Royal Australian Navy commemorates 120th birthday
1 March 2021
A commemorative service at the Navy Memorial, Anzac Parade Canberra has marked the Royal Australian Navy’s 120th birthday.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN said Navy can draw strength and honour from humble beginnings 120 years ago.
“We are far from the fledgling naval force formed in the autumn of 1901,” VADM Noonan said.
Admiral Noonan acknowledged the importance of Navy people and roles they have played in this development.
“Our competitive advantage is our Navy family, all those who have contributed past and present.”
This service is demonstrated by looking no further back than 2020.
“In the past year, the Royal Australian Navy has faced new and unexpected challenges as part of the Australian government’s responses to bushfires, a global pandemic and other humanitarian and disaster relief operations.”
Vice Admiral Noonan discussed Navy in its upcoming 121st year.
“We will keep evolving, deepening our connection with the Nation and supporting our partners and neighbours.”
For images of Navy serving Australia with pride at home and abroad visit the Defence Media gallery: available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20210386