The Museum Picture Gallery Index shows the museum and its grounds, together with images of some of the ceremonial and social events we hold there each year.
The Exercises and Operations page recalls the work our sailors do, both in training and on the front line.
Shore Bases are essential to the navy. Even America's nuclear powered aircraft carriers have to dock sometime.
The Submarine Service is one of the oldest and most important components of our navy.
The Fleet Air Arm officially started in 1947, but our navy was in the air as early as 1918.
The Aircraft Carrier Index lists all of the ships, big and small, that come equipped with an aircraft as part of their kit.
Australia's navy deployed Cruisers before warships were armed with missiles, so this index looks back at some of our original, and most powerful capital ships.
A Destroyer was originally a fast, maneuverable long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group, and to defend them from attack. As such they had to be versatile, because an attack can come from the air, from another surface ship or from a submarine.
Frigates were, back in the days of sail, a ship with a single line of guns, whereas a larger ship of the line would have three of four gun decks. In the period following the Second World War, frigates were ships with a single battlefield purpose. From the late 1940's through to the '60's and '70's, Australia had a strong squadron of Anti-submarine frigates.
Today, we have Anzac Class Frigates that are versatile weapon systems capable of engaging against aircraft, surface ships or submarines, and we are building specialized air-warfare destroyers. The definitions of Frigate and Destroyer have reversed their meanings over the last fifty years.
ALL members of the public are invited to join the Nepean Naval and Maritime Museum. You do not have to have served in the Royal Australian Navy, an allied navy or the Merchant Marine.
All are welcome.
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The Nationhood Index details the flags and symbols of our Nation and our Constitutional system of government. It shows what we were defending.
The Music Index focuses on the Royal Australia Navy Band (not only marches and ceremonial music) but also includes some fabulous clips from the US military and from civilian musicians.
Weapons are fairly obviously what this index is about. For this one we are up at the sharp end.
Australia built sixty Corvettes during WW2. They were officially classified as mine-sweepers to conceal their state of the art anti-submarine capabilities.
Landing Ships are critical to the navy's ability not only to deliver troops and military equipment to war zones, but also, and more frequently, to deliver relief personnel and supplies to disaster zones where there are no proper port facilities.
Minesweepers perform important work by keeping the sea lanes safe for both military and civilian shipping.
Patrol Boats do important work guarding Australia's vast coastline.
General Purpose Vessels are the "dog's body work horses" of the Royal Australian Navy. They do overwhelmingly important work, but hardly anyone notices.
This Foreign Forces Index contains (hopefully) interesting material from our friends and allies.
Colonial Navies Index were the coastal defense forces developed independently in each of the Colonies, and which merged into the RAN once it came into existence.
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