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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Decommissioning Image Gallery


HMAS Canberra spent more 280 days away from home port, visiting China, Japan, South Korea, Guam, Singapore and Malaysia as well as visits around Australia to Mackay, Sydney, Adelaide, Geraldton, Albany and Fremantle.

The ships company participated in memorable occasions including providing a guard for the Prime Minister at the World Expo in Japan, a freedom of entry in Canberra, and climbing the Great Wall of China...More

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Decommissioning Crew - 2005

The last voyage completed by the Decommissioning Crew was 280 days away from home port with visits to China, Japan, South Korea, Guam, Singapore and Malaysia as well as visits to Mackay, Sydney, Adelaide and more recently Geraldton, Albany and Fremantle...More

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Decommissioning Ceremony - 2005

HMAS Canberra was decommissioned from the Royal Australian Navy at Fleet Base West at 10:00 hrs Saturday 12 November . The Decommissioning Ceremony was attended by the Minister for Defence, Senator The Hon Robert Hill, the Fleet Commander, former CO's and crew members...More


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Decommissioning Ball - 2005

The ships company and veterans enjoyed a formal decommissioning ball on 5 November in Fremantle, with music provided by the rock band, The Hoodoo Gurus, and the Royal Australian Navy Band...More

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Hoodoo Guru's - 2005

The Hoodoo Gurus have a long history with HMAS Canberra.
Lead singer Dave Faulkner's father was a survivor from HMAS Canberra I, and the RAS song for Canberra played when breaking away from a replenishment at sea) has been the band's popular hit, 'A Thousand Miles Away'...More

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Final Searide - 2005

The Ship conducted its final searide for Family members of the Decommissioning Crew, it was also the last opportunity for Commissioning Crew members to go to see on HMAS Canberra, the ship departed Fleet base West and sailed to Fremantle, the HMAS Darwin crew manned the side and gave HMAS Canberra 3 cheers as the ship pulled out of Fleet base West...More

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Freedom of the City

HMAS Canberra Ships Company challenged the rite of the personnel to march with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, banners flying and drums beating in 1982, 1986 and 2005, a matter of custom in the centuries old tradition and upon production of HMAS Canberra’s Freedom of Entry scroll she stepped aside and let the march continue...More

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HMAS Canberra 1 Memorials

Images of Memorials and Memorial Services conducted in the memory of the 84 Sailors that lost their lives in HMAS Canberra 1 on the 9 August 1942, Lest we Forget...More

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