HMAS WARRAMUNGA Association (Vic)

This website is designed for the benefit of the members of the HMAS WARRAMUNGA Association (Victoria) Incorporated. It contains information on upcoming events, contact details of Association committee members and a historical display of HMAS WARRAMUNGA I and II.

To join just contact our President or via details found at the contacts link.

Latest website changes:

09 Jul 18 - updated front page



Upcoming Events (Contact Paul or Wayne for further information on the below events)

17 Jul 18 Tribal Luncheon - Waverly RSL - see Wayne for full details


Renew your Membership

Memberships can now be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer to our ANZ account as follows - BSB 013 483, Account 3057 44879. Dont forget to include your name in the reference when you submit via EFT.



Association president Wayne Niklaus presents recruit Recruit Aviation Support John Panagiotidis with the Top Shot of the Intake award during his graduation ceremony from General Entry 362 in June.


The following images and narative were supplied by the Australian Embassy in support of the 70the Anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.


 With the approach of the 70th Anniversary of the conclusion to the Pacific Campaign a memorial to the 92 Australians who gave their lives for the liberation of the Philippines during the Second World War is under construction at Palo, Leyte the site where General MacArthur came ashore after leading the advance from Australia.

Australians fought and died in the Philippines from the time of the US surrender in May 1942 until the country's final liberation in 1945. The Australian contribution began with escaped prisoners of war who fought with Philippine guerrilla units. During the subsequent liberation operations, Australian joint service units provided critical signals intelligence and psychological warfare capabilities. The Royal Australian Navy provided crucial support for nine amphibious landings throughout the archipelago during the campaign and also played an important role in the Battle of Surigao Strait, known as the last big-gun naval battle. Australian Army bombardment liaison teams ensured the accuracy of naval gunfire bombardments during landings. The Royal Australian Air Force contribution included specialised aerial photo reconnaissance and aerial mine laying aircraft, radar countermeasures personnel assigned to US aircraft and airfield construction engineers.
The close relationship between the Australian and Philippine defence forces continues to this day. Contingents from the two forces have served together in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor and Iraq. Australian and Filipino servicemen have also participated in joint exercises for over 30 years.  Under the umbrella of a Status of Visiting Forces Agreement, our Defence cooperation includes agreements to cooperate on maritime security, combating terrorism and support to Defence modernisation

The province of Palo Leyte was again to see the spirit of cooperation and camaraderie between Australia and the Philippines in 2013, when Australian Defence Force personnel were involved in life-saving operations to deliver aid to areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
The time is appropriate to finally recognise the Australian sacrifice for the liberation of the Philippines.



The Warramunga Restaurant at the Waverley RSL is named in honour of HMAS WARRAMUNGA. The HMAS WARRAMUNGA Association (Vic) have very close ties with the Waverley RSL and thank them for their ongoing support of our Association.

HMAS WARRAMUNGA Association (Vic) Patron

It is with much pleasure that the HMAS WARRAMUNGA Association (Vic) announce Commodore Richard Menhinick (AM, CSC, RAN) as Patron of the Association. CDRE Menhinick was the commissioning Commanding Officer of HMAS WARRAMUNGA II.

Commodore Richard Menhinick was educated in Sydney and joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1976 as a Junior Entry Cadet Midshipman. After graduating from Naval College in 1980 he specialised as a seaman officer and undertook practical sea-training. In 1983, he was posted as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Tasmania, in Hobart. Various courses and postings to ships followed where he was an Assistant Principal Warfare Officer and Air Intercept Controller.

In 1987 he undertook the Principal Warfare Officer's course, before graduating as a Direction (Air Warfare/ Combat Systems specialist) officer. He then served on exchange at sea in the Royal Navy in the destroyer HMS Cardiff, including a deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of the "Armilla Patrol" monitoring Iran and Iraq. On return to Australia he was posted to HMAS Brisbane as Direction Officer and served in her during the 1990/91 Gulf War. After this he spent two years as Fleet Direction Officer, prior to being appointed as Executive Officer of the destroyer HMAS Hobart.

Subsequent postings included Head of the Operational Design Group at the Navy Combat Data System Centre where he established the ADF Tactical Data Link Authority; Deputy Director Surface Warfare Development in Capability Development Group; Commissioning Commanding Officer HMAS Warramunga; Director of the Sea Power Centre, Australia; Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac; Chief of Staff to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force/Commander Joint Operations; Director General Military Strategy in Strategic Policy Division; Director General Navy Transformation & Innovation, responsible for facilitating the New Generation Navy; Commander of the Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East Area of Operations; and Commandant of the Australian Command and Staff College.

Commodore Menhinick is married to Michelle. They have three children. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in International Relations and Strategic Studies, and a Master's Degree in Maritime Studies. His 2005 Master's Thesis 'Sea Control and Maritime Power Projection for Australia' was selected for publication by the University of Wollongong. He has also had a number of speeches and articles published in professional journals. His sporting interests are many and varied including snow skiing, squash, golf, cricket, rugby league and union, cycling and motor racing. Golf is played rarely and badly, but with eternal optimism.

1980 Jubilee Year Memorial Sword - Dux of the junior officer's fleet board;
1983 Royal Australian Naval College Medal - academic achievement;
1987 Sydney-Emden Prize - Dux RAN PWO Course 6;
1991 Commendation for Distinguished Service - First Gulf War;
1991 Meritorious Unit Citation - HMAS Brisbane First Gulf War;
2000 Conspicuous Service Cross - Capability Development;
2012 Member of the Order of Australia - New Generation Navy and Australian Command & Staff College.