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ANMM Collection Reproduced courtesy of Robert McRae

The crew of HMAS TOWNSVILLE Tying Up Under the Bow of HMAS NEWCASTLE

Date: 2006
Dimensions:
755 x 560 mm
Medium: Watercolour, paper, pencil
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Robert McRae
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00040494

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    Description
    Artist Robert McRae was invited to record Exercise Ocean Protector which was held off Jervis Bay, NSW in February 2006. The annual exercise brings together naval and air force units from Australia and New Zealand to test their war-fighting skills. This painting is a portrayal of the crew of HMAS TOWNSVILLE and HMAS NEWCASTLE participating in the exercise.
    SignificanceThis is a painting by established Australian marine artist Robert McRae portraying a significant training and development event in the calendar of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Artworks such as this allow us a glimpse into the activities of the RAN.
    HistoryExercise Ocean Protector is an annual combined maritime exercise bringing together naval and air force units from Australia and New Zealand. They conduct a range of training activities off the east Australian coast to develop and test maritime fighting skills.

    HMAS TOWNSVILLE - a Fremantle class patrol boat - was one of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships involved in the joint exercise. The artist Robert (Bob) McRae was invited on board by the RAN to record the ship's activities during the exercise. He has been portraying naval ships since 1999 and is now represented in the Australian War Memorial and ANMM among other Australian galleries and museums.


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