A memorial service for the late ex-cy John (Trog) Keenan will be held at the Seaford cricket club R F Miles reserve, Seaford road, Seaford at 1pm Friday 21 January

Posted by Gary Swanton It is my sad duty to inform my fellow RANCBA members the sad news of the passing of Chris 'Gags' Gallagher. Gags was an inspirational Signalman, Communicator and a great person. The following reflection of his career has been provided by the current OIC of the Communications School, LCDR Nathan Cole OAM RAN. In keeping with Gags' wishes, there will be no service, it is asked that he is remembered with a beer and stories. VALE Gags Career Reflection by LCDR Nathan Cole OAM RAN I wanted to take the time to reflect on the Naval Career of a mate of mine, LCDR Chris 'Gags' Gallagher who passed away today (12Jan22) after a short but aggressive illness. Gags was a career Communicator and served at the School as a Warrant Officer and Chief Petty Officer. Rest In peace Shipmate. LIEUTENANT COMMANDER C.D. GALLAGHER OAM, RAN, Rtd. Lieutenant Commander Christopher Donald Gallagher joined the Navy via the then Junior Recruit scheme and on completion of basic training he began his career in Communications. On completion of category training he was employed at sea and ashore in communications core tasks working his way through the ranks eventually achieving the rank of Warrant Officer. Sea highlights during this time was the involvement in the Vietnam War that included escort duties to HMAS SYDNEY and in 1971 being embarked in HMAS BRISBANE for the last RAN deployment to Vietnam. Shore highlights included employment in Shore Communications Centres and training roles at the Communications School, HMAS CERBERUS. The years prior to commission he was on the staff of the Maritime Commander and assistant Staff Officer to Commodore Flotillas (COMFLOT). In these positions he was part of the Major Fleet Unit Sea Training Group. He deployed in HMAS DARWIN when COMFLOT acted as the Commander Task Group (CTG) for Damask (I) deployment during the Persian Gulf conflict. On promotion to Lieutenant his first job as an officer was the Staff Officer to Commander Australian Patrol Force (COMAUSPABFOR) based in Cairns where secondary to staff duties he formed part of the Minor War Vessels Sea Training Group. His employment opportunities then included; Operations Officer to the Master Attendant, Sydney, Commanding Officer, Australian Defence Force Recruiting Unit –Townsville where he was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Commander and then to Officer in Charge of Personal Services Organisation Cairns. The diversity of these jobs prepared him for his next role as the Executive Officer, HMAS CAIRNS where he completed two years prior to taking up his appointment as Maritime Surveillance Adviser, Tonga in December 2001. From Tonga he was employed as Staff Officer Reserves in the Director Naval Officer Postings (DNOP). On becoming a Naval Reserve Officer he was again appointed as Executive Officer, HMAS CAIRNS for all of 2005 to release the incumbent for a higher priority position. From 2006 until 2008 he again became full time and performed the duties of Executive Officer Naval Headquarters Tasmania (NHQ TAS). In 2009 & 2012 he was recruited by his former Commanding Officer/s HMAS CAIRNS to fill the roles of Executive Support Officer (HMAS CAIRNS), Staff Officer to Chief Staff Officer Establishments and Deputy Director Navy Cadets. It all came to an end in 2013 where he was employed as Staff Officer Operations for the RAN’s International Fleet Review (IFR), consequently, completing almost 46 years permanent /continuous full time Navy service. When not employed full time he conducted part-time service, thus, having an involvement in the RAN for 50 years. His awards include a Queen’s Birthday Order of Australia Medal, a Commander Australian Naval System Commander (COMAUSNAVSYSCOM) Commendation, a Commodore Warfare (COMWAR) Commendation and a HMAS CAIRNS Commanding Officer Commendation. Additionally, he is in receipt of : Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp VIETNAM; Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp FESR; Australian Service Medal with Clasp KUWAIT; Vietnam Medal; Defence Force Service Medal with First, Second, Third, and Fourth Clasps; National Medal; Australian Defence Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal, and, Returned from Active Service Badge. ...

Sad to inform those who know him that David "Dinga"John Bell RO from 12/3/65 - 11/3/85 passed away yesterday at home with Anne and Jodie, after a short battle with cancer.   He will be sadly missed by us, his family, and by all his RAN Mates.   A private family-only farewell is planned.   Anne and David celebrated their 52nd Anniversary only 6 days ago.   Photo with daughter Jodie at their 50th in Broome in 2020 and including their son Jeremy, who they lost in 2014.   On behalf of Anne and Jodie...

Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) is pleased to announce Austal USA has delivered the future USS Canberra (LCS30) to the United States Navy. The Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the second LCS Austal USA has delivered to the Navy in 2021. Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said the latest LCS delivery was of great interest and significance as the vessel was named after Australia’s national capital, Canberra and was sponsored by Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne. “We were honoured to have Senator Marise Payne lay the keel for the future USS Canberra in March 2020, and now we’re very pleased to be delivering the completed vessel to the Navy, on time and on budget,” Mr Gregg said. “Canberra is the 15th Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship that Austal USA has delivered to the US Navy, since 2010; an outstanding track record for a multi-billion-dollar program, comprising 19 ships in total. The first Canberra (CA 70/CAG 2) was a Baltimore-class cruiser and later a Boston-class guided-missile cruiser of the U.S. Navy. The ship entered service in 1943 and served in the Pacific theater during World War II until she was torpedoed during the Aerial Battle of Taiwan-Okinawa and forced to return to the United States for repairs. After the war, Canberra was placed in reserve for conversion into the U.S. Navy’s second guided missile-carrying warship. Following the conversion, she was host to the ceremony for selecting the Unknown Soldier representing World War II in 1958, undertook an eight-month round-the-world cruise in 1960, participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis naval blockade in 1962, and was deployed to the Vietnam War on five occasions between 1965 and 1969. Canberra was decommissioned in 1970. The LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused warship designed to operate in near-shore environments, while also capable of open-ocean tasking and defeating 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. The LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. The future USS Canberra is the third LCS delivered to the Navy in 2021. USS Savannah (LCS 28) was delivered June 25, and USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) was delivered Nov. 18. ...

Sometime this year, we taxpayers may again receive another 'Economic Stimulus' payment. This is indeed a very exciting program, and I'll explain it by using a Q & A format: Q. What is an 'Economic Stimulus' payment ? A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers. Q. Where will the government get this money ? A. From taxpayers. Q. So the government is giving me back my own money? A. Only a smidgen of it. Q. What is the purpose of this payment? A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a High-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy. Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ? A. Shut up. Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the Australian Economy by spending your stimulus cheque wisely: * If you spend the stimulus money at K-Mart, Big W , Target or the host of $2 shops we have, the money will go to China, Vietnam or Sri Lanka .. * If you spend it on petrol, your money will go to the Arabs. * If you purchase a computer, it will go to India,Taiwan or China ...