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Two plaques on plinths commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy and those who lost their lives in RAN service.

At an Imperial Conference held in 1909, it was decided to deploy to Australian waters a naval unit consisting of at least a battle cruiser, three second class cruisers, six destroyers, three submarines and a number of auxiliaries. The first units of this Navy, the destroyers, HMA Ships Yarra and Parramatta, reached Australian waters in November 1910 and in the following year on 10 July 1911, His Majesty King George V granted the title of 'Royal Australian Navy' to the Commonwealth Naval Forces.

Location

Address:Rockingham Beach & Governor Roads, Naval Memorial Park, East Rockingham, 6168
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.261944
Long: 115.746667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th December, 2011
Front Inscription
 ( Plinth 1)

IN MEMORY OF ALL OUR SHIPMATES
WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE
AND NOW REST IN THE BOSOM
OF THE GREAT MARINER
LEST WE FORGET
CELEBRATING 100 years
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY

(Plinth 2)
1911 Celebrating 100 years  2011

THEY HAVE NO GRAVE
BUT THE CRUEL SEA
NO FLOWERS AT THEIR HEAD
A RUSTING HULK IS THEIR TOMBSTONE
AFAST ON THE OCEAN BED
THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD
AS WE WHO ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
LEST WE FORGET

 
Source: DVA
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