Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force: the Commonwealth Naval Forces. Originally intended for local defence, the navy was granted the title of 'Royal Australian Navy' in 1911, and became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.

Britain's Royal Navy continued to support the RAN and provide additional blue-water defence capability in the Pacific up to the early years of World War II. Then, rapid wartime expansion saw the acquisition of large surface vessels and the building of many smaller warships. In the decade following the war, the RAN acquired a small number of aircraft carriers, the last of these paying off in 1982.

Today, the RAN consists of 54 commissioned vessels and over 16,000 personnel. The navy is one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the Pacific region, with a significant presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions. The current Chief of Navy is Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

Read more about Royal Australian NavyHistory, Future, Current Operations, Personnel, Ranks and Uniforms, Special Insignia

Other articles related to "navy, royal australian navy, australian, royal australian":

List Of Ship Decommissionings In 2007
... Flag Class and type Fate Other notes 7 January United States Navy Cardinal Active Sold to Egypt 7 January United States Navy Raven Active Sold to Egypt 15 January United States Navy ... Facility Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 25 April United States Navy Saipan Awaiting Disposal 11 May Royal Australian Navy Townsville Museum Townsville Maritime Museum 11 May Royal Australian Navy ...
List Of A-4 Skyhawk Operators - Military Operators - Australia
... Royal Australian Navy Australia ordered ten A-4G Skyhawks in October 1965 to replace all of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm's de Havilland Venom fighters which ... The Australian incorporated modifications such as being fitted to carry four AIM-9 Sidewinder heat seeking air-to-air missiles - the Skyhawk was purchased primarily to serve in the air defence role ... did not have the A-4F's dorsal "hump." The first two Australian A-4Gs were handed over to the Royal Australian Navy on 26 July 1967, with all ten aircraft ...
Royal Australian Navy - Special Insignia
... The Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) is an appointment held by the most senior sailor in the RAN, and holds the rank of Warrant Officer (WO) ... The Australian army equivalent is the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) and the Royal Australian Air Force equivalent is the Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) ...

Famous quotes containing the words navy, royal and/or australian:

    I wish to reiterate all the reasons which [my predecessor] has presented in favor of the policy of maintaining a strong navy as the best conservator of our peace with other nations and the best means of securing respect for the assertion of our rights of the defense of our interests, and the exercise of our influence in international matters.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)

    Dearest dealer,
    I with my royal straight flush,
    love you so for your wild card,
    that untamable, eternal, gut-driven, ha-ha
    and lucky love.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    Beyond the horizon, or even the knowledge, of the cities along the coast, a great, creative impulse is at work—the only thing, after all, that gives this continent meaning and a guarantee of the future. Every Australian ought to climb up here, once in a way, and glimpse the various, manifold life of which he is a part.
    Vance Palmer (1885–1959)