HMAS CANBERRA


This site is dedicated to all the Royal Australian Navy personnel who have served in HMAS CANBERRA

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HMAS CANBERRA (1) from the 9th 0f July 1928 until she was sunk off Savo Island on the 9th of August 1942.

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HMAS CANBERRA (2) from the 21st of March 1981 until the Decommissioning on the 12th of November 2005.

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HMAS CANBERRA (3) commissioning at Fleet Base East in Sydney, Australia in 2014.

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THE HMAS CANBERRA CRUISE BOOK FOR 2002

THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER M.A.C. MENNON RAN

Executive Officers Message

 

Winter in Summer, Summer in Winter, that’s been our experience this year. Most deployments involve a short stint up top (South East Asia) or Hawaii for part of winter, but this year we have seen two extremes, from sub zero temperatures in February apprehending illegal fishermen to the 40s and 50s catching illegal oil and date smugglers. ‘We’ve all done wonderfully well’ as Young Mr Grace always said, but really, the Department upheld it’s commitment to both deployments extremely well. From the Foc’sle to After Steering, GDP to 3 Aft Mess, Hunter, Mustang and oh yes even Donkey. Whether it be driving the boats, endless small arms training, keeping the surface picture, avoiding dhows with fishing nets, diving to clear the prop of said nets, keeping the communications open with our lords and masters as well as our loved ones, running masochistic PT sessions in 40 degree heat or querying group threes, it’s been a big ask but we did it.

It is not possible to list the every member in the department and all their achievements, however, Davo and Lamby did an outstanding job driving the boats for both boarding parties, Trev kept Battle Force email alive and well, while Andy and Tab ran the LAN. Trages kept the Blue Force picture up to date, while keeping us all amused in the Command Briefs with his pronunciations - Sha la la la lah was by far the best, although his French was not too bad at all.Most of all we should all be proud of Canberra’s performance this year as we have all had a key part to play. Going from the cold of the Southern Ocean to the heat of the Arabian Gulf and still doing our country proud is a big achievement. It has been a real pleasure working with all of you, Thank You and Well Done.

 M. A. C. Menon

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Australian Navy

Executive Officer

 

 

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