About the NAA

The Naval Association of Australia (the “NAA”) was established in 1920 and is separate from the Royal Australian Navy (the “RAN”), but prides itself in looking after the interests of both serving and ex-Service members.

Membership of the NAA gives voice to RAN personnel within the wider community, and especially in our own local area, centred on Shorncliffe on shores of South-East Queensland’s magnificent Moreton Bay.

We believe that “Once Navy – Always Navy”.

Locally and throughout Australia, four pillars underpin our mission, namely:

  • Care (welfare)
  • Commemoration
  • Australian Navy Cadets
  • Camaraderie. Nationally, the NAA is not just a social club, although mateship is at the core of its ethos

Our aim is to be a dynamic and contemporary organisation supporting the Navy fraternity nationwide, but focusing on current and ex-personnel living in the Sandgate district and surrounds.

As NAA members, our Sub-Section aspires to:

  • co-operate with and promote interest in the RAN
  • assist and support the Australian Navy Cadets movement, especially our own Training Ship Paluma unit
  • assist former naval personnel to obtain employment
  • provide such practical and financial assistance as may be possible to former and serving naval personnel and their immediate families, and surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased naval personnel who are in necessitous circumstances, whether death occurred during or subsequent to naval service
  • provide for the entertainment of visiting naval personnel
  • encourage the social, intellectual and general well-being plus advancement of our members
  • where appropriate, to purchase or lease property for the provision of clubrooms, offices or such other facility as may be considered necessary for the efficient operation of the Association
  • print, publish and circulate such books, magazines and papers as may be considered necessary or desirable to advance the objectives of the Association
  • assist community charitable activities that contribute to the health and welfare of the ex-Service community
  • encourage members to participate in commemorative activities that recognise the legacy of those who have served in the RAN, at sea and ashore, in both peace-making and peace-keeping capacities.

We gather each month for meetings and fellowship at the Training Ship Paluma facility in Sinbad Street, Shorncliffe. 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.

Our unit has the distinction of being one of the first NAA Sub-Sections formed in Queensland, way back in 1954, and we’re still powering along.

Once a month we hold a fundraising sausage sizzle out the front of the Carseldine Bunnings Warehouse. Come along and say “hello”.

We sincerely hope you will find something of interest here, but we also hope to meet with in person. So if you’re ex-Navy, drop us a line to find out more about the Sub-Section and to learn what membership of the Naval Association of Australia could do for you.

Thank you and welcome aboard!

CMDR Darryl Neild OAM CGMM (RAN, Retd.
Naval Association of Australia (Sandgate Sub-Section) Incorporated
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