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Plaque 2 : 28-December-2015
Plaque 2 : 28-December-2015

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The monument commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm.

The Fleet Air Arm, formerly known as the Australian Navy Aviation Group, is one of the Forces within Fleet Command. It brings together all the key elements which provide the RAN with its aviation force and provides the Naval Aviation capabilities required to fight and win at sea, and to contribute to military support operations.

In April 1944 the Australian Prime Minister John Curtin, approached the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill for England's help to establish a Fleet Air Arm. The British Prime Minister was eager to accommodate. The process was initially thwarted by a lack of naval manpower, political indecision and financial bickering.

Finally in July 1947 the Commonwealth Defence Council approved the formation of the Fleet Air Arm under the control of the Royal Australian Navy. Prime Minister Ben Chifley approved the acquisition of two light fleet carriers from the UK and in August cabinet approval was given for the light fleet carriers, two naval air stations and three air groups.

In April 1948 King George VI approved the names Sydney (III) and Melbourne (II) for the carriers and Albatross for the RAN Air Station at Nowra.


Address:489A Albatross Road, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra Hill, 2540
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.9369
Long: 150.55444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Approx. Event Start Date:1948
Approx. Event End Date:1998


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1998
Front Inscription
     The Tenix Group
is proud to sponsor this monument
commemorating the 50th anniversary
             of the
     Fleet Air Arm
     1948 - 1998


Inscription in Proximity

Fleet Air Arm 

Was Established
   By The 
Fleet Air Arm Association
Of Australia

To Celebrate The
Golden Jubilee Of The
R.A.N. Fleet Air Arm
1948 - 1998


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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