Australian Naval History Podcast Series

Series Two

Episode 10:

Episode Title:The Battle of Savo Island

Description: Commander Greg Swinden and his expert panel discuss the brutal Battle of Savo Island in which HMAS Canberra and three US heavy cruisers were sunk. The panel consists of Dr Greg Gilbert, Vice Admiral Peter Jones and Dr Kathryn Spurling.

Further Reading:

  • Carlton, M, Flagship: The Cruiser HMAS Australia and the Pacific War on Japan, William Heinemann, 2016.
  • Gill, GH, Royal Australian Navy 1942-1945, Collins, 1968.
  • Jones, PD, Australia’s Argonauts: The Remarkable Story of the First Class to enter the Royal Australian Navy, Echo Books, 2016.
  • Loxton, B and Coulthard-Clark, C, The Shame of Savo: Anatomy of a naval disaster, Allen and Unwin, 1994.
  • Spurling, K, HMAS Canberra: Casualty of Circumstance, New Holland Publishers, 2016.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 9:

Episode Title: The RAN Helicopter Flight in Vietnam: Families back home and the legacy

Description: This episode was recorded at the 50 year reunion of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) at the Fleet Arm Museum on October 2017. The final episode with two speakers gives a perspective of the families and well as the HFV’s return to Australia.

Further Reading:

  • Australian Naval Aviation Museum, Flying Stations : A Story of Australian Naval Aviation, Allen & Unwin, 1998.
  • Perryman, J & Mitchell, B, Australia’s Navy in Vietnam: Royal Australian Navy Operations 1965-72, Topmill, 2007.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 8:

Episode Title: The RAN Helicopter Flight in Vietnam: Command and Logistics

Description: This episode was recorded at the 50 year reunion of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) at the Fleet Arm Museum on October 2017. The episode presents four speakers that provide a US Army view of the HFV contribution as well as command and logistics.

Further Reading:

  • Australian Naval Aviation Museum, Flying Stations : A Story of Australian Naval Aviation, Allen & Unwin, 1998.
  • Perryman, J & Mitchell, B, Australia’s Navy in Vietnam: Royal Australian Navy Operations 1965-72, Topmill, 2007.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 7:

Episode Title: RAN Helicopter Flight in Vietnam - Preparations to deploy and Operations

Description: This episode was recorded at the 50 year reunion of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) at the Fleet Arm Museum on October 2017. The episode presents five speakers that discuss the preparations for the deployment and operations with the US Army and RAAF.

Further Reading:

  • Australian Naval Aviation Museum, Flying Stations : A Story of Australian Naval Aviation, Allen & Unwin, 1998.
  • Perryman, J & Mitchell, B, Australia’s Navy in Vietnam: Royal Australian Navy Operations 1965-72, Topmill, 2007.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 6:

Episode Title: The RAN in the Malaysian Emergency & Confrontation

Description: Commander Greg Swinden and his expert panel discuss the RAN's involvement in both the Malaysian Emergency and Confrontation. The panel consists of commander Peter Cooke-Russell, Commodore Ian Pfennigwerth, Dr Andrew Ross and Commander Steve Youll.

Further Reading:

  • Grey, J, Up top : The Royal Australian Navy and Southeast Asian conflicts, 1955-1972, Allen & Unwin, 1998.
  • Pfennigwerth, I, Tiger Territory : The Untold Story of the Royal Australian Navy in Southeast Asia from 1948 to 1971, Rosenberg Publishing, 2008.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 5:

Episode Title: The DDGs in Vietnam - Through the lens of a Junior Officer and a Junior Sailor - Audio

Description: Two seminar speakers give their perspectives as junior officer and a junior sail-or onboard the new RAN Charles F Adams class destroyers in the Vietnam War. The final of three episodes. The presenters are Captain David Cotsell and Warrant Officer Peter Eveille.

Further Reading:

  • ACSACS Occasional Paper No.7. The RAN DDGs in Vietnam: Their war service and their impact of the DDGs on the RAN
  • Perryman, J & Mitchell, B, Australia’s Navy in Vietnam: Royal Australian Navy Operations 1965-72, Topmill, 2007.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 4:

Episode Title: The DDGs in Vietnam - Technical & Logistics Matters

Description: Two seminar speakers discuss the technical and logistic impact of the three Charles F Adams class destroyers had on entering RAN service. The second of three episodes. The presenters are Rear Admiral Mark Purcell and Rear Admiral David Campbell.

Further Reading:

  • ACSACS Occasional Paper No.7. The RAN DDGs in Vietnam: Their war service and their impact of the DDGs on the RAN
  • Perryman, J & Mitchell, B, Australia’s Navy in Vietnam: Royal Australian Navy Operations 1965-72, Topmill, 2007.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 3:

Episode Title: The RAN DDGs in Vietnam: Their war service and their impact of the DDGs on the RAN

Description: This episode was recorded at a seminar to mark the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the first RAN Charles F Adams guided missile destroyers (DDGs) to Vietnam Three seminar speakers discuss the impact the DDGs had on the RAN and their service in the Vietnam War. The first of three episodes. The presenters are Rear Admiral James Goldrick, Vice Admiral David Shackleton and Vice Admiral Rob Walls.

Further Reading:

  • ACSACS Occasional Paper No.7. The RAN DDGs in Vietnam: Their war service and their impact of the DDGs on the RAN
  • Perryman, J & Mitchell, B, Australia’s Navy in Vietnam: Royal Australian Navy Operations 1965-72, Topmill, 2007.


Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

Download Audio File: The Impact of the DDGs on the RAN - Audio.mp3


Episode 2:

Episode Title: The HMAS Sydney-Kormoran Action

Description: Analysis by the expert panel on World War II service of the light cruiser HMAS Sydney and its loss in action with the German raider Kormoran. Convenor Commander Greg Swinden with panel Wes Olsen, Vice Admiral Peter Jones, John Perryman & David Mearns.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 1:

Episode Title:HMAS Sydney in the Mediterranean

Description: Commander Greg Swinden and his expert panel discuss the remarkable service of the cruiser HMAS Sydney in the Mediterranean during World War II. The panel consists of Vice Admiral Peter Jones, Mr Wes Olsen and Mr John Perryman.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Series One

Episode 11:

Episode Title: Royal Australian Naval College: Its Formation & Early Years

Description: Analysis by expert panel of the founding and early years of the Royal Australian Naval College.
Convenor Professor Tom Frame with panel Vice Admiral Peter Jones, Commander Greg Swinden and Lieutenant Commander David Jones.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 10:

Episode Title: Creation of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service.

Description: Analysis by the expert panel of the formation and the World War II service of the the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service. The convenor is Vice Admiral Peter Jones with panel members Dr Christine Reghenzni, Dr Kathryn Spurling and Commander Alison Westwood.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 9:

Episode Title: The RAN Bridging Train

Description: Analysis by the expert panel of the RAN Bridging Train who served in World War I. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with the panel of Commander Greg Swinden, John Perryman and Martin Smee.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 8:

Episode Title: 1914 Rabaul Campaign

Description: Analysis by expert panel of the 1914 Rabaul Campaign by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with panel members Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, Professor Michael Epkenhans, Dr David Stevens, Dr Stephenson and Commander Greg Swinden.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 7:

Episode Title: The RAN in the World War I - An Overview

Description: An expert panel provides an overview of the Royal Australian Navy’s involvement in World War I. It is a precursor to subsequent episodes on specific actions in the war. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with panel members Rear Admiral James Goldrick, Commodore Jack McCaffrie and Dr David Stevens.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 6:

Episode Title: HMAS Australia Court Martial

Description: Analysis by expert panel of the 1942 HMAS Australia Court Martial. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with panel members Mr Mike Carlton, Rear Admiral James Goldrick, Associate Professor David Letts & Associate Professor Cameron Moore.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 5:

Episode Title: Oberon Class Submarines in RAN Service: Go West and Living Hard

Description: Professor Tom Frame and his expert panel discuss the service of the RAN Oberon class submarines. This final episode covers the move of the Oberons to Fleet Base West in Western Australia and life in a Oberon submarine. The panel consists of Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, Commodore Rick Shalders, Commander Mike Carew, Commander David Nicholls and Warrant Officer Gary Wight.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 4:

Episode Title: Oberon Class Submarines in RAN Service - Getting New Ears and Teeth

Description: Analysis by expert panel of the Oberon Class submarines in RAN service. The second of three episodes. This episode covers the Submarine Weapons Upgrade Program. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with panel members Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, Commodore Terry Roach, Commander Peter Horobin and Commander David Nicholls.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 3:

Episode Title: Oberon Class Submarines in RAN Service -Their origin and early years.

Description: Analysis by expert panel of the Oberon Class submarines in RAN service. The first of three episodes. This episode covers the reasons for acquiring the Oberon Class submarine and their introduction into RAN service. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with members panel Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall, Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, Commodore Terry Roach, Commander Peter Horobin, Commander David Nicholls.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 2:

Episode Title: Battle of the Coral Sea

Description: Analysis by expert panel of the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with panel members Vice Admiral Peter Jones, Rear Admiral James Goldrick and Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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Episode 1:

Episode Title: Midget Submarine Attack on Sydney Harbour

Description: Analysis by expert panel of the 1942 Japanese Midget Submarine Attack on Sydney Harbour. The convenor is Professor Tom Frame with panel members Vice Admiral Peter Jones, Rear Admiral Peter Briggs and Dr David Stevens.

Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre.

More details about this video and the Naval Studies Group are available at the UNSW website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/australian-centre-for-the-study-of-armed-conflict-and-society/naval-studies-group

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