- Duchesne, Tim
- History - general, Book reviews
- RAN Ships
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- March 1995 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
This is the fifth, and undoubtedly the best, in an annual series of glossy, high quality, magazine style publications which seek to inform the Australian public about its Navy. It is published for CNS by the Australian Government Publishing Service.
The Naval Board looks to ex-Navy personnel in particular to foster the wider communities pride and interest in the service. This publication should significantly assist in that function.
It contains about forty brief but well written articles describing a wide variety of naval activities, from joint and combined maritime exercises, to the entry into service of new ships and submarines, to aspects of recruit and other training. Additionally, three articles have a historical flavour and would be of particular interest to members of this Society. Reflecting the essentially family nature of the Navy in the 1994 International Year of the Family, the wonderful work of the Sir David Martin Foundation for homeless children is also covered in a well illustrated and informative article. A share of the receipts from the sale of this publication provides a naval corporate contribution to the work done by the Foundation.
The quality of the photographs with which this magazine is liberally illustrated is excellent.
The problems flowing from the integration of women in the ships’ companies of warships are not shirked, and the Navy’s vigorous and honest response to these problems is covered in an article on the Senate Committee’s investigation into sexual harassment. For this reviewer however, an update on the extent of female “manning” of our ships and a report on the operational benefits and penalties, if any, would also have been welcome. Perhaps the absence of comment indicates that the effect is neutral.
In summary, the publication provides an excellent snapshot overview of today’s Navy and its extraordinarily varied activities, and a useful historical source in years to come.