No Pleasure Cruise: The Story Of The Royal Australian Navy

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Allen & Unwin, Jul 1, 2004 - History - 350 pages
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In 1901 Australia's fledgling Federal Government assumed the responsibility for the new nation's defence. Their first task was to take the aged and obsolete remnants of the colonies' navies and create a national navy to defend our island's coastal waters and overseas trade routes.

For the first 40 years the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was designed to serve alongside the Royal Navy, and resembled it in everything but scale. After the Second World War the RAN developed along US lines but, despite these overseas ties, the RAN has developed its own proud character and tradition and has entered the twenty-first century as a confident and independent force in its own right.

In No Pleasure Cruise, Australia's best-known naval historian, Dr Tom Frame, charts the RAN's emergence as one of the world's strongest and most respected navies, and its evolving relationship with the Australian public, press and parliament.

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Strategic sea base? 177085
Pax Britannica 17861855
Colonial navies 18561900
National navy 190113
First test 191419
Trials and tribulations 192038
Global war 193941
Wars and rumours of wars 194664
Up top 196572
Finding a niche 197389
Across the seas 19902003
The new millennium
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The continent under threat 194245

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About the author (2004)

Dr Tom Frame is a former RAN officer, a leading naval historian and the author of numerous bestselling naval histories including Mutiny!, Where Fate Calls: the HMAS Voyager tragedy and HMAS Sydney: loss and controversy.

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