Enjoy the barbie.
And thanks for, well… everything.
After the American Revolution, transportation of criminals from the overcrowded prisons in Britain to North America was no longer an option, so the Crown turned to Australia for those who didn’t quite merit capital punishment, but weren’t fit to serve in Her Majesty’s fleet.
Times have changed:
The Australian navy plans to recruit up [...]
The first of June 1914 was a sad day in the US Navy, when SecNav Josephus Daniels issued General Order 99, which effectively prohibited “the use or introduction for drinking purposes of alcoholic liquors on board any naval vessel, or within any navy yard or station.” This put an end to the officer’s wine [...]
Inaptly named, as it turns out:
OFFICERS aboard Navy supply ship HMAS Success were having sex with junior female sailors during shore leave and returning to the ship so drunk they had to be “escorted” to their cabins to sleep it off, an inquiry has heard.
The ship’s captain of 21 months, Commander Simon [...]
Down in Oz, Dr. Zacharia Matthews, president of the Australian Islamic Mission, is taking a break from his pro-hijab efforts to agitate for a parallel legal system that incorporates some elements of Sharia law for Australian Muslims:
”I don’t think we are so unsophisticated that we cannot consider a multilayered legal system as long [...]
In Oz, of all places:
(Australian Prime Minister Kevin) Rudd said that many “home-grown terrorists” were inspired by what he called international jihadist narratives, as he released a new report compiled by intelligence agencies.
“The threat of home-grown terrorism is now increasing,” he said.
“This white paper is clear: some of the threat we [...]
In Oz, a grandmother has beat off a shark attack to save her own life:
Speaking from her hospital bed to local media, she said that while snorkelling from a chartered boat with her husband and others, she felt “the most almighty huge tug” and “knew immediately what it was”.
“I turned around and [...]
“Down under” has something of a new connotation, in the RAN, and the ADF minister is all hot and bothered about it:
In a statement to Senate estimates yesterday, Defence Minister John Faulkner expressed disappointment that a fresh inquiry was required into allegations that a group of male sailors onboard HMAS Success ran a [...]
Something of a challenge, all the way around:
TRAINING for the Royal Australian Navy’s elite force of submariners will continue despite the virtual crippling of the $6 billion fleet of Collins-Class boats because of chronic onboard mechanical and electrical failures.
Fifty crew from HMAS Farncomb, recalled to port last week after suffering generator failure, [...]