HMS Encounter served on the Australia Station and was later commissioned into the RAN. She played a vital role in defence of the eastern coast of Australia, and the anti raider patrols in the South West Pacific. She was regarded as “more beloved than any other unit of our fleet”.
I FEEL THAT THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY of the Royal Australian Navy should not be allowed to slip away without brief mention of the operations carried out by the Navy in […]
ONE OF THE SPOILS from the capture of the German New Guinea colonies in 1914 was the steam yacht Komet. Built in 1911 as the Government yacht for the colonies, […]
THE HISTORY OF WORLD naval aviation began, tentatively, in the lighter-than-air era. As far back as November 1861, during the American Civil War, the Union Army Ã¢â‚¬â€œ employing maritime techniques Ã¢â‚¬â€œ released the Washington balloon from a remodelled coal barge, the G.W. Parke Curtis, to observe the enemy at BuddÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ferry.
The former German yacht, HMAS UNA, (ex KOMET), was sold out of service to the Port Melbourne Pilot Service and renamed AKUNA. She remained in the pilot service until 1953.
The sloop HMAS UNA, (CAPT H. R. Jackson, RN), and the French gunboat KERSAINT, arrived at Malekula to mount a punitive expedition against rebellious natives. During the operations seven police […]
LEUT D. T. M. Powles, RANR, commanding the captured German schooner HASAG, took nine German POWs, and confiscated arms in the Kavieng area. HASAG was captured by the sloop HMAS […]
HMAS UNA became the first Australian warship to carry aircraft when she transported two aircraft, and their pilots, from Sydney to New Guinea. The aircraft were not used because the […]
HMAS MELBOURNE, (cruiser), entered the Mediterranean on passage to the West Indies Station. The first naval aviation unit was despatched from Point Cook, VIC, to embark in HMAS UNA for […]
The sloop HMAS UNA, (CMDR J. M. Jackson, RN), was commissioned. UNA, (as KOMET), was laid down in Vulkan Vegesack Yard, Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1911.