Nepean Naval and Maritime Museum

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Sandy Brennan Memorial Reserve 40-42 Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith.

Due to the current Covid 19 epidemic, the museum will be closed until further notice.

John Vickers
John Vickers
Musuem Secretary
Phone 0412 678 339

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.
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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.

Please print out this form. and take it along to the museum.

Pages documenting the establishment of the museum building originally as a home base for the TS Nepean in the early to mid 1980's have been added to the T.S. Nepean Cadet Index.

The Military Justice System, especially the Naval Police, formally the Naval Dockyard Police, and the  1st MCE Holsworthy, is important to members of the Nepean Blue Mountains Sub-Section because two of our members served in various duties within the system.
The Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) was the women's branch of the Royal Australian Navy between 1941 and 1985.  The Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service was formed in 1948 and merged into the RAN at the same time as the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service.

The Royal Navy was the parent of the Royal Australian Navy.  For more than half a century the Australian Navy and the Royal navy flew the same flag.  The idea of painting a red kangaroo on the funnels of Australian Ships grew out of the frustration that arose from other navies assuming that the RAN ship were English.  Even today, flying our own White Ensign, the RAN and the RN maintain a close working relationship.

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Garry Harward
Garry Harward
Museum Curator

This News Index has been set up because our region is heating up militarily and so we need to stay on top of it, and because I often find items on the net that are worth inclusion, but for which I do not have an appropriate pigeon-hole.

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.