - March 2014
On behalf of all communicators we are offering the opportunity of joining us for a Ship Cruise to the South Pacific Islands in March 2014. There seems to be a lot of interest for this event. I now have details that I hope you will promote within your own local communicator’s community. If possible we would like to see as wide a distribution as possible for this opportunity, as the more that attend the more discounts that may be on offer.
I am happy to accept expressions of interest at any time and will continue to negotiate with the travel agency on behalf of all those who wish to attend. I have drafted a flyer for inclusion in your local newsletter or for distribution as you consider appropriate.
We appreciate that there may be many questions and am happy to collate those and onforward for resolution for those interested. We are also aware that it is early days for getting the final cost of the cruise and therefore have included in the flyer the cost as promulgated now. We think that the final cost may be cheaper as we get closer to the date. Obviously I cannot guarantee that at this stage.
RANCBA (NSW) Xmas Get Together
On an extremely hot day, ex Communicators started to muster at Parramatta RSL Club about midday on Saturday 01 December for their Xmas Get Together. It was planned to hold this function outside on the verandah, but due to the weather (heat) all agreed to move inside for the air conditioning, and believe it was a very welcome relief.
This certainly didn't dampen the function, and then with a hearty Ho, Ho Ho we were visited by Santa Claus. He just arrived without notice and detailed of two Members to be his helpers. Then asking if all if they had been good in the last year, they were given a goodie bag. He even had bags of lollies for other ladies and children in the Club. We were all told to be very good during the next 12 months and he will visit us again. Then after emptying his bags of goodies, he was away. Who this person is, no one knows.
After being on good behaviour whilst Santa was there, we could now settle down for some good fun, drinks and spinning of yarns
It was a great day and thoroughly enjoyed by all RANCBA Members, plus Members of the RSL Club.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
Frank Hicks sends:
Just though I would send you a copy of a photo taken yesterday at Forster Gardens, Forster, NSW. You might want to post it in the QSO pages of RANCBA.
Jim Berridge was down for a bit of R & R, so the locals got together to talk about old times.
Left to right. Back row: TV 'Doc' Watson, Sonny O'Hara, Michelle Powell, Frank Hicks, Chris Powell, Jim Berridge
Front row: Steve Power and Ray Powell.
As an endnote. Steve Power (ex CRS) is the Manager of Forster Gardens.
Thanks Frank, great photo. Could be the start of a Northern NSW
November 2012 Entries:
Vale Clement Gordon Reedy R38239 (ex Tel)
Fm Garry McCabe:
RANCBA NSW Christmas Party
The NSW Chapter will be holding their Xmas Get Together on the 1st December, commencing from midday till you wish to call it stumps.
The venue will be once again at Parramatta RSL Club, on the verandah overlooking Parramatta Park.
If coming via public transport, the Interchange (Rail & Bus) is about 10 minutes walking to the Club via the Mall. Should you be using your own vehicle, the Club has plenty of undercover and secure parking - (remember to keep you ticket when you enter and it has to be used on the way out).
We usually put in $20 in the kitty for drinks, food can be obtained at the cafe' or bistro but this is at your own choice and cost - all at Club prices.
ALL ARE WELCOME along with partners, girl friends/boy friends etc, so hoping you can make it.
Allan 'Shorty" Moffatt
President RANCBA (NSW)
Remembrance Day Service.
On the 11th November many started to arrive at The Cenotaph, Prince Alfred Park for this Service which was conducted by the Parramatta RSL Sub Branch, (Mr Ron Grace - President and Mr Bryan West Secretary) , with ADF personnel from Recruiting in Parramatta carrying out the duties of Cataflaque Party.
The Service commenced at approximately 10.55am,thereby allowing for the Minutes Silence to be at 11 am. The Last Post was sounded, then at precisely 11am a Minutes Silence. The Ode was recited by the Sub Branch President, followed by The Lament by Mr. Philip Bell from the Parramatta RSL Caledonian Pipe Band, and following The Rouse. Both the Last Post & Rouse was played by a young person, Thomas Pegler. On completion a Welcome Speech was given by Father John Boyle - Chaplain and a Prayer of Thanksgiving.
It was pleasing to see so many school children invited to participate from local schools and they all spoke beautifully. The Commemoration Address was given by LCDR Adrian Lister CSC RAN, and having heard many addresses, his would have been one of the best. He spoke of Australian men & women who had served from WW I through to the last ADF person killed in Afghanistan. Then came the Wreath Laying and this was carried out by many, which included the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, the State Member for Parramatta, a presentative of the Federal Member for Parramatta, the NSW Police LAC, representatives of DVA, Legacy, War Widows, Commander Simon Cannell current Commanding Officer of HMAS PARRAMATTA IV, LCDR Wendy Duffy OIC Australian Defence Force Recruiting, many schools and I was given the privilege to Lay a Wreath to represent the RANCBA on behalf of all Communicators.
Communicators in attendance John Short, Helen and myself.
On completion of this, the National Anthem was sung, followed by the RSL Sub Branch Closing Remark and the Closing Prayer and Benedicition by Father John Boyle. All were then invited by to the Parramatta RSL Club for refreshments.
Vale David Keyser R46614 (ex Tel)
Note the passing of David Osmond Keyser on Thursday 22 November 2012. Oldies may remember David as a Tel, Think he was in ANRE prior to joining DCA about 1960. A memorial celebration will be held at his home in Northam on 29 November, prior to a private cremation. Another Sparker gone to the BWO in the sky.
From the Archives:
David Osmond Keyser, born 17 June 1934, joined RAN 17 June 1952 for
6 years. DEE 16 June 1958. Served in HMAS AUSTRALIA, TARANGAU,
HARMAN, ALBATROSS, KUTTABUL & MELVILLE.
RANCBA ACT Christmas BBQ
As was foreshadowed at the AGM our annual
Christmas barbecue will be held on Sunday 25th November 2012, details as
Ian Hogarth reports that Mike Connor is in Sick Bay
The Angry Ant aka Mike Connor ex Sparker and Civil Aviation has been admitted to the Pallative Care Unit at http://www.nh.org.au/locations/broadmeadows-health-service
When I walked in to visit he had a Crown Larger open on his table and a bottle of scotch in the third draw (Obviously he's not fussed with getting sprung during Rounds)
Whilst he’s not happy with his posting papers I’m sure he wouldn’t mind a word with a few of his shipmates before stepping for the last time.
The Chapel Funeral of Mike Connor will be held at Tobin Brothers Chapel, cnr Brook and Barkly Sts, Sunbury on THURSDAY (Nov. 22, 2012) at 10.00 a.m. A private Burial will follow In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kidney Health Australia. Envelopes will be available at the Chapel.
Sandy McNab sends….
Today Mike (Shorty)
Connor's funeral was celebrated in Sunbury. The ceremony was held at Tobin
Bros Funeral parlour and the attendance was so large that about thirty
people could not fit into the parlour, which itself held about sixty
people, had to stand outside and watch the celebration on TV Screens.
The celebration of life was quite moving and when the moment came to
reflect on Shorty's life the pictures shown on the TV screen certainly
showed him in all his glory.
RAN CIW Mess Dinner - 22 November 2012
I have been looking to reach out to the RANCBA to inform members that the RAN's annual Mess Dinner is occurring 22 Nov 12, but until now did not realise the website existed.
Could you please add a short note for members to contact me via email (email@example.com) if they wish to attend?
Further details are at http://www.amiando.com/PLBIYVD
Subject: HMAS SYDNEY II - RELATIVES
From: Bob Trotter OAM FIEAust
Commander Rosalind (Roz) Rose (nee Keysell) passed away on Monday 05
Peter E Button
October 2012 Entries:
HMAS Waterhen Cocktail Party
Following received from the Commanding Officer at HMAS WATERHEN for anyone who served there or ships attached.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
Ex sweeper HMAS SNIPE & Patrol Boat HMAS BARBETTE based at HMAS WATERHEN
Subject: HMAS Waterhen Cocktail Party [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
I hope you are all well.
Please find attached a flyer concerning the HMAS Waterhen Cocktail Party to be held on the evening of 6 December 2012. All personnel (both serving and ex-serving), with an attachment to Waterhen and ships alongside, are invited to attend. The costs have been kept as low as possible and it should be a great night. Please feel free to pass this flyer among your members.
I am still waiting on official approval concerning the Freedom of Entry for earlier in the day. I will advise as soon as possible.
Please follow this link for the flyer on the Cocktail Party.
Malaya and Borneo Veterans Day
It may be of interest to those who served on HMAS Sydney to Jesselton in 1964 and on other ships that served in FESR during the Malayan Emergency and Confrontation with Indonesia that 31st of August is now officially in the Military Calendar as Malaya and Borneo Veteran's Day. A nominal roll of those who served, similar to the Korean and Veitnam Rolls, is being prepared. Don't know when it will come about as it took a few years and a lot of hard work by those (mainly Army and Air Force) in the NMVBAA Office Bearers to get agreement from Defence for the day to be recognised.
Ron 'Nullarbor' Baker sends:
Dear family, shipmates and friends,
My visit to the Oncologist yesterday confirmed that I have been re-visited with secondary cancers in my lungs and liver (or what's left of my liver). Accordingly, I will re-commence a 6-month course of chemotherapy, beginning this coming Tuesday. Because I still have residual neuropathy in my hands and feet from my 2010 foray into the world of chemotherapy, I will be on a different regimen this time, substituting the poison that caused the neuropathy with another poison. I will undergo 12 cycles, each cycle beginning with 3 days of constant chemotherapy, followed by 11 days off. By my calculations, that should take me through to the end of March 2013, unless there are further complications. I don't feel unwell at this time, but I'm assured that I won't be feeling too chipper over the coming months. A supplementary drug that I will be treated with, has the potential of causing some pretty ugly side-effects, but is supposed to enhance the effect of the chemotherapy drugs (poisons?). So, we'll give it a shot and see how it goes. I will try to give you updates from time to time over the coming months.
I apologise for not contacting each of you individually, but time does not permit that option. However, I'm sure that I will be talking to some of you at some time during the process.
Ron (aka Nullarbor)
Nullarbor, I know I speak for all in saying that our thoughts are with you as are our hopes of a successful outcome. I was going to say I will be praying for you but I as I am not particularly into that form of expression I will just say I will be thinking about you over the next 6 months as you fight this insidious disease. I hope that the chemo does not knock you around too much and that the process gives you the result we all hope for. All the best old mate.
Nullarbor, my thoughts are with you mate.
Pse pass onto Nullarbor. Your known fighting spirit
will see you through this temporary setback.
Nullarbor, I agree and support everything that our
John C. has said. Look after yourself as best as you can, which I know is
a silly statement, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
Nullarbor, sad to hear about the relapse. Here’s
hoping the new round of Chemo will do the trick. The treatments are
certainly getting better and better (I can attest to that). Anyway mate,
good luck with the treatment and don’t give in to it (which I know you
Nullarbor. Gee mate. What can I say that others
haven't already expressed. My thoughts are with you and I know the next 6
months are going to be bloody rough, but I know you can handle it.
Jim Anderson sends:
latest blood rush is gold fossicking with a metal detector. If any of our
readership is experienced in this hobby I'd like to hear from them.
Trevor Percival sends:
old mate George Standen sends his regards to all his old shipmates. Photo
taken this year at Laurieton NSW and George is hoping to move to Port
RANCBA VIC Basegram – Spring 2012 Edition
RANCBA Vic 2012 Autumn Edition Newsletter available for viewing online by following this link - See 'Vic Chapter' via main menu.
Note Correction to the Newsletter!
The Victorian AGM will be held on the 9th of November at the PumpHouse Hotel, this being the Friday following the running of the Melbourne Cup and not the 2nd as provided in the Newsletter.
Editor has duly lost his make and mend!
Terry 'Red' Ryder sends:
Just a quick note. I married a lovely lady by the name of JoAnne Hook on 16th September at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast. Among the invitees were a contingent of ex HMAS Perth Radio Operators from the first two Vietnam trips. Most of them stayed at the Royal Pines Hotel for the weekend and on the Saturday night, we all got together for a few drinks and a meal. It was the first time Bill Blinkhorn and Ron Tuckwell had caught up since 1969 and it was a great get together. Arthur “Speed” Rowley was my best man and all in all, it was a great day which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone especially JoAnne and myself.
I have attached some great shots for the website.
Terry Red Ryder
1st Photo Left to Right: Ron Tuckwell, Bill Blinkhorn, Arthur Rowley, Dave McCann, Barry “Bones” Lehmann, Bob “Willy” Williamson, Bob Westhorp and Doug Conn
2nd Photo: JoAnne & Red.
Fm Des Byrne:
September 2012 Entries:
Vale Kerry (Kel) Mesecke R66667 – ex LSRO (27 March 1949 – 22 September 2012).
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Kel Mesecke (ex LSRO R66667) who served between 1967 – 1989.
Taken from us suddenly, without warning, Kel passed away peacefully sitting in front of the TV eating dinner on Saturday 22 Sep 2012.
Funeral/service details are still to be organised. He is survived by his wife Jenny, children Scott and Kelly.
From memory, Kel served on the following ships and establishments:
HMAS Duchess, Vampire, Yarra, Hobart, Torrens, Harman, Kuttabul, & Navcommsta Harold E Holt.
Anyone wanting an update on funeral/service details can contact Scott Mesecke on: 0438 846 703 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Harvey on either of the following: 0410 459 832, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fm Phil Butler:
PLAQUE DEDICATION - 14th October 2012
Herewith the list of all departed shipmates who will have a Plaque Dedicated at the Chapel of Remembrance, GI on the 14th October. It will be combined with the Navy Week Service.
Some may have known CPOSY Stephen John Summers. Also AB William Harold Pitt is the late uncle of our Patron, Rear Admiral Tony Horton. AB William Pitt who was lost onboard HMAS SYDNEY in action with the German Raider KORMORAN.
Now if you are attending, shall need names, and if attending via private vehicle, car registration for Security by the 10th October.
Service commences at 10.00am
Dress is as for ANZAC Day , full Medals if applicable.
20385 Petty Officer George Edward Anderson
22158 Able Seaman Lionel Neil Cooper
34692 Able Seaman Ian David Eaton
S5024 Wireman Henry George Baden Goodhew
R94227 CPOATWO Norman James Hill
R33011 WOETC Patrick Francis Lawford
Commodore Robin Angus Harvey Miller
19758 PO Charles Francis Richard Nelson
R44711 ME(1) Leonard George O'Loughlin
S4219 Able Seaman William Harold Pitt
S7174 Able Seaman Lachlan James Pitts
S4257 Able Seaman Norman Leslie Rathbone
R42047 Chief Shipwright Colin James Robbins
R95785 CPOSY Stephen John Summers
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
Seeking Information on Cancer Clusters - High Powered Transmitters
I wonder if any one who worked in Defence Sigs anywhere knows of any cluster of cancers, I have recently been diagnosed with leukaemia and I have heard of others, we are suspicious of the high powered transmitters we used for many years having something to do with this disease.
If you know of any others who have had problems like cancers, please let me know.
1973 - 1985
If anyone can assist please contact Adrian direct.
Vale Lionel Frederick Barr R36898 (ex PO/Tel)
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of ex PO/Tel Lionel Barr. His wife rang me this morning to advise he had succumbed to cancer.
Lionel was a Member of the RANCBA long before me and up till about 2 years ago when he became ill, never missed an ANZAC Day.
I know he served on HMAS AUSTRALIA, ANZAC (during the Korean War), either QUICKMATCH or QUEENBOROUGH during the FESR/Malayan Emergency.
I will also remember his claim to fame. During the Whitlam Years, he was the ABC person who pulled the plug on Whitlam's speech during a Nationwide Broadcast. Appears he was ordered by his Union.
He would have been one of the best people to have been on watch with, knew his job, easy going, and as long as you knew your job, didn't annoy you.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Guardian, First Avenue
Blacktown at 10.00am on Thursday 13th September. His request was for
a White Ensign under which he served and I have managed to obtain one.
John 'Nokka' White Shares some Memories
Thought I would share this wonderful clip.
Sunda Strait Dive - HMAS PERTH I
Terry Gleeson (ex WORSS) has recently been on a dive trip to Sunda Strait. He would like to share some thoughts and images with ex RAN Communicators and anyone else interested in the 1942 Sunda Strait battle. Terry served in HMAS Perth II as young sailor in Vietnam (67-68) so the diving trip he undertook to the Sunda Strait in August this year to dive HMAS Perth I had special significance for him.
link for a very interesting written and photographic account of the trip.
We thank Terry for sharing it with us.
August 2012 Entries:
Don Barker & John Von Stein - Manus 67/68.
Check out the muscle definition on what must be the advance crew Julia has sent to Manus to set up for the illegals!!!!!
Some serious stuff going on here!
Struth John - that last QSO photo on Manus had to be
two sparkers - radio shack tan, butlers builds and drinking watery
Seeking Information on Bryant Attwood
I have been contacted by Peter Attwood, son of Brian/Bryant Attwood ex CCY. Peter lost contact with his Dad and is trying to fill in the gaps.
Would you please put a message on the website asking any of Brian/Bryant's old ship mates if they could contact Peter direct with any information about his Dad that may help Peter. He can be contacted at email@example.com
I only knew Brian for a short period 59/60 so could offer very limited information but have suggested that he try the Comms school, I thought you may have a contact number for him.
Tony (Tackers) Miles
If anyone is able to assist with the above request please contact
Dave Jeffrey sent the following photo of the the HMAS Cerberus AFL team of 1962. Dave is 5th from the left, back row, with Brian Attwood on his left and Bill Clemson on his right. Three communicators together. Bill was a CRS, Dave was a RCO, Brian was a CY at the time. Russ 'Snoopy' Hooper is also at the end of the back row.
Bill Aylott sends - re query from Peter Attwood. I served with
Bryant at Recruit & Signal School (we were in the same class) & both
drafted to Bataan in 1951. Will have a talk with his son. Did you Odes
note the year we were drafted to our first ship. A warship, not Harman,
VALE Les Errol Sheppard R53221 ex RS
The death notice for Les Sheppard was in Monday's West Australian. He passed away on 12/8/12.
The Funeral Cortege for Mr Les Sheppard of Mandurah will arrive at the main entrance of PINNAROO Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury at 11am on FRIDAY 24.08.2012 for a Cremation Service.
Fm the Archives:
b Casino NSW 16.4.1940, joined 21.06.1957, rated RO Tobruk 59, LRO Albatross 62, RS Leeuwin 67.
Drafts included Tobruk, Terror (Kranji W/T), Kuttabul, Melville, Albatross, Cerberus, Diamantina, Creswell, Leeuwin DEE 15.04.67. RIP.
Lest We Forget
Nokka White sends:
Thought everybody might be interested in this one. As a matter of interest, the Spanish navy have a branch for Ship builders. There are a few over here and when there job is finished in Melbourne they and their families are moving to Adelaide to complete the next contract.
Last Saturday, 4 August 2012, the BLUE MARLIN - the largest
semi-submersible heavy-transport vessel (HTV) to date, commenced the
loading operation of the Navantia manufactured hull, measuring 230 meters
in length, for the amphibious ALHD flagship CANBERRA to be delivered to
the Royal Australian Navy.
Vale LCDR Rick Patten RAN Rtd
Dave Jeffrey & Royce Bell advise that the following funeral notice
appeared in The Canberra Times today 6/8.
New Association - RAN Minor War Vessels Association (RAN MWVA)
Please read this as I would like to get feed back as to your response, whether it is feasible to start such an Association. I also appreciate that you may belong to other Ship's Association, but with the work that Patrol Boats are now doing, we should consider this.
On Thursday 19th July 2012 I attended the Federation of Naval Ships Assn (FNSA) to which they held their AGM today at Combined Services Club, Sydney attended by many from different Ships and Associations
CMDR Ian Gibson RFD RAN Rtd attended and was invited to address the Meeting, in regard to the formation of a Association to cover Minor War Vessels, ie, Ton Class Sweepers, Patrol Boats, LCH's etc. As these were very much a part of the Navy Family, I personally would like to see this happen so that they do not disappear without a murmur. I realise that the ex personnel of all these vessels are spread out across Australia since taking their discharge and other employment, and probably do not know of the FNSA. But it is possible that they belong to other Associations and with good communication, website, newsletter, Vet Affairs News we can change this and make this new Association become a reality.
I shall be be attending the 16th MSS Reunion (Ton Class sweepers) in Tweed Heads in September this year and would like to speak on this subject to all in attendance . During our last Reunion in Noosa, this was some what mentioned and some asked about "why don't we do something about becoming an Association as such" but nothing really came of it and as each year goes by, we lose more who could have been Members.
Sadly the age of us all is where we could be active is passing us by, so NOW is the time to do something about this.
We were the ones that went before in both groups, and with the Patrol Boats and the "Illegal boat people" and what they are doing for this Nation now in Border Protection, it makes that much more, that we should become an Association and get behind them, so that they know that there are people who know and understand what it is like to serve on these small vessels. It can be no pleasure cruise on them (believe me as I had many years of personal experience).
Therefore I would welcome any comments, either in the affirmative or negative from all and if this could be passed on to others that you have known who were part of these vessels.
Allan 'Shorty" Moffatt OAM
Vice President FNSA & President RANCBA (NSW)
HMAS SNIPE 1965-66 16th MSS
HMAS BARBETTE 1968 -70 1st Patrol Boat Sqdrn
CALLING ALL GOLFERS
Following has been received and it is hoped that many may take the opportunity to enjoy a good day of golf. Herewith the programme:
"Long Reef Golf Club is hosting a Veterans Day in October. The golf day will be known as “Combined Services Day – Services Cup”
Monday 17th October – 0830 Shotgun Start, lunch at conclusion inclusive wine/beer, usually around 1pm
We have 5 Categories;
Cat2 Post WWII
Cat3 Long Reef club members
Cat4 National Service
Cat5 Visitors with military service.
In totaling the scores, we have prizes for all categories Plus overall winner. Other prizes, nearest the pin etc will also be on the card.
Cost was $55 for visitors last year – hoping to hold it the same this year will have a confirmed price in about a week.
So if you want to play on one of the best courses in NSW – Google it up then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
July 2012 Entries:
Gary Kenny Seeks Info on Barry Lomulder
seeking some help with any information on the above.
I have received the details of all upcoming appearances by the Royal Australian Navy Band for the next few months, across the Nation.
Should you wish to know more details regarding their appearance in your State, please contact and I will forward.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
The band programme is fairly extensive with appearances in most States and Territories - Shorty will advise if you are interested or you can visit http://www.navy.gov.au/Navy_Band
Oncology Update from Ron Baker
Friends and Shipmates,
Nullarbor has been on the road since the last report ....
Recently completed a road trip, and caught up with some of the 'old and
bold'. Pulled into Forster (NSW) and was met at the local Bowls Club by
Frank Hicks, Vicki and the twins (lovely young people and a credit to
their parents). Shortly afterwards, Ray Powell, Sonny O'Hara and their
ladies arrived, so we had some pre-dinner drinks before adjourning to the
bistro, where we were joined by Doc Watson. In deference to the ladies,
not many 'dits' were spun, but we had a good time.
DFRB/DFRDB Issues/Abuse Allegations
As President, Federation of Naval Ship Associations, I recently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister relating to DFRB/DFRDB Superannuants. As many communicators are DFRDB recipients I thought it worth a "run" on QSO the World...Something different.
Also I have received a letter written by Bob Trotter (Ex Commodore) about the current Abuse allegations. I think it is a well written and very interesting letter. Also worth a run on QSO the world. Bob has no objection to his letter being reproduced. Neither do I re my own letter.
Commander Ken Swain AM RAN Rtd
Follow this link to read Ken's letter. Follow this link to read Bob's letter.
I have also taken the opportunity to publish the latest email/letter from Brigadier Neil Weekes AM MC on DFRB/DFRDB Indexation
Follow this link to read Neil's letter.
Follow this link to read more about Operation Aware
Fm Jim Anderson:
Great letter to Ms Gillard on the inequalities of the DFRB/DFRDB Scheme Ken. We have a very strong movement in FNQ under the leadership of (Col) Kel Ryan. I feel as though I've written a 'million words' to the PM and her minions myself but, as you infer, only the same old standard - and very boring - response from Snowdon.
Paul Threlfall is also doing a great job in this area as well.
Names of those who Expressed Interest in the 2013 Reunion
Sonja Hellier advises that "a couple more people have
asked who is going, so we decided that publishing names only could not
Vale Warren Francis 'Curley' Knapp R58501 (ex RO changed over to Chippy)
Tony Miles sends:
Fm the Archives:
Fm John Curbishley
Seeking Ted & Hazel Hunt
you please put out a ‘feeler’ on the QSO for me. Am looking for a
‘communications channel’ with Ted and Hazel Hunt. Used to live in Victoria
(last known) but appear to have vanished. Phone no. or email would be
Sunday 1st July at 10.00am, the Plaque Dedication Service was held at the GI Chapel of Remembrance. At one stage it looked like only a few people would be there, then a huge turnout, filling most of the Chapel.
I was contacted on Thursday with an apology for short notice, but could I consider Reading the Naval Psalm (Psalms 107 verses 23 - 31) . As I was attending, as there would be one Ex Communicator, Signalman Ray Barker having a Plaque Dedicated and also an Ex WRAN Coder, Nellie Wilson, I acknowledged in the affirmative.
The reflections given by their NOK / former ship mates are really so good to hear and as I have said before, it is indeed a very unique service and should anyone have the chance to attend - do so. It is a pity that they have never been recorded.
There was one for a LCDR Henry Somerville Paterson who I believe his history of his Naval career should be spread about more, he was certainly a man our Nation should be proud of, and his son is sending me a copy (I hope).
It was very sad when Mrs Coates spoke on her late husband Rear Admiral Nigel Coates AM, who had just been Fleet Maritime Commander and I would say been destined for high things i.e. Chief of Navy, but at the age of 51, cancer does not discriminate.
Also the son of ex WRAN Coder Nellie Wilson nee Berwick was someone the Nation and the Ex WRANS could be proud of. He mentioned that one of her brothers had served in the RAN during WW II and was aboard one of the Allied Chinese Ships, (which I think the late Ex CRS Don Brindley served on).
Anyway the RANCBA was attended by Sharon and Ray Mundy, Liz Watts, Helen and myself
Their Name Liveth Forever More
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
June 2012 Entries:
Voice Pipe Newsletter
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.
PLAQUE DEDICATION, GARDEN ISLAND CHAPEL
The following Plaques will be Dedicated at the Chapel of Remembrance n Sunday 1st, July 2012 at 1000am.
CDRE I.R Jones
Sig. R Barker
LCDR H Paterson
AB E Simpson
Coder N Wilson (nee Berwick)
AB W Pitt
RADM N Coates
Painter 2nd Class E Smart
Should anyone wish to attend, unless they have ID Access to GI, I will need your vehicle registration by Thursday to inform Security at Garden Island.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
RANCBA (NSW) AGM
The NSW RANCBA Chapter Annual General Meeting and get together will be held at the Parramatta RSL Club on the 4th August 2012 commencing at 10:30 for 11:00am. Also for those that have never been to Parramatta RSL Club, it is situated at the cnr of Macquarie and O’Connell Streets. There is ample parking in the RSL Parking station opposite the Club and for those coming via public transport, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Parramatta Rail & Bus Inter change.
All financial Members are invited to nominate and stand for all positions of the Committee; this includes those serving CIS sailors who have just come aboard the Association.
Secretary RANCBA NSW
Vale Keith Charles Best R23676 (ex Leading Tel)
On Friday I received a
correspondence from a Law Firm advising of the passing of Keith on the 2nd
June 2012. Unfortunately no other details were given, so on behalf of all
the RANCBA I have send a Sympathy Card to known relatives.
From the Archives:
Fm Gayle Brady
Fm Trevor Percival
Whizza Wise needs to urgently get in touch with Bill Aylott
Wanted urgently...Bill AYLOTT mobile phone number. He called me and left voicemail his mobile number and I wrote the bloody thing down wrong and deleted. If you can get in contact with him let him know I am in town (Cunnamulla) and if he is out at the Yowah or going out there soonest I will go out and clean up the palace for them to use while there. If they are still to arrive in Cunnamulla I am at 6 Murray Street (closest to the end of the railway platform).
All the best
Bill Aylott sends:
Von Klimpel is in Sick Bay
Von Klimpel has been very sick after being diagnosed with advanced lymphoma in February. The good news is that after 6 bouts of chemo things are looking much better. Von advises that they have found no lymph nodes in the neck, abdomen or groin for the past 6 weeks and that's a great sign. He has dropped a lot of weight but is remaining confident and positive about things.
Von has another PET scan on 10th July and the doctors will restage according to the result. Things are looking good at the moment but it all depends on the PET scan. I am sure Von's many Communicator mates will want to wish him all the best for the remaining treatment.
Stay positive Von and fight the good fight. We are all thinking of you and wishing you well for the treatment to come. We look forward to hearing your are in remission.
Messages of support should be sent to email@example.com.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH
What a difference in size, many thanks to Tank Evans for passing the photo on. It is a pretty tight fit, let's hope they can float her out!
Fm Mike Vaughan:
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & SERVICE.
I received in today's mail an invite from the Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans Assn inviting the RANCBA to participate again this year. The RSVP is by 30th June, so any RANCBA Members regardless of State Chapter who wishes, may attend, They also wished to know:
a. Whether we will Lay a Tribute/Wreath (in past years we have Laid a Wreath)
b. Will we be attending the Social Gathering at the Hotel on completion.
c. One of the Special Guests will be Ms. Sandra Lee author of the book Saving Private Sarbi - Explosive Detection Dog and her Handler Sergeant "D" !!!!!! (have no idea who D is).
d. Also a contingent of Explosive Detection Dogs and Handlers will Lead the Parade as a tribute to the valuable and dangerous role the handlers and dogs play in Operations.
e. To acknowledge this the role of the RAAF in Vietnam era, a Caribou aircraft will do a low level fly over during the Parade
f. The Service will be held on Sunday, 19th August commencing at 11.00am at Springwood.
This Service includes all ex Service personnel, and not only
for Vietnam Veterans but for all, regardless of where you served in Post
World War II Conflicts, other Operational areas or were part of a Peace
Vale Raymond John 'Buck' Buchanan R57292 (ex RO)
Gayle Brady advises that she has received news from Buck's daughter Brook that Buck passed away suddenly last night (13 June). He came from Warwick for Jim Carey's funeral (along with his wife Sue, Brook and his little Grandson), so Gayle is in a bit of shock. Gayle will pass on funeral details when known.
The funeral for Ray "Buck" Buchanan will be at 10.30 a.m. Tuesday 19th June at the Uniting Church, Gay Street, Warwick, Qld.
This information is from his daughter, Brook Hunter.
From the Archives:
Raymond John Buchanan R57292. DOB 12.1.1941. Joined 26.8.1960 DEE 25.8.1969. Served in Quickmatch, Queenborough and Vampire as well as Harman.
Fm Allan "Shorty" Moffatt:
Fm Graham Bence:
Fm Paul Boase:
JRTE HMAS Leeuwin 2nd intake, Jan 1961.
"First ever reunion" - To be held in the Shellharbour area of NSW approx 110km south of Sydney.
Date yet to be set, but assume around Feb 2014.
23 registrations of interest already received.
Please register your interest and for further information, contact Dave Turner firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9520 2810
Creswell and Huskisson Reunion
I have arranged a reunion at Creswell
and Huskisson for the weekend of 22, 23 & 24 June. Unfortunately I have been
unable to contact Ray Pigdon, Ray Johnson and Blue Harper, the communicators
that I can think of who were here with me in the 80s. If you guys read this
please contact me at
email@example.com. Any other old Creswell Crew, or
anyone else who wants to party that weekend, please contact me.
May 2012 Entries:
Vale Donald John Brindley R44404 (ex CRS)
Dave Jeffrey advises
that there was a funeral notice for Don in the Canberra Times of Wednesday
23 May. Brindo crossed the bar on 17 May aged 86 (born 05 May 1926).
He was buried privately.
Don's Record of Service (ROS) cards up to 1970 shows he served in the Royal
Australian Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1947. His Reserve card is in
poor condition and it is difficult to put together his war service. It
appears he left the RANR in 1947 and then joined the RAN in January 1951.
His RAN ROS card shows that he signed on progressively until one day short of his
50th birthday in 1976 - 25 years full time service. Don may have made
Warrant Officer before paying off - if anyone has more information
please let me know.
Another of my favourite memories of Brindo was his indubitable power of
command which, whilst it would never gain him a pass in the CRS Fleet Board,
often challenged the concentration of the current squad he was marching. His
favourite was the right/left wheel, whereby his order to the squad/class of
"Round the corner, Go!", left nobody in any doubt as to what was to be done
at his command. Perplexed passers-by were often left wondering.
Fm Ray Stuart (ex CY 1958-1967):
Fm Graham Bence:
Fm Keith Gorsuch:
I wonder if you might include this in QSO...Taken in August
1967...Breakfast at the Melbourne Bar (Sembawang) at 0900 !!
Vale Elaine Kane
David Kerr sends:
It is with great sadness that I inform you that I received a call tonight from ex Leut/WOSY Barry "Bloggs" Kane letting me me know that his wife Elaine passed away this afternoon (08 May) after a short battle with cancer. She was first diagnosed last year not long after the Adelaide RANCBA reunion and the family chose to keep it private. Elaine's funeral will be held in Murray Bridge and I will let you know the details once confirmed.
Such a bubbly beautiful lady taken before her time. Elaine, may you Rest in Peace. To Barry and daughter Heather - please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss, and rest assured we are here to support you in your time of need.
Thanks David, our thoughts and condolences go out to Barry and
Heather. Elaine was a lovely lady with a great personality who will be
sadly missed by her many friends from the Comms Branch.
The funeral for Elaine Kane will be held on Friday 11th May at 3pm at Rainforest Retreat, 19A Torrens Rd Murray Bridge, South Australia.
In lieu of flowers Barry and Heather have requested a donation be made to the Flinders Medical Centre Research Centre, Flinders Medical Centre, Sturt Rd Bedford Park SA 5042.
Fm Rob "Nifty" Newell:
Fm Marilyn and Owen (Polly) Perkins:
70th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION - THE BATTLE of the CORAL SEA.
On, Monday 7th May 2012 the Battle of the Coral Sea Memorial Service was held at the Cenotaph. After a glorious weekend, the weather had turned cold, and now in Martin Place with high rise buildings, it becomes a wind tunnel. Prior to the commencement I was asked to meet and escort the following , Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM CSC RAN - Fleet Maritime Commander, then Major-General Mick Slater AO DSC CSC, Forces Commander of Australia and then Group Captain Geoff Shamrock , Representing Air Command when their vehicles arrived at the Pitt Street.
The Ceremony commenced with the MC, Mr. Geoff Gray welcoming all, and asking all to be upstanding for the arrival of the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and to remain standing for the Catafalque Party and the Flag Orderlies to take their place at the Cenotaph. All from HMAS KUTTABUL and the RAN BAND. On completion, Senior Chaplain Murray Lund RAN Officiated and the singing of the Hymn, Oh God, Our Help, and followed by the Lords Prayer and the Commemoration.
The MC then introduced the Prime Minister of Australia representative, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM CSC RAN and he gave the Address on behalf of PM Julia Gillard. This was followed by the introduction of Mr Neils Marquadrt , US Consul-General Sydney , and the United States representative. He then read the message from the White House and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. This was followed by the introduction of Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW. She gave the Address of the Battle of the Coral Sea and the friendship which was forged by both the Australian and United States Navies during this battle, and which has continued in other wars and conflicts.
Both spoke of the message that was read by Mr. John Curtin, the Prime Minister of Australia in Parliament during that time, of the big Naval Battle being fought off the coast of Australia in the Coral Sea, and had been issued by General Douglas McArthur US Army.
The Wreath Laying by Official Guests was then held. by the Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM CSC representing the Prime Minister, the Governor of NSW, the Premier of NSW, Mr. Barry O'Farrell, Member of the Opposition of the NSW Government, and then Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM CSC representing the RAN, Major-General Mick Slater AO DSC CSC Forces Commander and Group Captain Geoff Shambrook representing the Air Command. There was many more including NSW Police, DVA, Legacy, Ex WRANS (Mrs Rosemary Stockley -President NSW) , Ex AWAAS (Mrs Amy Taylor AM) etc.
I had the privilege of representing the Federation of Naval Ships, and along with Mr. Peter Ashpole , President of the Naval Association of Australia (NSW) we both went up together to Lay a Wreath.
The Naval Ode was said by both Mr Bill Bowley, President HMAS HOBART Association and Mr. David Raymond Commander No 1 Post The American Legion.
The Last Post was played by a Bulger RAN Band and then Taps (USA Forces equivalent) 1 Minute Silence and the Reveille.
Chaplain Murray Lund invited all to sing Eternal Father -Strong to Save and this was then followed by the Naval Prayer and Benediction. The National Anthems of the United States of America and Australia was then sung. Full credit must once again go to the RAN Band and the singing by AB Mscn Briony Dwyer - outstanding.
The organisation of this Service was carried out by Mrs. Jan Cunningham and all accolades for a good Service are well and truly worthy of them. Others that I spoke to. Vice Admiral David Leach AC CBE LVO RAN Rtd, Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd, Ex WRAN Liz Watts (Secretary), Ex LRO John Withers OAM, (HMAS HOBART Secretary), SMN CIS's Afton Mitchell, Ashleigh Dean, (HMAS KUTTABUL)
It is hoped that this Memorial Service will continue so that young Australians' will know how close the war came to Australian shores during those "dark days," and will not be forgotten.
Ken Swain AM (President of the FNSA) and myself have both received an Official Invitation to attend a function at the US Consul_General's residence on Wednesday evening (9th May) and to meet a Delegation of Veterans from the USS LEXINGTON (CV2) from the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
Interservice Golf 1968
Gavin Jensen "is not sure if this was late 68 or early 68, I posted
Harman mid 68 and back Darwin mid 69.
16th MSS Reunion.
Calling all Communicators who have served on the Ton Class sweepers during their period of commission which includes from when they were commissioned in the UK till decommission many years later.
The Reunion will take place at the Coolangatta at the Twin Towns Services Club, from 14th, 15th , 16th September 2012. Should you know of any ex sweeper person, seaman, greenie, stoker, chef, stoker etc regardless of rank/rate let them know about it. Also should any ex Communicator be in the Gold Coast area over that time, I am sure if you came along, no doubt you will meet a ex shipmate from way back and you will be made more than welcome to join with us.
Anyway if you require further details, I can be contacted on email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9631 8068
Remember our motto
"Wooden ships but men of steel"
Allan 'Shorty"Moffatt OAM
Ex HMAS SNIPE 1965 - 66
President RANCBA (NSW)
Panoramic View of Hong Kong
Thought you might like to put this out on
the site so that everyone can see just how much Honkers has changed over the
CMDR Anne Briggs
I wonder if anyone knows what may have become of Cmdr Anne Briggs, OIC Comms School in the late 70s please.
April 2012 Entries:
Vale Barry Alfred 'Horse' Dun - ex TO R52381 (19.07.38 - 19.04.12)
On behalf of his partner Charlene, I wish to
advise ex T.O. Barry “Horse” Dun passed away at 11.25 am today Thursday 19th
April 2012 in Ipswich Hospice. Funeral will probably be mid next week,
see below. It would be appreciated if you could pass on to all.
Barry Dun’s funeral will be held at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 24th April at Goodna Crematorium.
Daryl Cross will represent RANCBA (QLD). Anyone else wishing to attend, please email Daryl for time and place.
Cheer Squad for Mons Cup 1981
BUMPER STICKERS ON SALE NOW
MERCHANT NAVY MEMORIAL SERVICE - Sunday 15th April 2012
The Annual MN Memorial Service was held at the Chapel, Rookwood commencing at 11.00am, and here the MC, Mr. Vic Totman welcomed all and then welcome their new President, Mr Geoffrey Walls to address the gathering and here all were requested to stand for God Save The Queen.
The Address was given by Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson AO DSC RAN Rtd who gave a very good speech which was enjoyed by all. He certainly has had a very interesting life and career within the Navy.
On completion, the Rev. Ian Porter - Senior Chaplain to the Mission to Seaman spoke and it was a fitting day as this was the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of TITANIC. Then the Hymn "Nearer my God to Thee" was sung and it was the Hymn played by the Band on the TITANIC during that fatal period of time before it disappeared below the waves.
After a Bible Reading by Mr Frank O'Dwyer MN Association a Address by the Rev Ian Porter, and the Hymn Eternal Father Strong to Save which I believe most who have been to sea, which I always believe has real significance to those at sea.
Then it became a Time of Remembrance and the Names of Those Who have Crossed the Bar since their last Service, and this was carried out by Mr. Geoffrey Walls.
On completion, Wreaths were then Laid by many, Ms. Jennifer Collins, Commissioner for DVA (NSW & ACT). Representatives for the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Phillipines, the United States of America, etc Commander Shane Moore CSC RAN Laid a Wreath on behalf of the Maritime Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM CSC RAN. I had the privilege on Laying a Wreath on behalf of the FNSA, but there were many more which included one Laid by Don Ferguson on behalf of the RANCBA SW and who had served as a Convoy Signalman during WW II.
The Last Post was sounded and then the Ode recited by Mr, Ken Ryder, followed by a Minutes Silence and then Reveille. Sister Mary Leahy OAM, Mission to Seaman and the Stella Maris said a Prayer and this was followed by the National Anthem, and here AB Muscn Brioyn Dwyer RAN who had led all the singing was once again a pleasure to listen to.
It was a very good Service and full credit must be given to all concerned and to the Sea Cadets who also helped and formed a Guard of Honour into the Chapel.
Allan Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW) &
Vice President FNSA.
FEDERATION OF NAVAL SHIPS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL LUNCHEON -12th April 2012
On Thursday the 12th April, Members of different Naval Associations gathered at Parliament House. Macquarie Street, Sydney and started to arrive at 1200 for pre luncheon drinks. This included from the following in no particular order, BATAAN, CORVETTES, FAIRMILES, MERCHANT NAVY, HOBART, MELBOURNE, CLEARANCE DIVERS, PERTH, Ex WRENS, ROYAL MARINES, Ex WRANS, VAMPIRE, SYDNEY US ARMY SMALL SHIPS and today, Members from the Mosman Council as they were to make a presentation. Then last but not least, the "elite" COMMUNICATORS!!!!!! Also present were, Vice Admiral David Leach, AC CBE, LVO RAN Rtd, Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd, Rear Admirals Fred Lynam AO, Ian Crawford, AO Tony Horton AO RAN Rtd. Commodore Adam Grunsell CSC RAN, Commander Michael Hicking RAN. and representing the Premier of NSW, Mrs Roza Sage MP, Member for the Blue Mountains.
With short notice, as not only the President of the RANCBA (NSW), I am also the Vice President of the FNSA and could I carry out the role and functions of the MC on this day. I accepted, but saying that I was very nervous on how it would go. From the "feed back" both there and via emails and phone calls, it must not have been too bad!!!!
Prior to entering the "Strangers Room" at Parliament House, there was a small ceremony held in the foyer by Mr. Cornelius Smit of track plans of HMAS SYDNEY II that had been found under his house at Seaforth (North Sydney) and they would be taken to Canberra and presented to the Australian War Memorial. The was carried out by Mr Bob Auston, current President of the SYDNEY Association. At 12.30 all were invited to make their way into the Luncheon Room, which is a superb setting, overlooking Hyde Park and at this time of the year, with the rain we have had was in great picture. All were requested to stand for the entry of the Official Guests , including the President of the FNSA , Cmdr Ken Swain AM RAN RTD, and then to remain standing for the National Anthem and on completion I recited the Naval Ode.
On completion, all were requested to be seated and here I asked Sister Mary Leahy OAM from the Mission to Seaman to come to the stage and say Grace, also, I congratulated her on being Awarded the Order of Australia since our Luncheon in 2011. She is a very delightful person, and having met her on many occasions a very worthy recipient of the OAM. I am not sure how long she has been here in Australia, but she still has the most beautiful Irish accent, and I for one, hope she never looses..
Entree was then served and then became my other hard part. Advise all in attendance who was sitting at the "Top Table" including our 2 Guests, Commodore Grunsell RAN and Mrs Roza Sage MP, and that I would invite them to come to the stage and address the Members. Also it was great to introduce Commander Michael Hicking RAN who is currently involved with the International Fleet Review that shall place on Sydney Harbour in October 2013. He had come to our Meeting in February where he gave a good insight as to what will happen, and I believe it will be massive , and a credit to our Nation and for those that have served in the Navy will be extremely proud. I
I then asked all present to take the time to go and personally thank our President Ken sitting on the 'Top Table" and the very hard working and I really mean hard working Secretary, Mrs Mary Bell sitting on Table 4 for making this Luncheon happen. They didn't wait and a very good round of applause took place by all in attendance. Many did later on, go and personally say "thank you". Whilst most were enjoying the Easter break, they were busy doing all the hard behind the scene work,
I then invited ,Mrs Roza Sage MP, Member for the Blue Mountains to come to the stage. She definitely was a plus. On graduating from Queensland University with a Bachelor of Dental Science, she joined the Australian Defence Force and served as a Dental Officer with the RAAF from 1979 till 1986 (here she received a good hearted joking from those present - all Navy). She then entered private Dental practice for over 23 years. In March 2011 was elected the Member of the NSW Government for the seat of the Blue Mountains, and made her maiden speech in Parliament on the 11th May 2011 , and at present she hold many positions . She was indeed a very worthy guest and all enjoyed her talk and her quick wit. I told all in attendance, as most have the DVA Gold Card, maybe she will give a quick check of the teeth and a floss during the lunch break!!!!
She was then asked her to remain on the stage and invited Mr. Jim Reid from the Mosman Council to come forward and make the presentation of the print of a painting of HMAS SYDNEY by the well know Naval Artist, Ian Hansen. to Mrs Roza Sage MP, representing the Premier. Along with being a Mayor of Mosman 1997, 1998 and 2001, he is involved in many Committees, ie, the National Naval Memorial at Bradleys Head , the Committee for restoration of the HMAS SYDNEY 1 mast at Bradley's Head, the installation of flood lighting of the SYDNEY Mast in 2001. He also was indeed another worthy guest and the print was viewed by many, and it is indeed a credit and I believe will be displayed in the NSW Parliament House for all to see.
Prior to the Luncheon, I managed to give two little items, one my first meeting with Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths who was then only a Commander and Fleet Operations Officer onboard HMAS MELBOURNE 1957 and whilst anchored in Hong Kong harbour. Definitely not the way to meet an Officer!!!
Then I mentioned a item about Rear Admiral Tony Horton, Patron of the RANCBA here in NSW and this was whilst he was Commanding Officer HMAS VAMPIRE 1967-68. All the old sailors including the Admirals got a good laugh out of them.
A supberb luncheon was then served and many took the opportunity to stroll and meet with old friends over a wine or an ale.
On completion, I then asked our Naval Guest to come to the stage, Commodore Adam Grunsell CSC RAN and whilst he was making his way there, I read out his BIO, very impressive. He has certainly has made sure that he did not let the grass did not grow under his feet and I can understand why he was Awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2007 Australian Day Honours List, and was promoted to Commodore on the 14th October 2011. His speech was good to listen to, but some of the terms now used in the modern Navy are not we were used to. A new Navy with a new language.
It was then time to conclude all the speeches and then tea and coffee was served and last drinks etc and I took the time to say thank you to the Catering and Administration Staff at Parliament House, who really did make our day enjoyable, and to use the old saying, "did us right proud"
Communicators that were in attendance and in no particular order, Cmdr Ken Swain AM, Don Ferguson, Ray & Sharon Mundy, Laurie Scutts, Liz Watts (with the Ex WRANS). Howard Halsted OAM (with the Corvettes), Terry Nugent , Max Miller, Dick Thompson (with the Fairmiles), John & Pam Short, Trevor & Joan Pike, Les & Fay Church, Andy & Jan Mills, our Patron Rear Admiral Tony Horton AO and his wife Margaret and Allan (Shorty) & Helen Moffatt
Allan “Shorty” Moffatt OAM
President of the RANCBA NSW.
& Vice President of the Federation of Naval Ships Association
Calculate your Personal Loss due to Unfair Indexation
It behoves every DFRB/DFRDB/MSBS superannuant to go to this website and then do the math - and then weep.
(Have your fortnightly DFRDB pension figure with you when you open it).
And then start ringing/writing your federal member and giving them heaps.
You are being dudded to buggery and back!
Vale Graham Gardner - ex WWII Sparker
Sonja Hellier hast been advised by the
Corvettes Association of the passing of Graham Gardner - WWII Sparker.
Lest we forget.
Ex-Communicators in Ghana
For those of you who remember
John 'Bumper' Farrell ex Sparker, he is currently in Ghana Africa working
with another old mate, Ron McGrath ex signalman. They have just started an
Institute to train locals in the oil and gas industry. This is the initial
stage of the project which includes building a Supply Base providing
infrastructure to the industry. Ron is the driving force behind the project
and has been here for nearly 3 years. Bumper and Wayne 'Bangers' Bancroft
(another Signalman) also have a financial interest.
Great to see things going well with the 3 Amigos. We wish you
Red Ryder Trip 2012
I’ve just come back from a fantastic trip which included visiting some of the old haunts from my Navy days as well as hiking in the jungle in Borneo and spending time in Brunei and Kuala Lumpur. I took some photos when I was in Subic and Olongapo and have written a dit about that stage of my trip. It may be of interest to readers on the RANCBA website.
Terry “Red” Ryder
I have now culled photos from past trips of Red and posted the new photos with Red's dit.
Sweet Memories from Trevor Percival
Memories are sweet. Taken while we were on the Melbourne early 1960's. Tiny Kopp in the middle of the first photo, from memory Clive Norfolk, Pat (Blue Moonie) and Tiny (Gary) Kopp at Trincomalee in the second.
It's great to look back to see how young, fit and carefree we once
were. If anyone can help identify those in the photos please send me
Fm Sandy McNab:
Pedro Franklin has been released from Sick Bay.
After doing all my tests last week, the good news is that I am now in remission. I have to see the haematologist again in six months and every six months thereafter for the next five years. He is confident that there should not be any more problems. Sue and I should now be OK to go away on holidays in September. I tried to convince the haematologist that my home brew may have contributed towards my recovery, but he just looked at me as if I was a stupid and confused ordinary seaman.
Thanks to everyone who gave me support an good wishes during the last four months and don’t forget if you are up this way give me a bell.
Great news, couldn't have asked for a more positive result. You both deserve a long chilled out holiday.
Fm Keghead & Ruth Weaver:
Alan Rodgers feels strongly about this issue:
Given the recent notifications on the Vale list, one just does not
know when your life is about to take a dive.
This is a serious issue and I feel strongly about it. We need to look after each other and we need to encourage each other to have health checks on a regular basis. Even if we just lend a sympathetic ear occasionally it all helps.
March 2012 Entries:
Norman Hutchings R93380 - 3rd intake Junior Recruits HMAS LEEUWIN 1961
We have another very sick boy on our hands in the West - Norman Hutchings.
He has a slow grown cancer of the Liver and his Kidneys failed but have now come back on line.
They tried to have him breathe on his own today but failed the test, hence the tracheotomy today.
Poor young bugger still has an open wound [not sealed] with it covered up.
Would be most appreciated if you could place this on the QSO page please.
I would not like his mates and others to pester the family, I will take on that responsibility.
Update from Alan Rodgers 05 April:
Another update on Norm 17 April:
ANZAC Day Arrangements - SYDNEY
Wreath Laying Service. Here in
Sydney we commence our ANZAC Day with a Wreath Laying Service which will be
held at our allotted time, 0740am. Ex WO RS(T) Sharon Mundy CSM will
call the cadence and the Wreath Layer will be selected on the day (a serving
CIS) will be asked to carry out this function. If attending, please muster
at the corner of Pitt Street & Martin Place at 0730am.
Vale Anthony Meehan R93711 (ex WORSEW) 5.12.1946 to 22.3.2012
Norma Dix, Secretary RANCBA WA, had a telephone call from Tony's daughter Kathy last evening advising that her Dad had suddenly died from a heart attack on Thursday afternoon (22/3).
No funeral arrangements as yet but Norma will forward information as it is received.
Members of the Communications Family
Fm Sandy McNab:
Both Pat and I just back from her Melbourne reunion attended
the funeral service of Tony Meehan on Wednesday 04 April. Upon making our
way across to the venue it was obvious by the early numbers noted that this
was going to be a grand gathering to say a final farewell, and it was
indeed. With his immediate family and relatives supported by his RSL
Riverton members, his Golf Club ‘whackers’ and RANCBA attendees, I think
Tony would have been a bit chuffed about it all and perhaps tell us to “just
get on with it” in his own personable way.
Updated History of HMAS HARMAN
This was passed to me via the WRANS network:
I have a copy of Annette's booklet and it is a valuable contribution
to the history of HARMAN. I look forward to seeing the updated
version. If you are able to contribute please send your stories and
photos to Annette direct.
Operation Aware - Anzac Day Flyer
I will be starting a new 'Anzac Day' page shortly, in the meantime here is an awareness flyer put out by the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations. To find out more visit http://www.standto.org. Please spread the word to your family and friends.
RANCBA VIC Basegram - Autumn 2012 Edition
Could you please upload our
newsletter to its usual place and put a little dit on the QSO forum for us;
A Thought for Anzac Day
Some of you may have seen this before, but it is
just as relevant today to our Communications Branch Association members, as
it is to the author's Army service. Speedie Sahariv penned this
in 2008, but it is worthy of further promulgation within the RANCBA group.
Given the growing list on our Vale page, it is a timely reminder that we are
all mortal and we need to make an effort to stay in touch with each other.
World's Greatest Shave - In Support of Pedro Franklin
Please pass to as many
as possible, all support will be gratefully received.
A very worthy cause, please support Shakey if you can.
Fm Shakey 17 March:
Barry Dun in Sick Bay
Daryl Cross (ex LTO) advises:
Just had a phone call from Stuart "Knobby" Clark letting me know that Barry "Horse" Dun (ex TO from Quiberon/Duchess/Harman days in the 50's/60's) is in Ipswich hospital and not expected to come out. He apparently has lost a lot of weight and has trouble recognising people. Will keep you informed over the next few days.
Tks Daryl, we will be thinking of Horse and hoping for a good outcome.
Seeking Vendetta RO on loan to USS Buck circa 1962
Shorty Moffatt has been asked if we can help with the following:
Clive Smith (a LSRP) is seeking a RO who was on the HMAS Vendetta in 1962 who was with him and an AB Des smith and was on loan to the USS Buck. They were involved in an enemy action and Clive has been awarded the US National Defence Medal and the Expeditionary Medal with clasp Vietnam.
Clive can be contacted on (03)94350338 or email@example.com
Ian Mc Donald
If anyone can assist please contact Clive direct.
Funeral Service - the late Chief Yeoman Syd Gellatly
Yesterday I attended the Funeral Service for the late Ex Chief Yeoman Syd Gellatly at the Chapel, RSL Retirement Homes Narrabeen. It was fully packed with many from ex Ships or Associations Members there and with Paddington RSL Sub Branch doing the RSL Tribute. It was also pleasing to see a few of the Staff there in their own time attend the Service as one told me, it was a pleasure to have known him. The RANCBA got a good mention.
It was a surprise to see the Consul Delegate from the South Korean Consul there along with his wife, but when Syd resigned as President of the RANCBA (NSW) he became President of the Korean Veterans Association and made many approaches to the Federal Government for full recognition for all Korean Veterans from the "Forgotten War". Syd had served in HMAS WARRAMUNGA during the Korean War, but he would also invite the RANCBA to attend the Battle for Kapyong Memorial Service and Lay a Wreath.
Bob Durbin who many may remember when he was Secretary of Parramatta RSL Sub Branch is now the Pastor there and does a beautiful Service. Syd has a great career in the Navy and along with the late Lieutenant "Spider" Currie SD (C) RAN Rtd they were seconded to the First Inquiry of the HMAS VOYAGER - HMAS MELBOURNE fatal collision as they maybe required to give an explanation of all Fleetwork and Communications that may have been given or taken place.
Syd on taking his Discharge, was employed at HMAS KUTTABUL as CB and Crypto Officer so many in the late 60s - early 70's would have no doubt met him.
Communicators in attendance Ken Swain (Ken was a LRO then at KUTTABUL when he knew Syd), Ted Bastow (ex Committee Member RANCBA NSW), ex PO/Tel Lionel Barr and his wife Margaret ex WRAN RO, my wife Helen and myself (Helen was at that time a WRAN RO and knew Syd from KUTTABUL in 1964).
Lest we Forget
Allan 'Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
ANZAC Day Arrangements for RANCBA QLD
Brisbane Anzac Day
March Commences 10 am. Usual format with WWII Veterans up front behind
Banners, Taxi's and Buggies, then the rest as follows Army, RAAF, Navy, and
other allied units and descendents of etc.
Plaque Dedication Service
The Plaque Dedication Service was held at the GI Chapel on the 4th March commencing at 2pm. Unfortunately I had a phone call from Mrs Sheila Perryman yesterday early that several of her party who live on a property outside of Canberra could not make it due to flooding. Also had a belated phone call from John Short he was a late cancellation and could not make it, and Liz Watts sent me a email she may not be there. It was a once again a very good Service conducted by Snr Chaplain Murray Lund RAN, and the AWE was paraded into the Chapel by personnel from HMAS WATSON. Once again the singer was ABSMN Briony Dwyer, what an asset she is.
Telegraphist Brian "Red" Ryder's daughter spoke on his behalf. Was a 6 year man, after CERBERUS, HMAS SYDNEY, HMAS BARCOO, HMAS HARMAN then HMAS QUIBERON.. Then many trips to the Antartic and I think if my memory is correct he was Awarded the coveted Polar Medal. After many trip down there decided to settle down but was on the oil rigs in Bass Strait.
Commander Richard Perryman's AM RAN Rtd wife Sheila spoke on his behalf. Some may remember him when he was Fleet Communications Officer, HMAS MELBOURNE then Commanding Officer HMAS HARMAN.
L/Telegraphist Keith " Blue" McDonald a friend , ex LRO Peter Baggot down from Brisbane spoke on his behalf. Another great character, served from Corvettes to Carriers, and when the Navy was into Boxing, he was the heavy weight champion and normally ran the "book" on board the ship. A big man but had a bigger heart . He also served in the Antartic, then DCA and sadly passed away whilst on oil rigs in the South China seas.
AB Jack Strudwick even though this man was not a Communicator, Ken Swain who knew him very well spoke on his behalf. What a life he had, joined in WWII , served aboard HMAS STUART (Scrap Iron Flotilla) then the new HMAS ARUNTA , and finally HMAS PIRIE and was at the signing of the end of war in Japan.
There were others and all had great stories. Commander George Halley, Stoker Ray Raymond, LCDR Robert Nicholls, AB Terrance Wise, Wran Officers Cook Sheila Briggs (nee Hauenstein)
On completion of the Service, all were invited to the Boat Shed to partake of refreshments. Another good Service and credit to all concerned.
Communicators in attendance, Ian Pfennigwerth, Ken & June Swain, Ken Wiggins, Brian Jackson (Qld) , Peter Baggot (Qld) , Don Ferguson, Brian Gray, Helen and Self. Also included in the photo , Mrs Sheila Perryman and Red's daughter Robyn.
It was good to catch up with Ken Wiggins, Brian Jackson and Peter Baggott as we all had served together and had known both Red Ryder and Blue McDonald.
Should you know of any ex RAN (m/f) who has passed away, let them know about this unique Service. It is a lasting Memory to their Service to this Nation and the RAN.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
FGC OPERATION 001/2012: “SWAN’S SONG” - MONDAY - 5 MARCH 2012
The Fair Go Campaign asks for your support by attending our assembly at the National Press Club Canberra where Wayne Swan will be speaking on the Labor Government’s determination to advance the concept of the fair go. He says that “Labor has always been the Party of the fair go and the primary guardian of Australia’s egalitarian tradition”.
Our assembly’s purpose is twofold: firstly, to remind the Treasurer that the Government’s application of a Fair Go has been denied to military superannuation pension indexation and DVA disability payments, and secondly to increase the public and media awareness through flyer handouts and possible TV/radio coverage of the event.
To that end we will stand at the entrance to the NPC prior to, during and after the Lunch. We will carry placards and hand out both the Why? and Cyclone Yasi flyers (see them at www.standto.org) to all persons entering the NPC.
Our MO is to be peaceful, neither threatening nor abusive. We will not interfere with pedestrian or road movement and will comply with the law. Rain is no barrier to our activity.
1. Be in the Assembly Area (see below) by 11.15 am for briefing and distribution of hand out flyers and authorised placards.
2. Be in position by 11.30 am
3. NPC Lunch (12.00 – 1.30 pm)
4. Depart after lunch
5. Post activity/brew/debrief/report
Dress. Smart casual: no offensive clothing or slogans. No medals. Please wear some military apparel such as a lapel badge, cap etc.
Placards. We will provide the authorised placards.
Coordinator. Les Bienkiewicz and his Assistant Bill Murray (0433524493). Please call Bill if required.
This is a great opportunity to promote the Campaign. If you live in the ACT or nearby please join us on Monday.
If you do not live in the ACT or nearby, please distribute this Notice to your network of family and friends who do live there.
Thanks for your continuing support
Campaign Directors: Ted Chitham firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Gibson email@example.com
Stay current with the Campaign at www.standto.org
Vale Sydney Phillip Gellatly R36119- ex CCY (05 October 1928 - 01 March 2012)
I have just received a phone call, and it is my sad duty to inform you that Ex Chief Yeoman Syd Gellatly passed away this morning. I first came to know him back in Comms School when he was doing his Yeomans course back in 1956.
Syd was President of the RANCBA NSW when I first came onto the Committee in 1976 and after many years he resigned and became President of the Korean Veterans Assn and did a lot for this Association and trying to get full recognition for those that served in the "Forgotten War" as he had served on board HMAS WARRAMUNGA during this War.
No further details know at present, but I shall keep you informed.
Lest We Forget.
Fm Bruce Spender:
Fm Bill Aylott:
RAN Communicators (Vietnam) - Anzac Day March Adelaide
Allan Moffatt has received a few emails asking for information and he has asked for help from members.
Allan (Shorty) I write the Unit commentary notes for the ABC TV coverage of the Adelaide Anzac Day March each year. This year, the RAN Communicators (Vietnam) are marching and I don't have any background information. Can you advise who I contact in Adelaide to give me some dot points on the RAN Comms tasks. Maybe you are in a position to provide them yourself. I need about 8 dot points of the main role and tasks. eg Did the RAN have a shore comms centre in Viet. eg Vung Tau or elsewhere??? By the way I got your details vide the Association newsletter on the net.
I forwarded this to Dave Kerr and Barry Sherriff in RANCBA (SA).
Herewith response from Dave Kerr.
Allan, I've spoken to the March coordinator and there is NO RAN Communicators (Vietnam) group marching. Ian Gully has confused it with a HMAS ADELAIDE Commissioning Crew contingent who are marching in Adelaide this year.
Allan, don't know who the "coordinator" is but I have the Order of March as prepared by the Chief Marshall and in Group 9B "Vietnam War Veterans" behind the RAN Clearance Divers (Vietnam) are RAN Communicators (Vietnam). The HMAS ADELAIDE Commissioning Crew and other crew members along with WW2 HMAS ADELAIDE are marching in Group 12A.
Now does anyone who served in Vietnam know anything about this. Was this brought up at the Vietnam Veterans Reunion held in Tasmania last year??? Let me know.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
February 2012 Entries:
The Battle for the Java Sea
Service was held at the Cenotaph, Martin Place Sydney on a very warm day and
was attended by many, including the general public.
At approximately 11am the
MC, CMDR Ken Swain AM RAN Rtd commenced the Service with all being asked to
stand whilst the Catafalque Party and Flag Orderlies provided by HMAS WATSON
mounted the guard around the Cenotaph and they were accompanied by the
Sydney Detachment of the RAN Band under the baton of Lieutenant Steven
Stanke, and then to remaining standing whilst the Guest of Honour, The
Governor of NSW, Her Excellency , Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO arrived
accompanied by her ADC.
The Service was Officiated
by Chaplain Rendall Walker RAN, and the Address was given by Commodore
Andrew Smith RAN representing the Fleet Commander Rear Admiral T Barrett AM
CSC RAN. A very good speech explaining the Battle of the Java Sea and events
leading up to it. Chaplain Rendall Walker then gave the
Commemoration and this was followed by the Address by the Governor of NSW,
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir and she spoke of the heavy loss of
ships and men during this period, to name a few HMS REPULSE and HMS PRINCE
OF WALES, HMAS PERTH , HMAS YARRA , the USS HOUSTON , the RNN DE RUYTER, but
sadly there were many more and for some it was the end of the war as they
were now POW's of the Japanese. It was a very moving Address which it
is hoped will always be remembered in memory of those that Paid the Supreme
Wreaths were then Laid by
Official Guests, Ship Associations , Relatives and Friends. Some of the
included RADM Robyn Walker AM RAN representing the CN, Vice Admiral Ray
Griggs AM CSC RAN. She is the first woman in the RAN history to attain the
rank of Rear Admiral. Cmdre A Smith RAN, Cmdr T. Willson RAN HMAS KUTTABUL,
RADM Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd (Patron and also a survivor of the
sinking of HMS REPULSE_) RADM Ian Crawford AVADSC, RADM Ken Doolan National
President of the RSL, Netherlands Consul General Jaap Frederiks, and Mil
Attache W/O Olaf van Loon, Brigadier R Taylor, British Military Attache, Mr.
A, Ball US Consulate, Mr. M Baume American-Australian Assn. Mr. Boyd Buffett
DVA, Cnlr Phillip Black Sydney City Council, Supt. Mark Walton NSW Police,
Mr. David Waller . grandson of the Captain Hec Waller HMAS PERTH fame,
Howard Halsted Corvettes Assn, Kinsey McDonald ABC TV, Mr. Bob Bain
representing Mr Don Rowe NSW President NSW RSL, Mr.John Satchwell & Pat
Shields Royal Marines Assn, Dick Thompson Fairmiles Assn, Les Church VAMPIRE
Assn, Key Ryder Merchant Navy Assn, Ms Joan Evans Ex WRENS Assn , Ms Liz
Watts Ex WRANS Assn, Mr. Bob Auston SYDNEY Assn, Mrs Mary Bell Secretary
FNSA, Mr. John King PERTH Assn & Mr. Tony Miles Pres. PERTH Assn( NSW),
Mr. Don Kennedy, American Legion, and I had the privilege of Laying a Wreath
on behalf of all Communicators. There were many many more but unfortunately
I do apologise for not putting your name down and this is due to space.
On completion of the Wreath
Laying, the Naval Ode was said by Mc Didi von Wiederhold, Royal Netherlands
Navy , the Last Post was sounded and after One Minutes Silence the ODE by
Mr. Frank Glover OAM who is Chairman of the Java Sea Service, and had been
the Captain's Secretary aboard HMAS YARRA and left it just prior to its last
This was then followed by
the Naval Prayer, and the National Anthems of AUSTRALIA, GREAT BRITAIN,
UNITED STATES of AMERICA and the NETHERLANDS and these were sung by AB SMN
Briony Dwyer, Sydney Detachment RAN Band she was absolutely brilliant, with
many of the general public there commenting on how good she was.
Communicators in attendance
Ray & Sharon Mundy, Don Ferguson, John & Phylis Reeves, Les Church, Liz
Watts, Max Miller, Don Thompson, Howard Halsted. Captain Ian Pfennigwerth
RAN Rtd and self (Shorty). Special mention must go to
Frank Glover, Didi von Wiederhold, Ken Swain for all there work in
organising this Service and then,on the day by Bill Bowley (HOBART Assn)
Dick Thompson (FAIRMILES Assn), Liz Watts (Ex WRANS Assn) and even got
myself got a bit involved. It is these people who without their help would
not have made this Service run smooth.
It was also pleasing to see
Sub/Leut. Chris Hartley and 2 Sea Cadets (TS SIRIUS) at this Service also, also had the very great pleausre of meeting up with ex Sig John Wilks visiting from WA. and who I
had not seen since our time aboard HMAS SNIPE in 1965-66 and on this
particular day he had been a member of the public.
From here many made there
way to Occidental Hotel where a Book Launch and refreshments would be
available. After the very hot weather experienced today, the refreshments
were a very welcome sight. After all those invited had arrived, the Governor
of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir arrived and then the MC Ken
Swain again welcomed all and asked Professor Marie Bashir to say a few
words. Here her speech was on a more informal nature and very well received
by all in the room, and then Ken invited Ian Pfennigwerth to address the
room and the reason for the book launch.
Many may have known Ian in
the Navy, but he then became a Naval Historian and has written many books
and this one is called IN GOOD HANDS the life of Dr. Sam Stening DSC
who was the Surgeon Lieutenant Commander RANR onboard HMAS PERTH when it
was sunk by the Japanese on its final deployment and then became a POW for 3
1/2 years of captivity during which he was in 8 POW camps and with a few
medical supplies, his ingenuity, he was able to help his fellow prisoners
during this time. It was not the first time he had been sunk, when he joined
the RAN as a Reserve Officer he served in the Indian Ocean and then in the
Scap Iron Flotilla" in the Mediterranean and here his ship, HMAS WATERHEN
was also sunk. On release from captivity he returned to medicine and
re established himself in paediatrics and rose to be top of his profession
until his death in 1983.
Here this concluded all the speeches but many, purchased the book and I think from what I have read, will be glad that they have done so.
Anyway after a few drinks and eats, it was time to call it quits after a long and what I would term a very successful day. So to all that made it so, BRAVO ZULU
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
If anyone wishes to purchase
Ian's latest book they can order via his website at
Women In The Navy
Hi, thought this video worth passing on for interest, particularly to those that served in the ‘50’s.
Bev Weate (ex C.W.R.S.)
Thanks Bev, lots of good stuff on YouTube.
Vale Jim Carey R58033
Jim's illness was discovered very shortly before Christmas and until his last week we, and his Oncology team, truly thought that with chemo and radium he would eventually be O.K. and Jim, being the quiet person he was, didn't want there to be any fuss. He only managed one chemo treatment and four of radium when he became so seriously ill. Five days later he passed away - no pain and no discomfort and with his family at his bedside. I am sorry that there was simply no time to inform everyone of his condition. Six weeks from diagnosis to death.
His family and mine are having to cope with our sudden loss.
RAN Ship's Callsigns/Names Lists
Further updates to include the HMAS Choules. I am still chasing any callsign info on the WWII AMS/Corvettes HMAS Armidale and the HMAS Wallaroo.
As an aside, in researching some names of the Communicators who served on the WWII Scrap Iron Flotilla ships, including the late Ean MacDonald I recognised a Jack Mahney on the Stuart crew list. Some of the Communicators may remember two special plaque presentations made at the Anzac Day luncheon to two Life Members of the RANCBA WA, on the occasion of the National '99 Reunion being held in W.A. The late Charles Cole an original Tingira lad, and Jack 'Mucka' Mahney who was on the original W.A. committee back in the 1950's.
I had a look at Jack's service cards and noted coincidentally that he was indeed the L/TEL on the Wallaroo the night it was involved in a collision west of Rottnest Island and sunk. Bingo I thought, one of the two missing ships callsigns possibly and so I tracked Jack down here in the West and at 93 years young and 'looking forward to one or two or three more', it was really great to have a chat. I steered him around to the Wallaroo and the collision and his rescue, and questioned his memory of its allocated signal letters. Amazing what he could recall but alas not its W/T callsign. If I can get along to the National archives when I visit Melbourne for a week with Pat next month, I'll keep researching.
Donations for Naval Memorial in Queensland
The Naval Centenary Memorial Committee in Queensland is seeking your support.
A significant Navy Memorial is to be constructed in the gardens at St Mary's, the 'Navy Church' at Kangaroo Point to recognise the contribution of the men, and more recently the women, who have served in the Queensland Navy, the Commonwealth Naval Forces, the Royal Australian Navy, and those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
The memorial will be be dedicated on 9th April 2013, the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Naval ship-to-shore radio communications between HMQS GAYUNDAH off Moreton Island and a receiving station in what is now the gardens of St Mary's. This site was chosen because of the many historical links with the Navy, its commanding position overlooking the first shore base of the Queensland Navy, the Brisbane River and across to the City.
This event is significant for RANCBA members not only for its historical ties but also for the fact that the next RANCBA Reunion is being planned to incorporate the dedication next year.
Dive Trip to Sunda Strait
I would like to share the attached information with RANCBA members and possible opportunity to take part in a diving trip that will visit the site of one of the RAN’s most tragic and heroic actions, when HMAS Perth and USS Houston were both sunk in the Sunda Strait battle, on the night of Feb 28th – Mar 1st, 1942. (70th anniversary this year).
I have attached the flyer that provides all details of the dive trip, and although the advertised trip in Sept 2012 is fully booked, another trip is being considered for the period 23rd – 28th August 2012. I will be a starter for the August trip – anyone who is interested, please feel free to contact me, or dive company direct (details on flyer). Note that I have no association with the dive company and only share this information on the chance that some shipmate would like to share in this adventure.
Having served on Perth II (67/68), this trip will be of great significance to me and I look forward to sharing my experience on the RANCBA site later this year.
RANCBA Expressions of Interest - Reunion April 2013
Hi all - We are finally getting this function under way and look forward to your support.
Could you please circulate this information to your members as soon as possible either by email, or with an item in your next newsletter for those on snail mail.
Updates will be forwarded as soon as possible following closing of Expressions of Interest.
Many thanks for your support
this link for the 'Expression of Interest' document.
Vale Jim Carey (ex LRO) R58033
It is my very sad duty and with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Jim Carey. He passed away this morning at 11.35, after suffering from cancer.
Many would have known Jim, he was indeed a great person, and I had the privilege of being with him at HMAS HARMAN, then a few years later at HMAS KUTTABUL.
When we took our discharge we both joined DCA and we were stationed at the Communications Centre, Mascot Airport for about 20 years before Jim transferred to Brisbane Airport.
Jim was a very dedicated RANCBA Member and was on the NSW Committee before leaving for Brisbane. Nothing was too hard for him, and he would always help wherever possible.
He will be sadly missed by all that knew him. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming when known.
Rest in Peace Jim.
Allan 'Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
Lest We Forget
Jims funeral notice is in today's Courier Mail
(Thursday 16 Feb).
Fm Dave (Wescombe-)Down in Adelaide
Fm Dave Dixon
& Pat McNab
Fm Sue Hackett (nee Halpin)
Fm Alan Murgatroyd
Fm Frank Hoy
RANCBA Vic - Adhoc Reunion at Echuca - May 2012
In order to de-centralise gatherings of RANCBA members and ex RAN Communicators from just the Melbourne Metropolitan area, RANCBA Victoria is planning on an adhoc regional communicators’ reunion in the Echuca area over the weekend 4 to 6 May 2012 inclusive. RANCBA members from other states are also welcome to join us, particularly those living along the Murray River. Most of the planned reunion activities will occur in the vicinity of the Echuca Port area and at the Moama RSL, which is a short distance across the Murray River from Echuca.
This email sets out the proposed agenda, indicative costs and seeks expressions of interest (attached document). All recipients are requested to complete the attached Expression of Interest and return it to one of the named contacts before 24th February. We need this info early so that we can ensure that travel & accommodation bookings tentatively made will still be available to us.
The only costs likely to be incurred by those wishing to attend are the cost of travel to Echuca, accommodation, meals and any other expenses you may wish to occur privately. For those travelling from the Melbourne area we are planning on sourcing funds to offset the cost of some of the weekend costs. Whilst not yet confirmed this may cover some travel. RANCBA Vic will also cover some of the costs for the Sunday Brunch BBQ. Unlike national reunions RANCBA Vic is not planning on incurring any additional costs. What does this mean?? This means not charging a start up cost or deposit used for any other purpose as with the national reunions. This reunion is being planned as a low cost gathering. We will be attempting to solicit local transport arrangements to move people around the various activities. This transport, if required, will be at no cost to the attendees.
Friday 4th May – Travel to Echuca area. PM drinks in venue yet to be decided at own expense.
Saturday 5th May – Dinner at the Echuca/Moama RSL. Once again this will be at own expense but is likely to cost approx $30-$40 per person for a multi course meal. Drinks extra.
Sunday 6th May – Brunch (subsidised by RANCBA Vic) but may require a small contribution from those attending, depending on numbers. On completion of BBQ attendees are free to return home.
Transport options from Metropolitan Melbourne are – Return train travel from Southern Cross (Spencer Street) – Approx $27 per person (3.5 hour trip departing approx 3pm Friday and leaving Echuca approx 4pm on Sunday). Bus travel likely to be approx $60 per person depending on how many wish to attend from Melbourne. Other option is self drive/car pooling. We will be seeking external funding to attempt to offset this travel but this has not yet been confirmed.
Accommodation Options:Motels, cabins in caravan parks, and hotels are in the approximate range of $90 to $100 per night per couple. Cabins in caravan parks offer the opportunity to pool and thus reduce the costs even more. Those wishing to attend will be advised of more details once numbers are known and possible deals are negotiated with the preferred option. Whilst some assistance may be possible in making block bookings, those attending will be responsible for settling their own accounts. Other options are for people to arrange their own accommodation requirements, such as own caravan, stay with friends etc. We would expect that you would make these arrangements yourself, but please indicate your intentions in the Expression of Interest.
During the planned activities, we also plan to pass on details of the emerging programme for the next National Reunion, and any other details that may be of interest to the wider ex-communicator community. Let us know what you are interested in so we can prepare to pass on the information.
If you know of anyone else (ex communicator) who you think may be interested in attending, please pass on these details to them. All are welcome to attend and join in on this planned adhoc reunion!
We look forward to seeing as many as possible at this event.
President, RANCBA Vic
Vale Brenda Joy Pratt (ex WRROS) W109426
Noticed in today's NT News
(Saturday February 11) a funeral notice for an ex-WRAN Brenda Joy Pratt (WRROS
W109426). Her married name, but someone may remember her.
DFRB/DFRDB Indexation Newsletter FNQ
I am cobbling together a
small newsletter, mainly for former long-term members of the Defence Family
up here in the Far North which looks at the gradual but steady erosion of
the various schemes and benefits we once enjoyed.
HMAS VOYAGER Remembrance Service WA
VLSVA will hold a Voyager remembrance service at 10.00am at the Voyager seat, Saw Avenue, Kings Park on Friday 10 February. An informal social gathering will follow, bring a picnic & chairs.
For further information please contact VLSVA WA president Paddy Peard 94486441, Tom McLaren 94443140 or David MacLean 92933604.
Pedro Franklin - Update Feb 2012
Herewith an update and thanks to
those of you who have rung or emailed your support during the recent period.
Today is significant in that today is exactly half way for the chemo
treatment. I have another dose tomorrow followed by another two at
fortnightly intervals, and then the haematologist sends me off to do all the
tests similar to those I did prior to chemo. After that he makes an decision
as to whether I am in remission or if I need more chemo. He says that he is
confident that I will be in remission by June/July.
FNSA ANNUAL LUNCHEON
As many would know the RANCBA here in NSW is affiliated within the FNSA and as such, arrangements are being made to hold our Annual FNSA Luncheon in the NSW Parliament House.
Venue. Strangers Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY.
When. Thursday 12th April 2012 - 12.00 for 12.30
Guest of Honour. Vice Admiral Peter Jones AM CSC (representing CN)
Cost. The reduced cost is $70.00 per person.
Dress. Men - Tie and Jacket - Medals
Women - Day Dress - Medals where applicable
Partners. More than welcome.
As in the previous 2 years the RANCBA has been very well presented, in fact , I believe the biggest group from all associated ships/ associations, so lets try to make this achievement again for 2012. Also more importantly, from all that have attended there has not been any complaints and all have enjoyed the day with meeting Communicators and others from Branches that they have served with.
I shall start an Expression of Interest, so let me know if are considering attending.
Allan 'Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
JAVA SEA MEMORIAL SERVICE FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY - CENOTAPH, SYDNEY
The 70th Anniversary of the Battle for the Java Sea Memorial Service will be held at the Cenotaph on Friday 24th commencing at 10.45 for 11am , Guests will be the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN.
The RANCBA has been invited so ALL are more than welcome to attend.
Dress is as for ANZAC Day, Full Medals
A Plaque Dedication Service will take place at the GI Chapel on Sunday 4th March commencing at 1400.
Dress is as for ANZAC Day, Full Medals.
Names . D. Bowden, J, Strudwick, R. Raymond, W. Pitt. L O'Loughlin, F, Keighley, S, Briggs, T. Wise, E. Smart, F. Walker, B. Ryder. K. McDonald, G. Halley, R, Perryman, R. Barker. R. Jones. C. Lawrence, .C. Laycock.
Now at least 4,are Ex Communicators.
R. Perryman ex Director Navy Communications
B. Ryder. Telegraphist. K. McDonald Telegraphist ,D. Bowden ex CPO Tel/Air Gunner Mentioned in Dispatches.
Also the R Barker is not the Ex Chief Yeoman Bob" Yogi" Barker.
Anyway if attending could you please advise and if coming by private vehicle will need your car rego for Security.
HMAS VOYAGER MEMORIAL SERVICE
The NAA Central Coast is holding a Commemorative Service to remember the fatal loss of HMAS VOYAGER II after the collision with HMAS MELBOURNE on 10th February 1964.
Also to increase public awareness of CPO Jonathon Rogers GC, DSM and the Park which this Service will be held Saturday 11th February 2012, commencing at 12 noon. Parade will step off from the Everglades Country Club Car Park (15 Dunban Road( and proceeds to the Rogers Park, cnr Dunban Road & Ocean Beach Road WOY WOY.
The Sydney Detachment of the RAN Band will be in attendance.
Dress is as for ANZAC Day, Full Medals
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA (NSW)
Thanks Shorty, great to see you back on deck after your operation.
Just a Fair Go Website
“Just a Fair Go” was developed to provide information that would help veterans in their fight for fair indexation of their “self funded superannuation” and to have it protected against the ever increasing cost of living. Whilst this is the biggest issue on the website currently, there are other issues that will be addressed in the near future.
This site was developed to provide a voice for members of the Defence family of our great Nation. The aim is to collate the evidence and present it logically, to assist everyone gain a better understanding of the complexities and issues surrounding military superannuation. You are encouraged to take an active role, by placing real pressure on all politicians to support the fight for fair indexation for military superannuants.
Regular Sitreps are published by the Fair Go team, urging members to send letters or emails direct to politicians at Parliament House and to your local Member.
If you have not registered to receive the latest copies of these Sitreps
you can do so by logging on to
http://www.justafairgo.net/ to register your name and email
If you haven't already received them, follow the Sitreps and read more
details of this very worthy cause by logging on to the website address
Royal Navy CIS Branch Review
information - is this the way of the future?
COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS BRANCH REVIEW - UPDATE
Sponsor: FLEET DNPERS NPT(X) REQM SO1
Reference: RNTM 001/10
1. The purpose of this RNTM is to inform all relevant authorities of the decision by the Naval Board Personnel Change Programme (NBPCP) to transfer the responsibility for Communications and Information Systems afloat, including the management and administration of the CIS and CISSM personnel, to the Weapon Engineering Department.
2. The role, functions and systems support that the CIS/CISSM branch provides is far removed from that which were delivered at inception and whilst a shift has been evident in all branches of Warfare none has been as dramatic as that of CIS. Individual roles within CIS/CISSM have been recognised as being fundamentally different to the roles of equivalent Warfare Branch Operators and it can be argued that CIS/CISSM personnel are often regarded as “somewhat different” by their fellow Warfare ratings with senior management increasingly less familiar of the roles and responsibilities required to deliver the current communications information systems. An information orientated Navy continues the drive towards a capability based delivery function and has required a shift of working practices away from operator to such an extent that in assurance and administrative terms, it sits more closely with the WE department and requires a technical head. Indeed, the roles and responsibilities have increasingly converged over the past few years that in many instances the core professional requirements are very similar.
3. To prove the concept a number of trials have taken place. Initial SSN trials completed in Jan 10 and were subsequently extended under RNTM 001/10. Similarly, HMS ASTUTE adopted the Communications and Information Systems Engineer (CISE) concept at build and this is also being trialled in SSBNs, commencing with HMS VIGILANT post refit. HMS LIVERPOOL and HMS MANCHESTER have also trialled the concept of the management and administration of the CIS sub-branch under the WE Department. The formal Fleet trial in HMS DAUNTLESS will complete in Dec 11 and the ship has already submitted an interim, post BOST, report which was highly encouraging.
5. Units that have taken part in trials have reported unequivocal success, with the WE and IS working together in a unified structure and whilst promoting a feeling of ‘belonging’ amongst CIS ratings it has also enabled a more technical oversight of the delivery of information to the Command. It has been recognised that we are able to maximise operational capability of the communication systems and services through this approach and it is also coherent with the other areas where the WEs provide an assured service to the command (in this case assured information delivery and transmission).
6. Units operating under trial programmes will permanently adopt this way of working, informing the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) on recommendations to assist further implementation across the Fleet. An MDT will convene in the New Year to collate the feedback from surface and sub-surface units in order to:
· Review recommendations from previous and current trials.
· Implement a rolling programme to bring into effect WE responsibility of the CIS branch at sea.
Produce a Fleetwide
implementation plan, under NBPCP governance, linked to the change in
· Identify and discuss future training objectives and career path options.
· Address downstream issues including the provision of a headmark for the future of the CIS branch.
7. This RNTM will be reviewed on 1 Jul ‘12
January 2012 Entries:
Seeking Jimmy Evans - ex RO/LRO
Ken Swain sends:
Just had a call from Cliff Taylor (Class No 1 of 58) asking if I knew the whereabouts of Ex RO/LRO? Jimmy Evans. Jim joined in late 1957 with Bas Cleary, Jim Anderson and Leo Grimmond etc. Jim served with Cliff in commissioning crew of HMAS Gull and was onboard for the trip from UK to Sydney in 1962.
If anyone knows where Jim is now living (or passed away ??) could they please advise Cliff Taylor via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 07 5494 0080.
Gary Swanton sends:
I recently returned from a cruise around New Zealand, and in one of the bars I noticed a crest attached to the wall, upon closer investigation, I found it to be the crest of the W.R.A.N.S. (see photo below) and asked the question how would it have got there.
The following response from Ray Mundy was received: "it was presented to the Captain by the Ex President of the Ex WRANS Association NSW during the 2010 World Cruise. Not positive but think her name was Mariam Jones?"
It also got me wondering, does our association have a plaque available for purchase? I also still think an RANCBA cruise would be a great deal of fun too.
Thanks Gary, Shorty Moffatt had some RANCBA Crests for sale a while back, but I'm not sure how many he has left or whether he is commissioning another run. The crest is mounted on a timber shield and has an engraving plate below it for service details. I have attached a photo of the RANCBA pocket badge, the crest is the same. Perhaps Shorty can give us more information when he is back on deck after surgery.
Vale LCDR Rodney Nott MBE RFD RAN Rtd
Sandy McNab sends:
LCDR Rodney Nott MBE RFD RAN Rtd has crossed the bar.
Bob York sends:
I have just come across the following website which has literally thousands of ship photographs, including warships. I thought this site may be of interest to members who are looking for photographs of "old ships" they have served on.
From what I can gather, the site does not include photos of ships still in commission, otherwise, every ship I searched for was there.
Bill Blinkhorn sends an update on Pedro:
Called in to see Pedro Franklin just after Christmas after reading about his cancer problem. It was great to catch up with Pedro and Sue along with Pedro's mum and son who I hadn't seen for quite a few years. Pedro is certainly in good hands with Sue, she keeps him under control. Had a few laughs especially when Pedro related his encounter with a 'Doc Martin' type doctor while they were out travelling.
It appears they have caught the cancer in its early stages and after treatment should get a good result. Pedro and Sue are very upbeat and have booked a trip in Europe for later this year. Pedro did have a number 1 haircut which I drew his attention to. He told me he is getting ready for the possibility of losing the lot for a while after his next chemo session. Lets all hope for a speedy recovery.
Many thanks Bill, we echo your sentiments.
Barry Appleby sends:
John if you are able to put this on the website for the boys and gals to watch, very interesting and the RAAF are acquiring the F35's and the RAN are acquiring two new ships similar to the USS WASP from Spain, marry the both together and it would replicate this footage.
Fm Phil Roy:
HAPPY NEW YEAR - Hold all emails to Shorty Moffatt who will be Off The Air.
Just to advise could you hold all emails to me from the 10th January, I have a pre operation check that day and on the 16th January go on the table under the knife to remove my prostate which has 4 small cancers. Luckily I picked up early that something ws not right down below and even though my PSA was still low, they did a biopsy and found 4 cancers, and 2 scans have been carried out, and it would appear they have not gone into the bones or the body as yet - I HOPE!!!!
Anyway Ken Swain Vice President and Ray Mundy Secretary will be available for any queries/problems till I am back on the air.
Allan "Shorty" Moffatt OAM
Fm Helen Moffatt 16/1:
Vale Keith Young
It is with great sadness that I have to advise the passing of a long time member of RANCBA. Keith Young passed away on Wednesday 28th December 2011.
Keith served on Corvettes during WWII and joined the RANCB soon after the war and became involved again following its rebirth in the 90's and was also a member of RAN Corvettes Association (Q).
Funeral will be at Metropolitan Funeral Parlor, 57 Bay Terrace Wynnum , 2 pm (B'ne time) Wednesday 4th January 2012.
Condolences can be forwarded to wife Rita Young, 12/7A Copernicus Street, Wynnum West 4178.
Both Alan and I will be attending the funeral and Alan will do the Poppy Service as requested by the family.
Sonja and Alan Hellier