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


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


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


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




Commanding Officers Forward

Commander Roger Boyce, RAN


It is my very great pleasure to write the foreword to CANBERRA's 2002 Operation SLIPPER Deployment Cruise Book. While the Book focuses on our efforts during Operation SLIPPER, it is important to note that tumultuous events of 2001, from escorting wayward fishermen during Operation TEEBONE, to Exercises Kakadu V and Tandem Thrust, a South East Asia Deployment, peacekeeping in the Solomon Islands, the devastating low of the Extended Readiness planning and the triumph of the outstanding ORE result at the end of the year combined to set the scene for our efforts this year. From the freezing and stormy waters of the Southern Ocean to the hot and flat waters of the Arabian Gulf, CANBERRA has excelled at everything she has done.

The Book has been produced through the indefatigable and enthusiastic efforts of the Cruise Book Committee, who have tirelessly pursued the photographs, poems and articles that have made up this wonderful memento of CANBERRA's contribution to the international ‘War on Terror’. They have been supported along the way by the many, many people who have cheerfully contributed the necessary help, advice and know how to present you with the finished article you see before you.

The Book will have achieved it's aim if in the years to come an old CANBERRA sailor picks it up and spends a quiet interlude flicking through the pages and remembering the commitment, devotion and perseverance necessary to do the task we came to do. The heat and tedium, the anxious and exhilarating moments, the camaraderie and mateship, the satisfaction of knowing that we did the job to the absolute best of our ability and that our best was more than good enough.

The Book will also have achieved it's aim if the family or friends of an old CANBERRA sailor pick it up and catch a glimpse of what Mum or Dad, sister or brother, son or daughter did while they were away for that seemingly interminable time - and realise that nothing would have been possible without the steadfast support and love of those who kept our worlds at home safe for the day we finally came back.

CANBERRA achieved a great deal while she was away and proudly represented her Country and her Navy. It is my sincerest hope that this Cruise Book will serve to remind you of those days and your individual contribution to her success. You can feel justifiably proud of your efforts.

R. L. Boyce

Commander, Royal Australian Navy

Commanding Officer



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