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WITH a great-grandfather who
served in HMAS Melbourne I and
a father who served in HMAS
Melbourne II, SMNCSO James Levy
has continued the family tradition
by serving in HMAS Melbourne III
(CMDR Michael Harris).
Twenty-year-old SMNCSO James
Levy is the fourth generation of his
family to serve in the RAN, which has
served continuously since 1913, just
two years after the establishment of
the Navy on July 10, 1911.
SMNCSO Levy said it was a natu-
ral decision for him to follow in his
"At this stage, the Navy is the
career for me. I'm enjoying my job
and learning heaps," SMNCSO Levy
"Before I joined the Navy, I
thought it was all about getting paid to
travel the world, however, after almost
a year in Melbourne, and mid-way
through pre-deployment work-ups, I
have had some very 'tired' days before
getting to travel anywhere."
The Levy family's RAN his-
tory spans 74 years and began with
SMNCSO Levy's great-grandfather
Jack Levy, who enlisted as a sick berth
attendant on August 11, 1913.
Jack served in HMA Ships
Encounter I, Adelaide I and Cerberus.
He was awarded the Member of
the British Empire (MBE) and Emden
medals for his service on board HMAS
Sydney I when she sank German light
cruiser Emden on November 9, 1914.
In 1934, Jack gained his commis-
sion as a ward master. Following his
transfer to the naval reserves in 1954,
he was promoted to lieutenant com-
SMNCSO Levy's great-uncle, Jack
Jr Levy, joined the RAN as a boy sea-
man on July 4, 1939.
He rose to the rank of lieuten-
ant commander and served in Korea,
Malaya, the Red Sea, Mediterranean
and the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Jack Jr also served in HMA Ships
Platypus I, Australia I, Vengeance and
On August 31, 1945 Jack Jr was
on board HMAS Hobart I when the
Japanese surrendered in Tokyo Bay.
Like his father Jack Levy, Jack Jr
was recognised with a MBE medal
before he retired from full-time service
in September, 1987.
Jack Jr continued serving in the Far
East Strategic Reserve (FESR) as a
gunnery officer in Battle class destroy-
ers HMAS Anzac II and HMAS
David (Ike) Levy, SMNCSO
Levy's grandfather, joined the Navy as
a naval stores assistant in March 1952.
In just six years, Ike served in
HMA Shps Platypus I, Vengeance,
Tobruk I, Rushcutter, Melville
and Cerberus. He also served in
the RAN Fleet Air Arm (723 and
805 Squadrons), before retiring in
This year on May 27, Ike host-
ed the FESR Navy Association
Australia's 55th anniversary reun-
ion, held at Coolangatta Twin Towns
Services Club in Queensland.
SMNCSO Levy's father, Phillip
Levy, kept the tradition afloat by join-
ing the RAN's gunnery branch in May,
Phillip saw service in HMA Ships
Swan II, Derwent and Melbourne II.
Phillip retired from service as a
leading seaman quartermaster gunner
in May, 1987.
Picking up where his father left
off 23 years ago, SMNCSO Levy has
revived the family's proud RAN lega-
cy and is preparing for a Gulf deploy-
"I am really looking forward to
Melbourne's upcoming deployment.
This will be my first time 'crossing the
line', so I am pretty excited," he said.
TRADITION UPHELD: SMNCSO James Levy is
continuing a family tradition by serving in HMAS
Melbourne. Both his great-grandfather and father
served in Melbourne I and II respectively.
Photo courtesy HMAS Melbourne
SNOW-CAPPED Olympic Mountains
were the backdrop for HMAS Newcastle
(CMDR Justin Jones) at the recent
Canadian Naval Forces' Centennial cel-
ebrations and International Fleet Review.
Proudly representing the RAN,
Newcastle arrived in Esquimalt, Canada on
June 9 for a five-day port visit.
Celebrations included welcome recep-
tions, sports tabloids, a fireworks display
and rock concert, and culminated in an
International Fleet Review at Royal Roads
on June 12.
Thousands of onlookers lined the shore
line of Esquimalt Lagoon to view the
spectacle of ships from Canada, Japan,
Australia, New Zealand, France and the
The US Navy's 333-metre-long aircraft
carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, paraded at
anchor alongside 19 ships eagerly awaiting
the Fleet Review ship, HMCS Algonquin,
and her VIP passengers, including Her
Excellency Michaelle Jean, Governor-
Newcastle's Canadian carnival
General of Canada, the Canadian
Chief of Defence Staff and Canadian
Chief of Navy.
All were treated to the Canadian
Forces Skyhawks parachute demon-
stration, a Sea King helicopter fly
past and a deafening finale from the
Canadian Forces snowbirds.
Newcastle is now participating in
PARTY TIME: HMAS Newcastle, pic-
tured here in Sydney, recently partici-
pated in the Canadian Naval Forces'
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