Comments pertaining to the Far East Strategic Reserve.

Naval Statue Memorial

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On Saturday  27 May 2017 Chief of Navy VADM T. Barrett unveiled Brisbane’s first Naval Statue Memorial iIMem1n front of hundreds of ex-sailors and families who helped raise the necessary funds for the completion. The plinth’s side panels hold brass plaques naming all the conficts and where possible the ships that served in those conflicts that the RAN has served in since Federation. In the front is a blue polished granite stone with the RAN badge and the Naval Ode embossed in gold. The statue is a 2mtr. high leading seaman in the uniform of  the pre 50’s and 60’s. It is the hope of the FESR Navy Association & the NAA QLD section that this memorial with its positioning across from the QLD Maritime Museum will become the hub of all naval ceremonies here in Brisbane in the years to come, this statue completes the plinth of the South Brisbane Memorial Park a project that was made by the diggers after WW1 but was never completed until now.

The Passing of a Mate

It is with sadness that I must say goodbye to another mate John (Burberry) Cheal who crossed the bar on the 25th. November at times like this one tends to remember or tries to recall the past events that forged a Mateship.A true mate is someone who will share his last piece of food with you, even give you his last can of cold beer on a scorching hot day.  He will defend you against much greater odds.  He will stick up for you when you are being slandered or attacked, even at the risk of losing his own reputation, job, or whatever is at stake – even his head.  A mate is the one person who will come, sit and yarn with you when everyone else has turned their back.  A mate is the epitome of the Good Samaritan.  He will stick by you through thick and thin. John our friendship was forged 55years ago at recruits school,  may you have fair winds and smooth seas to your final mooring with the Great MarinerBurberry 2.

Plaque & Honour Board Dedication

On the 29th. Nov.2009 at 1100hrs at the Maritime Museum South Bank Brisbane, the unveiling of a plaque & plinth and the dedication of an FESR Honour Board to be attached to the fwd. deck bulkhead of the Diamantina will climax another first for the FESR Navy Association QLD. Div. This is the third memorial plaque in QLD. dedicated to the Ships and Crews who served in the Far East Strategic Reserve 1955-1971. It is the first time that one has been erected in a Maritime Museum and the first FESR Honour Board to be placed in a heritage listed naval vessel. The fight for recognition of our service started 11 years ago and while we were successful in some of our initial aims full recognition somehow seems to evade us. These plaque dedication ceremonies are a material way for us to leave a lasting memorial to the future generations and in doing so helps to keep our service in the annals of our countries Naval History. FESR members and friends,ex-naval personal are cordilally invited to attend the ceremony.


SeaPower Video 1960 SEATO Sea Devil Exercise

 This new video from the SeaPower site should bring back a few memories I recognised a couple of old faces maybe you will too http://www.navy.gov.au/History