Ian Pfennigwerth: Don’t forget our Navy

Posted on: Mon 16 Apr 2018

The Royal Australian Navy: A proud history deserving of recognition.

Some colonial politicians were sceptical about Australia’s need for a Navy of our own – we were paying the British to retain their Navy here for our protection. Naval historian, Ian Pfennigwerth (Captain RAN Ret’d), takes us on a voyage of discovery through our Navy’s history.

It’s a fitting reminder of the overwhelmingly important role our RAN has played during all conflicts from WW1 onward.

We learn a lot about our Navy – things that  not many people have heard about – including a Navy unit who drove teams of horses and built bridges, and that at one time we relied on the Imperial Japanese Navy for protection!  Shocked?  So were we!

Interviewer Helen Meyer

Main Photo: WW1 Troops and Australian nurses departing in the troopship HMAT Euripides, Melbourne May 1916 (AWM PB0381 copyright expired)

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