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Congratulations, you've found our new website...!
On the 3rd of November, 2003, two members of the 13th MOBI Intake realised a long held vision to create a unique website, with an on-line forum for ALL ex-Naval Artificer Apprentices, (MOBI's/ Muppets), Phasies, Mechanicians, Direct Entry Tradespeople, etc., along with all the Support Staff, Instructors, Officers, Ship's Company and 'Friends'.

In fact its where anyone who ever 'did time' at HMAS Nirimba, better known to us as R.A.N.A.T.E., from its creation in 1956, until its demise following the graduation of the last intake in November 1993, could gather to renew old acquaintances, create new ones, swap 'warries', reminisce, plan reunions, keep informed and generally enjoy the comradeship and sense of community that was truly unique amongst the skilled hands of the


Since its inception we have been slowly building up this website, culminating with our upgrade to the latest phpBB3 software and launching it on the 8th of July 2013. As members, you are able to touch base with old friends, share your memories, view the historic photos of Nirimba in the Galleries, upload your own photos from your reunions and get-togethers, communicate via our PM (personal message) link and select personalised avatars (logos) for your 'posts'. So why not register now, jump in and check it out ...

Please take full advantage of the many features on this site as it was created for your enjoyment...

 Enjoy your visit...... Rick and Ned

Warrick "Rick" Pengilly, ex-CPOMTH3 - Hippy Chippy
John "Ned" Kelly, ex-WOMTH- Chippy Ned

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We would like to acknowledge the inspiration of a number of un-official RAN websites, including "The Gun Plot" and Warren Midgley, 14th MOBI Intake, the first to put together a website for a Nirimba Intake, our  computer/ internet 'guru' Charles, and finally to those who wittingly or unwittingly contributed to some of the graphics on our site. We couldn't have done it without you...! This is a privately owned and operated un-official NAVY website, specifically designed to create an on-line forum catering to our community of ex- and serving personnel of the Royal Australian Navy. All logos and trademarks and trade names and photographs appearing on this site remain the property of their respective owners. All else belongs to RAN Skilled Hands. Whilst RAN Skilled Hands Admin takes all due care it does not take any responsibility for the content of members posts.
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