Emotional Gift for Naval Heritage Centre
The Naval Heritage Centre at Garden Island has received a deeply emotional and historic gift. November 28 represented another proud day in Navy's long history of service. The Chief of Navy signed and donated a copy of "Celebrating 100 Years of Pride in the Fleet" to the Naval Heritage Centre. Former and visiting Navy personnel have been invited to sign their names in the centre's copy to be preserved through the ages amongst a wonderful collection of Navy artefacts and stories.
The Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs was the first to sign the Naval Heritage Centre's copy, followed by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett. The launch and signing of this spectacular book preceded the commissioning of the Royal Australian Navy's biggest and newest warship, HMAS Canberra.
It is only fitting that "Celebrating 100 Years of Pride in the Fleet" was launched on the historic occasion of the commissioning of Navy's largest ever ship. This spectacular book focuses on the proud history of the Australian fleet. It was initially inspired by the images captured by Navy Photographers covering the International Fleet Review in Sydney last year, and the IFR is a key focus of the publication. However, the book has grown to include a rare and substantial offering of spectacular photographs and articles that tell the broader story of Navy, its establishments and the fleet.
The book provides 271 pages of colour and tribute for all those officers
and sailors who served Australia in RAN. With forewords by former Chief
of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs (now Vice Chief of the Defence Force);
current Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett; and Warrant Officer
of the Navy, Martin Holzberger, this coffee table sized book brings
together the work of Navy Photographers and historians to deliver a
remarkable account of Navy.
Part of all funds raised from book sales go to support the work of Keeping Watch, a charity dedicated to providing assistance to serving members of the Royal Australian Navy and their families who are in financial need.