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Following the sad passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip recently, a Life Member of the Naval Association of Australia, the National President has sent a letter of condolence, on behalf of the NAA ,to Her Majesty. Both the President's letter and any response from Buckingham Palace will remain confidential, as required by regal protocol.A copy of these documents will be passed to the National Secretary for retention in the NAA archives.

Please be advised; a Letter of Condolence from the Naval Association of Australia (NAA), was dispatched (via Australia Post – Priority Mail) to Buckingham Palace today, 15 April 2021, on the occasion of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The protocol in such instances is that the contents of the letter and any reply, are deemed to be Private Correspondence and are not made public. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

The Duke had been a Life Member of the NAA since 1956 and we have been very proud of his connection with our Association.

Dear Members,

Please see attached copy of the NAA Submission to Honours and Awards wherein advice was provided that ''the prevailing view within The Naval Association of Australia (NAA), is that members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who are injured, wounded, or killed in or as a result of service, or their families, should receive an Australian honour or award''. In supporting this initiative, we prepared two options for the Tribunal to consider.

  • Our preferred option; is the award of a Device to be attached to the medal ribbon of either a 'specific' Operational Service Medal or the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). We propose there be two devices; a Poppy for the loss of a life and a Sprig of Golden Wattle for having sustained a physical or psychological wound or injury, whether it be in operational or non-operational service.
  • The alternate option; is for a Medal to be instituted to recognise and commemorate the loss of life, sustaining a physical or psychological wound or injury, whether it be in operational or non-operational service.

The Devices proposed could perhaps be attached to this medal ribbon.

Receipt of the NAA Submission has been acknowledged and now we await the outcome of the Tribunal's deliberations. I thank you all for your assistance in this matter and, I very much appreciate that there are supportive and contrary views within the NAA and the wider Ex-Service Organisations, and within the wider Australian Community, on this matter. Hopefully, the outcome will provide an appropriate form and degree of recognition for those whose loved-one lost their life, and for those who have lost a component of their life, through their service in the ADF. Whatever our individual feeling on this matter, we have had the opportunity to participate in this very important and meaningful discussion and for the support and the way in which views have been expressed, I thank you all. 

For your information: six Sections submitted their response to myself as to whether there ought to be a form of recognition, wherein all six Sections were in favour; of the Preferences presented for consideration, not all Sections nominated a first and second preference; five Sections identified the 'Device Option for a death, wounding or injury during Operational or Non-Operational service', as their first preference with three opting for the 'Medal for a death, wounding or injury during Operational or Non-Operational service', as their second preference. One Section chose the same Medal for their first preference and the Device as their second preference. The images provided at the attachment are to provide some insight as to the 'concept' and not to be seen as being prescriptive in any way.

Yours aye,
David Manolas
National President
Naval Association of Australia

Read the full submission here

Naval Association of Australia
Queensland Section

The Queensland Section will commemorate
the service of LCDR Henry Stoker DSO RN,
Able Seaman Alec Nichols and their
fellow crew members of HMAS AE2

Naval “Jack’s” Memorial
Monthly Commeration Ceremony
29th April @ 1100 South Brisbane Memorial Park,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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We seek to provide an active and rich future that requires determined members.   Being a member sustains the legacy of past service and sacrifice.   The NAA pursue four pillars that underpin our mission:

  • Care (welfare) for the diverse and crucial support of Navy and ex-Navy men and women,
  • Commemoration by maintaining the legacy of past service and sacrifice.
  • Navy Cadets, by assisting youths to become better citizens through support to the ANC.
  • Camaraderie, to meet and socialise with like-minded Navy and ex-Navy men and women.

Our aim is to be a dynamic and contemporary organisation supporting the Navy fraternity in a wide range of different ways.   Mateship is at the core of our ethos.

The Naval Association of Australia (NAA) was established in 1920.   The NAA is the only national organisation with the sole purpose of looking after the interests of serving Navy and ex-Navy men and women.   We believe that

Once Navy, Always Navy.

Every member is important to the NAA, the benefit to an individual may not be obvious, however, you will give Voice to Navy in the wider community.   The four pillars underpinning our values point to the significance of membership.   Compensation, rehabilitation and wellbeing entitlements provided to Navy and ex-Navy men and women today is the result of decades of dedicated work by NAA members.

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Naval Association of Australia
221 Centenary Ave.
Melton   VIC   3337