The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force, called the Commonwealth Naval Forces. Originally intended for local defence, the navy was granted the title of ‘Royal Australian Navy’ in 1911, and became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.
FRANK McGOVERN – Royal Australian Navy, Able Seaman, Gunner on HMAS Perth (D29) Frank McGovern turned 100 years old in 2019; his journey to that milestone defies all logic. On February 28, 1942, off Java, [Read more]