VARS Patron

Mac Gregory - Distinguished naval officer and historian

Lieutenant Commander (RAN retired) Mackenzie J. Gregory (Mac), VARS Patron
Lieutenant Commander (RAN retired)
Mackenzie J. Gregory (Mac)
VARS Patron

We are very honoured to have Lieutenant Commander (RAN retired) Mackenzie J. Gregory (Mac) as the patron for VARS.

Mac joined the Royal Australian Naval College as a 13 year old Cadet Midshipman in January, 1936. His term was sent to sea in August 1939, as World War 2 was impending.

Mac, during WW2, served in our three 8-inch cruisers, 'Australia', 'Canberra', and, 'Shropshire', plus in the light cruiser 'Adelaide'. He was the Officer of the Watch in 'Canberra' when the Battle of Savo Island commenced at 0143 on 9 August 1942, the night she was sunk. He was in 'Shropshire' for the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945.

Post war, Mac completed the first combined Torpedo Anti-Submarine Specialist Long course in UK Naval Schools. In his specialist capacity he served in the destroyers 'Warramunga' and 'Bataan', at Navy Office, and at the TAS school. From 1950 to 1953 he was appointed Aide de Camp to His Excellency the Governor General of Australia at Government House Canberra ("a quite fascinating time" according to Mac).

Finally, he was Fleet TAS Officer on the staff of the Flag Officer Commanding the Australian Fleet, in the Carrier 'Vengeance'.

Mac keeps himself busy with research and a bit of writing, finishing a trilogy about the German Armed Raiders of both World War I and World War II, and finally the Confederate Armed Raiders of the American Civil War. He recently finished a work on German Armed Merchant Ships of World War II 'Marauders of the Sea' and wants to round it off by covering their counterparts of World War I.

Mac is a fascinating character with a wealth of naval knowledge and a great store of tales to tell. His network of contacts in the naval world is second to none. His website (Ahoy - Mac's Weblog - http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/) is dedicated to all "Who went down to the sea in ships" in World War 2, in whatever capacity they may have served the cause of freedom, but especially to the Eighty Four Officers and Men who died in H.M.A.S. Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island, on the 9th of August, 1942.

We are very grateful to Mac for agreeing to act as our patron and look forward to working with him as this project progresses.

We are very excited to announce that Lieutenant Commander (RAN retired) Mackenzie J. Gregory (Mac) has agreed to act as patron for VARS.

Mac joined the Royal Australian Naval College as a 13 year old Cadet Midshipman in January, 1936. His term was sent to sea in August 1939, as war was impending.

Mac, during WW2, served in our three 8inch cruisers, 'Australia', 'Canberra', and, 'Shropshire', plus in the light cruiser 'Adelaide'. He was the Officer of the Watch in 'Canberra' when the Battle of Savo Island commenced at 0143 on August 9, 1942, the night she was sunk. He was in 'Shropshire' for the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945.

Post war, Mac completed the first combined Torpedo Anti-Submarine Specialist Long course in UK Naval Schools. In his specialist capacity he served in the destroyers 'Warramunga' and 'Bataan', at Navy Office, and at the TAS school. From 1950 to 1953 he was appointed Aide de Camp to His Excellency the Governor General of Australia at Government House Canberra ("a quite fascinating time" according to Mac).

Finally, he was Fleet TAS Officer on the staff of the Flag Officer Commanding the Australian Fleet, in the Carrier 'Vengeance'.

Mac keeps himself busy with research and a bit of writing, finishing a trilogy about the German Armed Raiders of both World War I and World War II, and finally the Confederate Armed Raiders of the American Civil War. He recently finished a work on German Armed Merchant Ships of World War II 'Marauders of the Sea' and wants to round it off by covering their counterparts of World War I.

Mac is a fascinating character with a wealth of naval knowledge and a great store of tales to tell. His network of contacts in the naval world is second to none. His web site (Ahoy - Mac's Weblog - http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/) is dedicated to all "Who went down to the sea in ships" in World War 2, in whatever capacity they may have served the cause of freedom, but especially to the Eighty Four Officers and Men who died in H.M.A.S. Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island, on the 9th of August, 1942.

We are very grateful to Mac for agreeing to be our patron and look forward to working with him as the ex HMAS Canberra project progresses.

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