Our reunion in Sydney .

I reckon the reunion was a great success! I certainly didn't hear any complaints . The work Brian (Dollbaby) Gray did in it's organisation was superb and is absolutely worthy of commendation . BZ with bells on . Great to see some of my old mates and relive old dreams and past glories . Alan Murgatroyd...

7th April 2022 is the 50th anniversary of the decommissioning of HMAS QUEENBOROUGH (VLNZ). As the last Communicator (ABRO) aboard, I spent the last few weeks destoring the comms department, returning the CBs and other confidential/valuable items. LCDR H.C. Findlay was the Skipper, but I reported to LCDR Graham Rohrsheim DSC, who was the XO. LCDR Rohrsheim had been had been awarded the DFC for his service with the RANHFV Vietnam. A really nice gentleman and a pleasure to work for. Technical advice and help was always on hand from the MSO Staff at HMAS Kuttabul. The team in the MSO were a great help, as I had a couple of challenges. One was to produce a "Gin Pennant" for the Wardroom drinks. I'd never heard of such a thing up until then (I was an RO remember). However, the LTO at Kuttabul (sorry - can't remember his name) was wonderful. He knocked up a Gin Pennant for me in a couple of days. Sadly, on the day it was flown, it rained and the Pennant hung very limply from the yardarm for the remainder of the day. A couple of weeks prior to the Decommissioning, I was piped to the Gangway and met a PO and a couple of "Greenies" from one of the DE / Type 12's. They wanted to knock off some parts from our AN-URT 23-V (HF Transmitter). I told them that I didn't mind what they did to the insides of the Txer, as long as it looked the same on the outside! Then about a week prior to Decommissioning, a Lieutenant and a couple of Petty Officers (SA-C's?) arrived from HMAS NIRIMBA to say that they were going to remove the 23V. When I asked what they were going to do with it, they said that they were taking it to NIRIMBA to use a a "Training Aid". I'm sure that they would have been quite surprised to find that when they opened up the cabinets, they would have found several key components missing. As part of destoring the Ship, I removed the wooden plaque carrying the ship's radio callsign VLNZ from outside the Wireless Office. I showed it to the Chief Shipwright and asked him what I should do with it. He didn't offer any suggestions, so I kept it in my possession for a couple of years and then donated it to the Navy Club in Hobart. Sadly, that Club folded a few years ago and I sometimes wonder what happened to all the Naval memorabilia that lined that walls of that good old club in Davey Street, Hobart. I did hear that some of the memorabilia found a new home at the Anglesea Barracks in Hobart. On the day of decommissioning, I hauled down the Commissioning Pennant and handed it to the Buffer. I thought it was all a bit sad that such a fine ship that had served the Royal Navy in WW2 and the RAN in the post-war years, just went out of service without any fanfare. At least I can say that I remembered the day, fifty years after the event. I must be getting old (JR's do grow up - it just takes a bit more time). Ron ...

Hi to all . Have just been told that Des Vizzard has gone . Details are very sketchy and I have been unable to find any details of funeral arrangements .Des had been crook for quite a while but attended our last Anzac day function in Sydney ,kind of a last hurrah . If anyone knows any more details could they please inform me via this network . He was a great bloke and another of our genuine 'characters' Vale Also , a few weeks ago I asked if anyone had any knowledge of Owen Rogers , and again I received a rather vague phone call saying that he had passed away last year . I cannot get any confirmation of this ,so once again if anyone has any information I would be much obliged to hear from them . He too was a good bloke and an excellent SCO to work with . Alan Murgatroyd ...

Greetings Gents. Mike Charteris here, former EW. This is my first post on the RANCBA. I served aboard HMAS PERTH D38 under, Cheif EW Gary Moon. Our Destroyer was then commanded by Captain Russell Shalders, a good man and a great captain. In my spare time I collect and restore Valve Communications Receivers used by the Navy & Military. I have been an Amateur Radio operator for the past 35 years, and was so when I served in the RAN. As such I have recently acquired a set of MURPHY B41 & B40 Receivers, which were made in England in the 1950's. Its great fun to restore such mamoth Receivers that were used to safeguard the Nation. But I would really love to know a little about what the people thought who operated them in the R.A.N. Thus I was hoping that some of the Forum members might well have used this equipment in the past at sea and ashore. I would very much like to hear from you, be it by way of the forum. Or direct to my email address of mikevk4qs@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you Yours Sincerely Mike Charteris VK4QS ...

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Hi to all. Does anyone in our fraternity know the address or phone number of Owen Rogers ? He was an ord with me in Voyager in 1960 and he was my boss (SCO) in Brisbane '74-75 . (you can work out who had the brains !) . Would like to talk to him if possible . Alan Murgatroyd (murgy@bigpond.com)...

I received this from John Rowe this morning and he asked me to post it on the RANCBA site. This morning we lost a great mate. John Keenan ("Trog" to just about everyone), passed away in his sleep, after a short illness. Trog joined the Navy in the first couple of months of 1961, and was a member (along with Peter Archibald, Gordon Cameron, and myself) of Signals Class T2/61. Later drafts included Melbourne (R21), Cerberus and Vendetta. He left as a CY after 9 years. Trog was a friend to everyone, and will be sorely missed...

Do Not know why my information about Blue Higgins has not been acknowledged. He passed away earlier this year and his Wife Pat informed me of his Passing and He has been acknowledged in the Navy News. So why not here ?...

A big day for all at the home of Communications category training, DFSS-MCISW, HMAS Cerberus with a formal presentation to mark the occasion of the Centenary of Communications Training at HMAS Cerberus. The day commenced with a formal march past comprising of all DFSS-MCISW staff, students and trainees with DCSTC COL Wunsch taking the salute with CO and XO of DFSS and both RSMs also present. All personnel then marched as a formed parade to the base cinema for the formal online presentations. Director General Navy Information Warfare (DGNIW) CDRE Matt Doornbos, RAN and WO-N Deb Butterworth joined in the celebrations online and presented to the gathered audience with both participating in a Q & A session. On completion of the formal presentations, all personnel enjoyed a morning tea and the obligatory cutting of the Centenary of Communications Training at HMAS Cerberus cake. The images provided below will be complemented with official images once they have been cleared for publication. The march past and presentations were captured on video and once I have done the editing, the video will be made available to page members once approved. BZ to all involved with todays event and here's to the next 100 years of CIS training at HMAS Cerberus. ...

G'day, This new look website is great, but most importantly, many thanks John C for your many hours being the webmaster of our "old" web page. Stay safe & take care, Meg Haensel-Fuss...

Good to see the new site up and running. I would like to add to Rod’s BZ and thank John for all his time and effort over the years. A small glitch on the valedictory site in that the photo on the listing for “Robby” Robinson is not Jim Roberts and Robby on Hobart. Stay safe all, Knocker....