Home' Navy News : September 12th 2013 Contents approve the Naval Board's recommen-
dations for reorganising the force, the
Guard Section was not demobilised
until January 1949.
An interim force was created in
July 1946, made up of ex-RAN mem-
bers of the seagoing forces.
Its success caused the government
to approve the reorganised permanent
force of the NDP in March 1949.
One of Australia's best known
sailors, CPO Claude Choules -- who
was the last WWI combat veteran
when he died in 2011 -- completed his
Navy career with six years in the NDP
The force ceased to be part of
the Auxiliary Services and became a
branch of the RAN in January 1972.
SGT John Miscamble (retd) served
from 1975 to 1983 as a specialist
He said the Naval Shore Patrol
in NSW was responsible for all US
servicemen on rest and recreation in
Sydney. "This was a particularly inter-
esting era," he said.
"We were also responsible for the
safe custody and transporting of all US
offenders for dispatch by air to the US.
"I can remember several instances
of having to return to the airport after
an offender had caused disruption to a
flight, forcing it to return."
Mr Miscamble recalled visiting the
main Sydney police cells every morn-
ing to see if any sailors were held and
advising their ships accordingly.
"Often the police would release
them into our custody to return them to
their ships, thus minimising the risk of
them further offending," he said.
Women became eligible to transfer
to the Naval Police Branch in January
Former constable Susan Ford (now
Smith) was one of the first women to
She started training on January
10, 1983, with two other women, Sue
Branson and Karen Hughes.
"Three females scored in the top
four during training," she said.
"Our duties were varied but includ-
ed security, investigations, liaison with
NSW police, fire training and drug
searches, which were met with quite
"On my first day on the dock gates
in March 1983, the admiral requested a
photo as it was history in the making."
Mrs Smith said the concept of
female naval police was so new that
at the time of completing their course,
their uniforms were still unfinished.
Former WONP Kevin McCarthy
recalled Navy's 75th anniversary in
Sydney where the main attraction was
an open day on USS Missouri.
"I was the dock gates sergeant and
by 10am there was a crowd of about
1500 outside the gates along Cowper
Wharf Road," he said.
"The dockyard was due to open
at 1pm, by which time the crowd had
swelled beyond belief.
"When the gates opened there was
a great rush for Missouri and three
naval police were injured attempting
"It was finally decided to close the
dockyard. Depending on who you talk
to the crowd was estimated at between
In November 1989, another reor-
ganisation caused the naval police and
coxswain categories to be amalgamat-
ed into today's naval police coxswain
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THE Naval Dockyard Police
was formed on July 1, 1913,
when the Royal Naval estab-
lishments around Sydney were
handed over to the RAN.
Royal Marine Light Infantry units
had guarded them since 1867.
Advertisements were placed in all
major newspapers asking for applica-
tions from men 30-45 years old with
at least five-years service in the RN,
RAN or Royal Marines.
As the active service police
employed on board HM Ships at the
time were known as naval police and
apparently "suffered an unsavoury
reputation", it was decided the new
organisation would be titled Naval
Dockyard Police (NDP).
Initially, the NDP had no legislated
powers and as the Naval Board set out
to fix this, WWI started.
Dockyard guard duties were hand-
ed over to members of the RAN Naval
Brigade who were unfit for active ser-
vice while the NDP took on counter-
After WWI, three naval dockyard
policemen at HMAS Cerberus were
sworn in as supernumerary members
of the Victoria Police Force.
All dockyard police in Sydney
were then sworn in as special consta-
bles of the NSW Police Force, giving
them powers of arrest, search and
However, it was not until 1934 that
the Naval Establishment Regulation
101 received Royal Assent and the
NDP became a statutory force.
The outbreak of WWII caused a
rapid expansion of the NDP with the
creation of the NDP Guard Section.
Men applying for this branch were
required to have served on active
service, or five years of peacetime ser-
vice, and be aged between 40-58.
Because the government did not
FORMER Naval Dockyard Police will
hold a reunion at Tweed Heads in NSW
from November 1-3.
A formal dinner is planned for the
night of November 2 and a wreath-lay-
ing ceremony will be held on Novem-
For further details phone Rod Clar-
ey on (07) 5484-1072 or 0409 267 388,
or email email@example.com
This year Naval Police and Coxswains are
celebrating a long and proud centenary of
service, SGT Dave Morley reports.
A century on the beat
READY FOR PATROL: LSNPC Mira Komljenovic and PONPC Stan Waye are prepared for the
International Fleet Review.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
WONPC Shannon-Lee Power, Naval
Police Coxswain Category Manager, said
the International Fleet Review (IFR) would
see the reformation of the Naval Police
Coxswain-manned Naval Shore Patrol.
"They will provide policing and security
support and assistance to visiting navies,
law enforcement agencies and the City of
Sydney authorities," he said.
"Naval police coxswain sailors will be
called upon from all naval establishments
to assist in providing an enhanced service
police capability during this predicted
"NPCs will undergo extensive opera-
tional training before the IFR to ensure
they are fit, safe and ready in all respects
to respond to any incident that may arise."
LOOKING BACK: Naval police on a boat patrol in Cairns (left), outside the HMAS Cerberus front gate (above
left) and on patrol in Shark Cat (above right).
Photos courtesy of former members www.polygonwood.com
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