The Team

CMDR Darry Neild OAM CGMM (RAN, Retd.)


Our Sub-Section of the Naval Association of Australia (the "NAA") has the distinction of being one of the first formed in Queensland, way back in 1954, and we’re still powering along.
We gather each month for meetings and fellowship at the Training Ship Paluma facility in Sinbad Street, Shorncliffe.
If you're a serving, or ex-Royal Australian Navy matelot, we'd love for you to drop by to share some fellowship with us.
To find out when the next meeting is on, just check out our blog, or better still, find and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Every month or so our members volunteer to run a fundraising sausage sizzle in the car park (nearest the escalators) at the Bunnings Warehouse at Virginia.
Come along and say “hello” as nothing beats sharing some camaraderie in person.
Welcome aboard!

Peter Collins CGMM

Social Media Curator

This website (along with our socials outreach) was devised with you - the existing or prospective - member of the Naval Association of Australia (the "NAA") in mind.
While our focus is on the Sandgate Sub-Section, we like to think any casual visitor who is curious about the foundations, traditions, customs and history of the Royal Australian Navy, and the NAA itself, will find something worthwhile in these pages.
We set off on this online journey on 4 July 2017. The Sub-Section has expanded its "outreach" to Facebook, X and Instagram since then.
There's even a Facebook "group" page for you to join to keep in touch with events, stories and Sub-Section news that might be of relevance to you.
Once you get to know us better, perhaps you will consider joining your nearest Sub-Section of the NAA.
"Once Navy. Always Navy."

Recent Posts

Ship's Log

A sizzling success!

THE Sub-Section sausage sizzle kiosk in the Bunnings Virginia car park today was a HUGE success! Regularly, on certain weekends ever since the Superstore on Sandgate Road came online on Saturday, 21 December 2019, Sandgate Read more…

About our Sub-Section

The name “Sandgate Sub-Section” of the Naval Association of Australia Incorporated has an interesting history. Prior to 1954 there was only a Queensland Section to cover all of Queensland and this was quite inadequate. In 1954 Read more…

Vale, John Carlyon OAM

A life of service. By DARBY ASHTON, President, Sandgate Sub-Section, (with thanks to Trevor Rigby). John Robert Carlyon OAM was born at The Entrance, in New South Wales, on 12 May 1933. John started his schooling Read more…

Anzac Day Driveway Observance

Calling all Naval Association of Australia Sandgate Sub-Section members! For this coming Anzac Day, veterans are encouraged to participate in the Driveway Observance Campaign at 6am on 25 April 2020, and — for posterity — Read more…

New War Memorial dedicated

SANDGATE Sub-Section was honoured to be associated with the Dedication Ceremony of a new War Memorial and Remembrance Gardens at Murrumba Downs on 6 February 2020. Fig Tree Retirement Village, located at 1 McClintock Drive, Read more…