New Guinea and High Seas

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was commanded by the British Admiralty from 10 August 1914 to 19 August 1919. Our navy began the war with 16 ships, two submarines and 3800 RAN personnel (including 850 from the Royal Navy). By the end, the RAN had 37 ships and 5000 RAN personnel. During the war, two submarines were lost and 171 men died (including 63 from the Royal Navy). The major campaigns, battles or areas of operation listed on this niche of remembrance are:


This listing refers to the town of Kabakaul south east of Rabaul in German New Guinea where the first parties of Australians went into action in the Great War in September 1914. Read more...

Cocos Islands

This listing refers to the single-ship action between 'HMAS Sydney' and the German raider 'SMS Emden' which occurred near the Cocos Islands north-west of Australia on 9 November 1914. Read more...

West Atlantic

This listing commemorates the deployment of two Royal Australian Navy ships on operations on the North America and West Indies Station from late 1914. Read more...

North Sea

This listing refers to the service of several Australian ships on operations against the German High Seas Fleet in the North Sea from 1915 until the end of the war. Read more...

Otranto Barrage

This listing refers to an operation known as the Otranto Barrage which was an Allied naval blockade of the Adriatic Sea which began in October 1917. Read more...


This listing refers to naval patrol operations carried out in East Indies waters (now known as the Indonesian archipelago) from August 1914 to early 1917. Read more...

On this day

On this day
9 July

1940 — HMA Ships SYDNEY, STUART, VOYAGER, and VAMPIRE, together with ships of the Royal Navy, engaged the Italian Navy in the Battle of CALABRIA

1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY