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Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy
Military unit
Unit nameRoyal Australian Navy
Founded1911 � Present
CountryAustralia Australia
Part ofAustralian Defence Force
MarchRoyal Australian Navy
Anniversaries10 July
EngagementsWorld War I
World War II
Korean War
Malayan Emergency
Indonesian Confrontation
Vietnam War
Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Chief of the Defence ForceAir Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC, AFC
Chief of NavyVice Admiral Russell Crane AO, CSM
Deputy Chief of NavyRear Admiral Trevor Jones AM, CSC
Commander Australian FleetRear Admiral Steve Gilmore AM, CSC

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force: the Commonwealth Naval Forces. Originally intended for local defence, the navy was granted the title of 'Royal Australian Navy' in 1911, and became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.

Britain's Royal Navy continued to support the RAN and provide additional blue-water defence capability in the Pacific up to the early years of World War II. Then, rapid wartime expansion saw the acquisition of large surface vessels and the building of many warships and patrol boats. In the decade following the war the RAN acquired a small number of aircraft carriers, the last of these, HMAS Melbourne paying off in 1982.

Today, the RAN is one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the Pacific region, with a significant presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions.

The current Chief of Navy is Vice Admiral Russell Crane. He was appointed to this position on 4 July 2008, relieving Vice Admiral Russ Shalders.

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The Royal Australian Navy's last aircraft carrier, the Majestic class HMAS Melbourne (R21). Originally planned for the Royal Navy as the HMS Majestic, the ship was never commissioned into the Royal Navy and construction was suspended until she was bought for the Royal Australian Navy in 1947, entering service in the RAN in 1955. From 1955 to her decommissioning in 1982, she carried several generations of RAN Fleet Air Arm aircraft, including de Havilland Sea Venoms, Fairey Gannets, S-2 Trackers, A-4 Skyhawks, Bristol Sycamores, and Westland Wessex and Sea Kings. The Melbourne was involved in two collisions with friendly ships during her career. In 1964 she collided with the HMAS Voyager, killing 82 of the Voyager's crew. In 1969 she hit the USS Frank E. Evans and 74 US Navy sailors were killed. Don't blame me if you don't like the music, I didn't put it on this video.
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Scenes of the jungle fight against terrorism in which British, Australian and Malayan troops took part. Royal Navy helicopters transported personnel and wounded soldiers. Also seen according to a viewer a Malaya Field Marshall and a general. Towards the end Malaya's first Prime Minister. See my other clips on Malaysia.
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Australia buys scrapped UK landing ship to strengthen its navy - British Forces News Tweet this news
British Forces News--The UK has sold the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Largs Bay to the -Royal Australian Navy- to boost its amphibious capability in 2012. The Australian government paid the UK for £65 million, fending off competition from Brazil, Chile and - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 12:51:43 GMT+00:00
Last ship built on Tyneside set for Australia - ChronicleLive Tweet this news
ChronicleLive--The ship has already been inspected by an Australian contractor, and will undergo sea trials before entering service with the -Royal Australian Navy- in 2012. The 580ft troop and supplies carrier is one of a number of ships axed in a Govern - Date : Sat, 09 Apr 2011 12:32:23 GMT+00:00
Australia hands task force command to France - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--Over the past six months, the -Royal Australian Navy- team has planned and executed operations conducted by ships and aircraft attached to what's called Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). Australian Navy Commodore Greg Sammut passed comma - Date : Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:49:20 GMT+00:00
Navy to buy used British landing ship - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--The -Australian Navy- has acquired a new large ship from the United Kingdom to help overcome its lack of heavy transport ships. The near-new ship will be brought to Australia at the end of the year and be ready for operations early in 2012. .. - Date : Wed, 06 Apr 2011 01:59:38 GMT+00:00
Australian admiral calls time on drunken sailors - AFP Tweet this news
AFP--"I will be looking to improve our testing procedures in all -Royal Australian Navy- ships and establishments," he said. "If we need to test 100 percent of our people, then this will be done." With the report into t - Date : Thu, 24 Mar 2011 05:45:00 GMT+00:00
Australia hands over command of Combined Task Force 150 to the French - Australian Department of Defence Tweet this news
Australian Department of Defence--The Australian command of coalition maritime operations in support of counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf region of the Middle East has passed to the French Navy. Commodore Greg Sammut of the -Royal Australian Navy- - Date : Wed, 06 Apr 2011 03:41:32 GMT+00:00
Air Force Skyhawks destined for museums - Tweet this news JETS: Two Skyhawks, one single-seat and one two-seat, will go to the Air Force Museum at Wigram, one to the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland and another to the -Royal Australian Navy- Fleet Arm Museum at Nowra, Australi - Date : Wed, 06 Apr 2011 03:54:51 GMT+00:00
Australian minister in UK for Largs Bay - Defence Management Tweet this news
Defence Management--Australian defence minister Stephen Smith is to use an official visit to Europe to pursue the lease of RFA Largs Bay to the -Royal Australian Navy-. Smith is in Brussels for a NATO/ISAF meeting of defence ministers, but will also visit - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:31:56 GMT+00:00
Man injured after cherry-picker falls over on a naval ship docked in Henderson - Perth Now Tweet this news
Perth Now--Emergency services personnel were called to the Australian Marine Complex in Quill Way just after 10am amid reports a man was trapped under the cherry-picker aboard the -Royal Australian Navy- ship, HMAS Warramunga. The man has suffered a leg i - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 04:03:49 GMT+00:00
Set my focus on Eternity! - Christian Today -- Australia Tweet this news
Christian Today -- Australia--The track is aptly named after a young 18 year old sailor and local hero, Ordinary Seaman Edward 'Teddy' Sheehan of the -Royal Australian Navy- who served on the HMAS Armidale during the Second World War. HMAS Armid - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:15:05 GMT+00:00

Fleet : Current ships
Image Class/Name Type Number Entered service Details
  Anzac class Frigate 8 1996 Anti-submarine and anti-aircraft frigate with 1 S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. Two more were built for the Royal New Zealand Navy
  Adelaide class Frigate 4 1985 Anti-submarine and anti-aircraft frigate with 2 Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters. Two more ships were decommissioned in 2005 and 2008.
  Armidale class Patrol boat 14 2005 Coastal defence, maritime border, and fishery protection
  Huon class Minehunter 6 1997 Minehunting
  Collins class Submarine 6 2000 Anti-shipping, intelligence collection. Diesel-electric powered
  Kanimbla class Amphibious transport 2 1994 Troop and helicopter transport (Westland Sea King and S-70A-9 Black Hawk). Modified from the United States Navy's Newport class tank landing ships
  Balikpapan class Landing Craft Heavy 6 1971 Light lift amphibious transport. Two more were transferred to the fledgling Papua New Guinea Defence Force in 1975.
  Leeuwin class Survey ship 2 2000 Hydrographic survey
  Paluma class Survey launch 4 1989 Hydrographic survey
    Landing Ship Heavy 1989 Heavy sealift and transport. Modified Round Table class.
    Replenishment ship 1986 Replenishment at sea and afloat support. Modified Durance class.
    Replenishment ship 2006 Replenishment at sea and afloat support. Modified commercial tanker.

Officer ranks :
Flag Officers
O-11 Admiral of the Fleet
O-10 Admiral
O-9 Vice Admiral
O-8 Rear Admiral
O-7 Commodore
Senior Officers
O-6 Captain
O-5 Commander and Navy Chaplain
Junior Officers
O-4 Lieutenant Commander
O-3 Lieutenant
O-2 Sub Lieutenant
O-1 Acting Sub Lieutenant
S-1 Midshipman

Non-commissioned ranks :
Warrant Officers
E-9 Warrant Officer of the Navy
E-9 Warrant Officer
Senior Non-commissioned Officers
E-8 Chief Petty Officer
E-6 Petty Officer
Junior Non-commissioned Officers
E-5 Leading Seaman
E-3 Able Seaman
E-2 Seaman

Royal Australian Navy

ComponentsFleet Air Arm * Submarine Service * Patrol Boat Group * Clearance Diving Teams * Naval Reserve
HistoryProcurement programme
Ships and AircraftCurrent fleet * All ships * Aircraft
OtherBases * Naval College * Navy memorial * Museum * Australian White Ensign

AU Australian Defence Force

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