Australia has issued a set of 2 stamps to commemorate the 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy this \’then and now\’ stamp issue features the Australian Navy\’s first flagship, battle cruiser HMAS Australia (I) and modern missile frigate HMAS Sydney (IV).The title of \’Royal Australian Navy\’ was officially granted to the Commonwealth Naval Forces on 10 July 1911 by His Majesty King George V, thereby establishing an Australian Fleet Unit to replace the previous arrangement of maintaining a squadron of the British Royal Navy in Australian waters.
The historic stamp features Seaman Frederick Mills, a biplane and the battle cruiser HMAS Australia (I), so named to avoid the suggestion of favouritism towards any one Australian state. HMAS Australia\’s badge consisted of the Federation Star overlaid by a naval crown, and the motto Endeavour which recalled Lieutenant James Cook\’s ship – the first ever vessel to reach the east coast of Australia.
The modern stamp features a Seahawk helicopter, the HMAS Sydney (IV) and Able Seaman Rebecca Florance, Communication and Information Systems Specialist, in the Operations Room. HMAS Sydney is one of the Royal Australian Navy\’s four guided missile frigates. The Adelaide Class vessel was commissioned in January 1983, measures 138.1 metres in length and has a top speed of 30 knots.