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November 25, 2010
NAVY will commemorate the
centenary of key historical
events of significance from
Australia's Navy came into being
as the Commonwealth Naval Forces
on March 1, 1901, as a small coastal
In 1909, in response to increasing
international tensions and the recogni-
tion that Australia needed to assume
full responsibility for its broader mari-
time defence, the nation embarked on
a significant naval expansion program.
Its aim was to create a nation-
al navy capable of both defending
Australia's maritime interests and con-
tributing to regional defence.
To reflect this responsibility and
maturity, on July 10, 1911, King
George V approved Australia's request
to have the 'Royal' prefix attached to
the Navy's title.
Australia's new fleet took sever-
al years to build but on October 4,
1913, the powerful flagship HMAS
Australia I led a force of cruisers and
destroyers into Sydney Harbour for the
The Australian fleet was greeted by
thousands of cheering citizens lining
the foreshores in a moment of great
national pride and importance, recog-
nised as a key symbol of Australia's
progress to nationhood.
Less than a year later, as war
loomed, the fleet was completed with
Celebrating our history
the arrival of Australia's first sub-
marines. The RAN went on to play
a full and active part in defeating or
deterring forces which threatened our
national maritime interests during
World War I.
Proposed commemorative events to
promote the RAN's service to the
Commemoration of the granting of
the 'Royal' prefix on July 10, 1911,
with a reception in Sydney in July
Commemoration of the first RAN
fleet entry into Sydney Harbour
with an International Fleet Review
in Sydney in October 2013.
Celebration of 100 years of RAN
submarine service in early 2014.
Commemoration of RAN opera-
tions in New Guinea and the loss
of AE1 in September 2014.
Commemoration of the ANZEF
troop convoy departure from
Albany in November 2014.
Commemoration of the HMAS
Sydney I -- SMS Emden battle at
Cocos Islands in November 2014.
STS Young Endeavour world voy-
age in 2015 inv olving youths from
Australia and New Zealand and
engaging youths in Turkey in April
Commemoration of Navy support
to the Gallipoli landings and the
loss of AE2 in April 2015.
HMAS Australia I
NATIONAL PRIDE: HMAS
Australia I, the RAN's powerful
flagship and a source of great
national pride. INSET: The doc-
ument that granted Royal Title
to the RAN.
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