HMAS Canberra

This site is dedicated to all Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force personnel who have served in HMAS CANBERRA.


HMAS CANBERRA (1) D 33 from the 9th of July 1928 until she was sunk in action off Savo Island on the 9th of August 1942.


HMAS CANBERRA (2) FFG-02 from the 21st of March 1981 until Decomissioning on the 12th of November 2005.


HMAS Canberra (3) LHD-02 from Commissioning on the 23rd of November 2014.



HMAS CANBERRA (2) Operation Damask VI 1992-93


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AASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ and ASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ - HMAS Canberra 1993

On 29 November 2009, the Governor-General signed new Instruments of determination for the AASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ and ASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’.

A recent review by the Nature of Service Branch determined that service on Operation DAMASK VI during the period 13 January 1993 to 19 January 1993 was inappropriately classified.  In June 2009 the Prime Minister, following a recommendation by the CDF, agreed that the Operation DAMASK VI operational area be added to Schedule 2 of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).

The determinations for the AASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ and ASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ have been updated to reflect appropriate recognition for the ship’s company of HMAS CANBERRA engaged on Operation DAMASK VI in January 1993.

The Instruments amend the AASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ by adding a specific provision for service on Operation DAMASK VI, and amend the ASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ by adding an exclusionary clause preventing members being awarded both medals for the same deployment.

In accordance with established policy, eligible personnel who have been awarded the ASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ for Operation DAMASK VI will not be issued with the AASM until they physically return the previously awarded ASM; the exception being in cases where other clasps to the ASM are held, or where the Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ has been awarded for a separate deployment.


HMAS Canberra Operation Damask VI


Tomahawk Cruise Missile Engagement

This is a Infra red video of the 1993 Tomahawk cruise missile engagement from USS Caron (DD970). HMAS Canberra (FFG-02) provided force protection during the engagement, the video was shot from HMAS Canberra Seahawk Helicopter. One of USS Caron's pilots was embarked and took the video of the IR camera monitor inside the helo.

The crew of HMAS Canberra were recently awarded the Australian Active Service Medal in recognition of service of in the Australian Defence Force in this prescribed warlike operations


1992-93 Crew Nominal List of the 1992-93 Ships Company onboard for the Operation Damask - Northern Red Sea Deployment...More


Operation Damask VI 2011 Reunion - 02 April 2011

The HMAS Canberra Operation Damask VI Reunion was held at the Bells Hotel at Woolloomooloo NSW on the 02 April 2011...More



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Operation Damask VI- Northern Red Sea Deployment Cruise Book 1992-93

The HMAS Canberra deployed to the Red Sea in late 1992 to participate in Operation Damask VI....More


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Operation Damask VI Reunion 2011

The HMAS Canberra Operation Damask VI Reunion was held at the Bells Hotel at Woolloomooloo NSW on the 02 April 2011.The Reunion was attended by 50 personnel and was a resounding success...More