This was the Official Commemorative Placemat for Christmas 2023.


Sandgate - Q50

Next Meeting

9 June 2024
TS Paluma

Our Office Bearers for 2024-2025


CMDR Darryl Neild OAM CGMM (RAN, Retd.)


Mobile 0418 258 689


Mr H. “Darby” Ashton CGMM
Address 1 Skylark Court KALLANGUR QLD 4503
Mobile 0437 012 169


Mr. Don Churchward 
Address F84/61 Explorer Drive, ALBANY CREEK  QLD 4035
Mobile 0412 107 685

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[ camaraderie –  noun – mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together. ‘the enforced camaraderie of office life’ synonyms: friendship, comradeship,fellowship, good fellowship, companionship, brotherliness, brotherhood, sisterhood, closeness, affinity, togetherness, solidarity, mutual support. ]

THE Naval Association of Australia (the “NAA”) challenges every Sub-Section to bolster the NAA’s Four Pillars of “Camaraderie,” “Navy Cadets,” “Commemoration” and “Care” and Sandgate prides itself on making headway on all four fronts.

In July 2017 the Sub-Section took the view that, in order to engage more successfully with the outside world and to showcase how our members were making a positive contribution to the community, additional channels of outreach – “online” – were worth actively exploiting.

Like every other Sub-Section across Australia, we strive to remain a beacon of fellowship for, and on behalf of, our veterans, but are confident that younger, community-focused veterans will find something of value in our part of magnificent Moreton Bay!

Sandgate is extremely proud of the direct financial and moral support we tip into the Australian Naval Cadets unit, Training Ship Paluma, with whom we share state-of-the-art meeting room facilities at Shorncliffe. In 2022, 2023 and 2024, Sandgate Sub-Section was able to underwrite the addition of a TS Paluma Cadet to temporarily join the crew of Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour

Along with so many community-based/volunteer-run/not-for-profit organisations across the world, we negotiate a very busy and competitive “marketplace” of ideas, interests, lifestyles and time-pressures.

Check out the links below to see what social media/online resources we offer members and future members!

Our strategy is to showcase what NAA membership can achieve locally, and ultimately nationally. Being online provides us with a podium for getting that message out – going right where we know today's generation of sailors are.


Dozens of Facebook “group pages” – focused solely on sharing camraderie among those who may have served on specific ships, or a class of warship – are out there waiting for you to explore. Once you have a story you want to share, the men and women who populate these virtual meeting places will do the rest.

If you think your Sub-Section has a “voice,” why not set up a Facebook profile and let the world know you are ready to join the conversation? It’s all free and no matter how hard you try to convince yourself that you are too cack-handed to master “a computer,” remember that your smartphone in your hip pocket is one!

Yep! Like your grandchildren will remind you: If you can make and answer a telephone call on a mobile phone, you can just as easily click on a Facebook icon and see what’s new in your Sub-Section.

So when you do, let our Sub-Section know you’ve joined the 21st Century...we will give you a shout out and “like” what you’ve got to share!

Hard to imagine anything useful can be found on the Internet? Take a moment and look up, for example, the White Ensign Online (Search “White Ensign Online”) closed group on Facebook. At last count (6 May 2024), more than 1,300 members find something worthwhile in the potpourri of RAN and ADF news, nostalgia and a whole lot more available on this feed. Join us won't you?

BZ for browsing past our little corner of the NAA national website, and we sincerely hope you’ll return again soon.

Let's know you're out there, won’t you?