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Pride of the nation
100th anniversary special
NAVY celebrated 100 years
of faithful service since
receiving the Royal prefix
on July 10, 1911, with
a range of activities across the
Chief of Navy VADM Ray
Griggs said the Navy had played a
valuable role in the formation of the
Australian nation since King George
V approved the 'Royal Australian
Navy' title and all sailors should be
proud of this service.
Commemorations for the 100th
year began as far back as February 3
with the launch of a silver commem-
orative coin in Perth. A weekend of
celebrations on July 8-10 featured an
RAN Band recital on July 10.
VADM Griggs officially opened
the 'Pride of the Nation' exhibition at
Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance
on July 8. Drawing extensively from
Heritage Collection, the exhibition
follows the formation and endurance
of Australia's oldest service over 100
VADM Griggs said the centenary,
like few other events, was a moment
for sailors to reflect on and to be
proud of their service to the nation.
"This anniversary celebrates the
name we have carried for a hundred
years. It touches the heart of our ser-
vice and reminds us that we are not
alone as we face the challenges of
service at sea," VADM Griggs said.
"We are part of a great tradition
and are justly proud of it. We must
guard that which is central to what
we are but be adaptable enough to
embrace the future with an open
VADM Griggs said the Navy was
an important part of the maritime
fabric of Australia. "We should be
enormously proud of what we and
our forebears have built in this great
national institution," he said.
"We cannot create the future
force without understanding and
valuing our past. It is where we
have come from, and the values and
courage of those who have gone
before should inspire us to succeed
into the future."
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
also played a central role in ceremo-
Ms Bryce attended a reception at
Admiralty House in Sydney, before
travelling to St Mary's Anglican
Church in Brisbane to unveil the
Foundation Stone, a naval memorial,
on July 10.
SMNBM Daniel Fry, of HMAS
Launceston, said he was proud to
serve in the RAN.
He said the Navy had taught him
everyday life skills and core job skills
as a weapons expert in such a short
"I'm serving my country in the
best way possible, while setting up
a stable career to ensure a promising
future for myself," SMN Fry said.
"I've made some great mates
that I will have for life and have had
the chance to travel to places I have
never been to, all the while earning
In another highlight, an RAN
contingent of Australia's Federation
Guard (AFG) had the unique privi-
lege of participating in an all RAN
catafalque party on July 6 at the
Australian War Memorial.
Usually, the closing ceremony of
the Australian War Memorial is con-
ducted by members of all services.
AFG Navy Divisional Officer
LEUT Adam Simeoni said the mem-
bers performed a flawless presenta-
tion. "It has been an honour for the
RAN members and they greatly
appreciated the opportunity," he said.
Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs pays tribute
to a 'great national institution'
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100 years on, Navy has new face
Photo courtesy the Australian War Memorial
Quentin Bryce, AC
THE HISTORY of Australia is shaped
by the service of the men and
women of the Royal Australian
Navy who uphold the traditions of
their predecessors, through bravery
and resilience and a century of ser-
vice and sacrifice.
As a young nation bound by
sea, the development of our mari-
time service was officially recog-
nised when King George V granted
the 'Royal' title to the 10-year-old
Commonwealth Naval Forces on
July 10, 1911; acknowledging their
growth and a nation that had come
Australia's fleet grew and
during World War I the RAN made
a significant and crucial contribu-
tion to allies who drew on our dis-
cipline and youthful confidence.
Our officers and sailors continue
to serve with the same spirit, cour-
age and will that have defined our
Navy across the past 100 years.
This year the RAN rapidly and
skilfully responded to Australians
in need following the devastating
floods and cyclone in Queensland;
and every day our fleet continues
to protect our borders and engage
in operations across the world with
professional skill, dedication and
As Commander-in-Chief, I com-
mend the Service for its commit-
ment to safeguarding our values
and our way of life. It is with pleas-
ure and great pride I share in the
celebrations of the 100th anniver-
sary of the Royal Australian Navy
with all Australians.
I salute you on a memorable
occasion in your proud history.
CPL ZENITH KING
STRONG MESSAGE: Chief
of Navy VADM Ray Griggs
addresses the audience
at the 'A Naval Salute'
concert and, inset, chats
to veteran Allen Guthrie,
who served in HMA
Ships Sydney I, Perth I
and Australia. Photos: ABIS
David McMahon, LSIS Paul
WE thought we would do something special for the front
page of this special liftout.
By superimposing a current female sailor in the place of one
of the male HMAS Canberra sailors who featured in the original
1939 photograph 'Happy Sailors' (left), we wanted to show just
how much the face of Navy has changed in 100 years.
The inclusion of ABSTD Chantell Bianchi (pictured right
at HMAS Kuttabul) recognises the valuable contribution by
women in today's Navy.
Having first entered in 1941, women now make up more than
19 per cent of the Navy and are increasingly pushing into the sen-
ior ranks. Women began serving at sea in 1984 and are now fully
integrated on all ships, submarines and aircraft.
"Being in the Navy has totally changed my life in the best
way. I have a great career," ABSTD Bianchi said.
"I am proud to be in the Navy. In a small way, I think I've
made a difference."
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