"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep...He raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves...they reel to and fro and stagger like drunken sailors!" (psalm 107)


The Bensted Home Pages consist of records of my Royal Australian Navy Service and my Merchant Navy Service, and some pages dedicated to my favorite Navy Ships:
HMAS Curlew and HMAS Melbourne

HMAS Curlew HMAS Melbourne

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Vale Lieutenant Keith (Gus) Murray, DSC, RAN (Retired)

DSCOn 13th. December 1964, HMAS Teal under the command of Lieutenant Keith (Gus) Murray, whilst conducting patrols of the Singapore Strait intercepted two Indonesian sampans at night. Upon interception of the unlit sampans, Teal was fired upon with automatic weapons from the sampans. The sampans turned towards Indonesian waters, however one sampan was overpowered and surrendered to Teal following further small arms engagements that killed three Indonesian crew members and wounded four others.
Lieutenant Keith Murray was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, for his coolness and judgment during the action. The Distinguished Service Cross was the only award for gallant or distinguished service made to the Royal Australian Navy during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation.
Following a battle with dementia and ill health which attached to it, Gus Murray died on Tuesday, 16th. April 2013.

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