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Welcome to the Royal Australian Navy’s history web page. Here you will find an ever-growing account of the deeds of those who have served in Australia’s multifarious naval forces from the passing of the Colonial Naval Defence Act 1865 to present day.

This page is hosted by the Naval History Section which is part of the Sea Power Centre – Australia, situated in Canberra. Enquiries in connection with historical web page content may be directed to navy.history@defence.gov.au

"Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Winston Churchill