On This Day
On This Day – 2020-to Present
- March 30, 2020
WO Agnes ‘Lennie’ Maiden, the first woman to be promoted to the highest rank as a senior sailor passed away aged 82. WO Maiden served in the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) for nearly 29 years, from 1956 until 1984
- January 19, 2020
VADM David Willoughby Leach who served as Chief of Naval Staff from 1982 to 1985 passed away aged 91. VADM Leach joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1942 at the age of 13 and during his career he served on HMA Ships Australia II, Murchison, Arunta I and Melbourne II and commanded Vendetta II and Perth II.
- January 4, 2020
Amphibious ship HMAS Choules arrived in Western Port, Victoria having evacuated 1117 residents and holidaymakers from Mallacoota, after the devastating New Year’s Eve bushfires