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Photographer:Tony Martin [View profile]Title:HMAS MELBOURNE R21Added:Dec 21, 2020
Location:Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia
Photo Category: Aircraft Carriers
At anchor at Athol Buoy Naval mooring awaiting sale late 1980's. HMAS Melbourne (R21) was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Operating from 1955 until 1982, she was the third and final conventional aircraft carrier to serve in the RAN. Melbourne was the only British Commonwealth naval vessel to sink two friendly warships in peacetime collisions.

Modified Majestic Class
Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness, England
Laid Down
15 April 1943
28 February 1945
Launched by
Lady Anderson, wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer
28 October 1955
30 June 1982
Dimensions & Displacement
15 740 tons (standard)
20 000 tons (full load)
Length 701 feet 5 inches (overall)
Beam 80 feet 2 inches
Draught 25 feet 5 inches
Flight Deck 690 feet 8 inches
Daring Class destroyer is HMAS Vampire now a museum ship.
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Tony Martin on Dec 22, 2020 06:08 (29 days ago)
Paul and Wade, thank you for your comments. One may say she had an interesting career.
WadeArmstrong on Dec 21, 2020 08:29 (1 month ago)
The Ship-Killer: HMAS Melbourne cut two of her own escort ships in two: HMAS Voyager (D04) in Feb 1964, and USS Frank E Evans (DD754) in June 1969. While neither was the fault of Melbourne, it is a tough reputation to live down.
Paul Finnigan on Dec 21, 2020 07:02 (1 month ago)
Historical view Tony.
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