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The Royal Australian Navy Memorial is dedicated to all those who have served in the Royal Australia Navy and was unveiled by the Queen on the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Navy in 1901.

Also known as `Sailors and Ships - Interaction and Interdependence` this memorial reflects the mutual dependence of sailors and their ships. Bronze figures feature in the memorial and convey the daily activities associated with naval life, while the geometric forms, such as an anchor chain, depict elements of a ship. The torrents of moving water complement the dynamic force of the work.

On 10 July 1911 the Commonwealth Naval Forces were renamed the Royal Australian Navy. The role of the Navy was to provide for the defence of Australia and to cooperate with broader Empire interests. During the First and Second World Wars, the Navy showed the Australian people the importance of naval forces to a maritime nation. Serving on all oceans of the world, the Royal Australian Navy suffered heavy casualties. The Navy served with distinction during the Malayan Emergency and also in the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars. Australia`s Navy has made a significant contribution to peace operations in the Middle East, Somalia, Cambodia, Bougainville and East Timor.

Location

Address:ANZAC Parade, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.284335
Long: 149.146134
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Ante Dabro in collaboration with Lester Firth and Associates and Robert Woodward
Link:http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 3rd March, 1986
Front Inscription

THIS NATIONAL NAVAL MEMORIAL, DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE SERVING AS PERMANENT OR RESERVE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY, WAS UNVEILED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ON 3 MARCH 1986, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY.

THE MEMORIAL IS THE NATION`S TRIBUTE TO THE BRAVE AND DEVOTED MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE CREATED THE NAVAL HERITAGE OF AUSTRALIA AND TO THOSE WHO ARE CONTINUING THAT TRADITION.

Left Side Inscription

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
CAMPAIGN AND BATTLE HONOURS

INDIAN OCEAN 1941-45
SABANG 1944
SUNDA STRAIT 1942
BURMA 1944-45
CORAL SEA 1942
LEYTE GULF 1944
NEW GUINEA 1942-44
LINGAYEN GULF 1945
GUADALCANAL 1942-43
OKINAWA 1945
SAVO ISLAND 1942
KOREA 1950-53
NORTH AFRICA 1942-43
SICILY 1943
VIETNAM 1967-71

Back Inscription

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY MEMORIAL.

On 10 July 1911 the Commonwealth Naval Forces were renamed the Royal Australian Navy. The role of the Navy was to provide for the defence of Australia and to cooperate with broader Empire interests. During the First and Second World wars, the Navy showed the Australian people the importance of naval forces to a maritime nation.

Serving on all oceans of the world, the RAN suffered heavy casualties but proved its fighting capacity in a number of crucial battles. The Navy served with distinction during the Malayan Emergency and also in the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars.

Australia`s Navy has made a significant contribution to peace operations in the Middle East, Somaloa, Cambodia, Bougainville and East Timor. Also known as `Sailors and Ships - Interaction and Interdependance` this memorial, by Ante Dabro in collaboration with Lester Firth and Associates and Robert Woodward, reflects the mutual dependence of sailors and their ships.

Bronze figures feature in the memorial and convey the daily activities associated with naval life, while the geometric forms, such as an anchor chain, depict elements of a ship. The torrents of moving water complement the dynamic force of the work.

Right Side Inscription

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
CAMPAIGN AND BATTLE HONOURS

EMDEN 1914
MALTA CONVOYS 1941-42
DARDANELLES 1915-6
MATAPAN 1941
ATLANTIC 1939-45
GREECE 1941
ENGLISH CHANNEL 1939-45
CRETE 1941
MEDITERRANEAN 1940-45
BISMARCK 1941
CALABRIA 1940
KORMORAN 1941
SPADA 1940
PACIFIC 1941-45
LIBYA 1940-42

Source: MA,NC,SKP
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