On This Day
1900-1913 > Federation, RAN and pre-WW1
On This Day - 1900-1913
- May 21, 1913
RADM Sir George Patey, KCVO, RN, was appointed Flag Officer Commanding Australian Squadron. His flagship was HMAS AUSTRALIA, (battle-cruiser).
- May 9, 1913
ADML Sir Victor Alfred Trumper Smith, AC, KBE, CB, DSC, RAN, (1913 – 1998), first graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College to reach the rank of Admiral, was born at Chatswood, NSW.
- May 8, 1913
The Minister for the Navy approved the formation of the Naval Dockyard Police. The initial strength was one Chief Warrant Officer, one Sergeant, nine Senior Constables, and 29 Constables.
- March 1, 1913
Training of the first entrants to the Royal Australian Naval College commenced at Osborne House, Geelong, VIC, under CAPT B. M. Chambers, RN.
HMS PIONEER, (3rd class cruiser), was presented to the Commonwealth of Australia as a gift from the British Admiralty and commissioned into the RAN with a nucleus crew, as tender to HMAS Penguin.
- February 13, 1913
The first entry of cadets to the Royal Australian Naval College arrived at Geelong. The cadets were:-O. E. Albert, N. K. Calder, J. A. Collins, A. D. Conder, E. S. Cunningham, J. C. D. Esdaile, H. B. Farncomb, E. B. Howells, H. A. Mackenzie, J. B. Newman, E. S. Nurse, W. L. Reilly, C. A. R. Sadlier, H. A. Showers, H. J. H. Thompson, H. B, Vallentine, L. L. Watkins, A. J. B. Watts. Collins, Farncomb, and Showers, reached the rank of Admiral.