Harold served our country with the Australian Air Force in the Pacific from 13/3/1944 until 7/9/45.

Harold was to original Pensions Officer for the Moruya RSL Sub Branch, where he trained people to follow in his footsteps.

Harold was President of Moruya RSL for a number of years, President of the TPI Association till it folded, a member of the Eurobodalla Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers ASS,

He will be missed by all who knew him,

Rest in Peace Harold, you have served your time,



On some days I post more than six posts that are sent each day, the extra posts go directly to the website www.veteranweb.asn.au

Member should check at the NEWS button, extra posts can be read there.

Remember, my aim is to post information that may be of interest, I know that some items won’t interest everyone, please read what interests you and ignore that of no interest.

Thank you for your support as the network continues to grow.


Natures Fuel – Hydrogen

This documentary tells the story of hydrogen through a series of intriguing interviews from those working on cutting-edge hydrogen technologies. The program explains to viewers every step of the process, including how hydrogen is created, how it is transported and dispensed, and how it is used in fuel cell vehicles and other end uses.

If you’re interested and you can spare 60 minutes to watch this documentary you can find it  here;


Commander Edward Wilfred ‘Jake’ Linton BEM MCD RAN

Commander Edward Wilfred ‘Jake’ Linton BEM MCD RAN

Commander Edward Wilfred ‘Jake’ Linton BEM MCD RAN Edward ‘Jake’ Linton was born on 31 January 1935 in Preston, Victoria.  He joined the Navy on the 17th March 1952 and following completion of his initial training at HMAS Cerberus his first posting as a seaman was to HMAS Australia.

It was late 1954, Jake was 19 years old, married, an Able Seaman employed as a Main Gate Sentry at Naval Headquarters at Potts Point, not making enough money to pay his wife’s medical bills and short on answers to the situation.  He spent every second night working in Playfairs freezers in The Rocks and life did not hold a lot of promise.

Then on the notice board at HMAS Kuttabul there was a message calling for volunteers to form the first Clearance Divers Course, and offering tuppence (two pence) or 1 cent a minute for diving time.  This was the answer; tuppence a minute translated into 120 pence an hour or 10 shillings ($1).  In short, if accepted, he could give up his job at Playfairs and meet his financial commitments.  Naturally he volunteered and was accepted.  However, there was just one hurdle and that was a test dive off the wharf at HMAS Rushcutter, using the Salvus Fire Fighting Apparatus rigged for diving, and wearing a suit aptly named ‘The Clammy Death’.  Jake remembers surfacing and complaining that his throat was burning and was promptly persuaded to go down again by a push from the boot of the Supervisor.

CONTINUE READING AT Jake Linton (navyvic.net)

Crew survive helicopter crash in the Philippine Sea

 1n 4/10/2021 Brian Hartigan

FILE PHOTOAn MH-60R launches from the flight deck of HMAS Ballarat. Photo by Leading Seaman Ernesto Sanchez.


Three crew members of a Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter are safe after ditching their helicopter in the Philippine Sea during a routine flight overnight.

The aircraft was operating from HMAS Brisbane as part of a Regional Presence Deployment with HMAS Warramunga when the crew conducted an emergency landing in water.

HMAS Brisbane deployed sea boats and rescued the crew approximately 20 minutes later.

The crew received first aid for minor injuries upon their return to the ship.

Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Mark Hammond commended the crews involved for their quick response to the emergency.

“The successful rescue is credit to the devotion to duty and skill of the officers and sailors of HMAS Brisbane,” Rear Admiral Hammond said.

“Their immediate actions ensured the survival of the aircrew, validating the significant training undertaken in the event an emergency of this nature occurs.”

Both ships continue to search the area for any debris, which could aid in determining the cause of the incident.

“With the aircrew safe, investigating the circumstances that led to the helicopter ditching is the priority at the moment,” Rear Admiral Hammond said.

“As a precaution, we have temporarily paused flying operations of the MH-60R Seahawk fleet.”

Defence is reviewing the impact of the incident on HMA Ships Brisbane and Warramunga’s current deployment.


My Father Anthony ‘Tony’ Ernest King passed away on Monday the 11th of October 2021. He was a lifelong member of the 8RAR ‘Grey Eight’ Association, and would wear his Grey Eight Polo top with pride!

Army Number:3791851

Rank on Discharge: Private

Service: Australian Regular Army Supplement (NS)

Principal Units:

2 Recruit Training Battalion

1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment

8th Battalion,  The Royal Australian Regiment

Service overseas: Singapore 15th March to 18 June 1969 (Malaya – Terrandak Garrison). Dad was involved in a traumatic car accident near Wangarratta in 1969 which cut his National Service short. From all accounts, Dad wished to be a career serviceman.

Please reach out, we would love for any 8RAR members who knew Dad to be able to view the live stream this Friday:

Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Pty Ltd


A man was looking for a place to sit in a crowded university library.

He asked a girl: “Do you mind if I sit beside you?”

The girl replied in a loud voice ……


All the people in the library started staring at the man, who was deeply embarrassed and moved to another table.

After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the man’s table and said with a laugh:

“I study psychology, and I know what a man is thinking;

I bet you felt embarrassed, right?”

The man responded in a loud voice:


All the people in the library looked at the girl in shock.

The man whispered to her:

“I study law, and I know how to screw people”.


The Royal Navy is proud to announce its new fleet of Type 45 destroyers

Having initially named the first two ships HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, the Naming Committee has, after intensive pressure from Brussels, renamed them HMS Cautious and HMS Prudence.

The next five ships are to be HMS Empathy,

HMS Circumspect, HMS Nervous, HMS Timorous and HMS Apologist.

Costing £850 million each, they comply with the very latest employment, equality, health & safety and human rights laws.

The Royal Navy fully expects any future enemy to be jolly decent and to comply with the same high standards of behaviour.

The new user-friendly crow’s nest has excellent wheelchair access.

Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims.

Stress counsellors and lawyers will be on board, as will a full sympathetic industrial tribunal.

The crew will be 50/50 men and women and will contain the correct balance of race, gender, sexuality and disability.

Sailors will only work a maximum of 37hrs per week as per Brussels Rules on Working Hours, even in wartime.

All the vessels are equipped with a maternity ward, a crèche and a gay disco.

Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but recreational cannabis will be allowed in wardrooms and messes.

The Royal Navy is eager to shed its traditional reputation for; “Rum, sodomy and the lash”; so out has gone the rum ration, replaced by sparkling water.

Sodomy remains, now extended to include all ratings under 18. The lash will still be available on request.

Saluting of officers is now considered elitist and has been replaced by “Hello Sailor”.

All information on notice boards will be in 37 different languages and Braille.

Crew members will now no longer have to ask permission to grow beards and/or moustaches.

This applies equally to the female crew.

The MoD is inviting suggestions for a “non-specific” flag because the White Ensign may offend minorities.

The Union Jack must never be seen.

The newly re-named HMS Cautious will be commissioned shortly by Captain Hook from the Finsbury Park Mosque who will break a petrol bomb over the hull.

She will gently slide into the sea as the Royal Marines Band plays “In the Navy” by the Village People.

Her first deployment will be to escort boatloads of illegal immigrants to ports on England’s south coast.

The Prime Minister said, “Our ships reflect the very latest in modern thinking and

they will always be able to comply with any new legislation from Brussels .”

His final words were, “Britannia waives the rules.”



From Liz Cossin, Secretary DVA

“I am thrilled to advise that DVA has launched its newest communication channel to provide updated information, support and recognition to the Defence and veteran community.

DVA TV will publish a wide variety of video content to a YouTube Channel dedicated to veterans and their families, about DVA’s services and the support that is available to them.

Content on DVA TV will range from guides to accessing support, such as how to use MyService, to capturing and sharing commemorative services, showcasing individual stories of service and posting important announcements from the department.

DVA TV will provide overviews and insights into the services available to the veteran community, including support for families, mental health programs, financial assistance and claims support, transition stories and messages of hope such as the positive impact programs such as the Psychiatric Assistance Dogs Program is having on veterans’ lives.

We are keen to ensure that DVA TV provides informative videos on what you want to know more about in the ex-service community and I welcome your suggestions for future content.  Please either contact the ESORT Secretariat with your ideas or feel free to email suggestions to the Communications Branch at [email protected]

We hope DVA TV will have a positive impact and help to empower veterans and their families to be the best they can be.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel to be notified of new content!