HMAS Melbourne

Three Royal Australian Navy ships have been named HMAS Melbourne:

-:- HMAS Melbourne - Chatham class light cruiser | 1912 - 1929.
-:- HMAS Melbourne (R21) Majestic class aircraft carrier | 1947 - 1985.
-:- HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) Adelaide class guided missile frigate | 1989 - 2012

HMAS Melbourne Ships

HMAS Melbourne (I)

The HMAS Melbourne was a 5,600 ton ship with eight 6-inch guns, served the Royal Australian Navy from its commissioning in England in 1912 until its decommissioning in 1928.

She saw war service in the operations against the German colonies in the SW Pacific in 1914, escorted the 1st AIF fleet from Albany, WA; saw service with the West Indies Squadron in 1915-1916; then served with the North Sea Fleet from 1916-1918.

In 1922 the Melbourne was involved in a dramatic rescue of the crew of an American schooner in the Tasman Sea, at the height of a hurricane.

HMAS Melbourne (II)

HMAS Melbourne (R21) was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier of the Royal Australian Navy. Operating from 1955 until 1982, she never fired a shot in anger during her career, however, she was involved in two major collisions with allied vessels.

On the evening of 10 February 1964, Melbourne collided with and sank HMAS Voyager when the Daring class destroyer altered course across her bow. Eighty-two of Voyager's crew were killed, and two Royal Commissions were held to investigate the incident.

The second collision* occurred on the morning of 3 June 1969, when Melbourne collided with and sank the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in similar circumstances. Seventy-four United States Navy personnel died, and a joint USN-RAN Board of Inquiry was held.

HMAS Melbourne (III)

HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) is an Adelaide class guided-missile frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Originally ordered as HMAS Torrens, the ship was renamed during construction, and entered service in 1992.

Melbourne has been deployed to the Persian Gulf on several occasions, and served as part of the INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce in 2000.

The HMAS Melbourne (III) is still operating in 2013.


2012 - Official apology for HMAS Melbourne captain

The Federal Government has apologised to the captain of HMAS Melbourne John Stevenson, for being made the scapegoat for one of Australia's most devastating naval disasters.

In June 1969, 74 American navy personnel died when the USS Frank E Evans collided with the Australian aircraft carrier during exercises off the coast of the Philippines.

Although blameless, the commander of HMAS Melbourne, John Stevenson, was made the scapegoat for the accident.

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HMAS Melbourne 

HMAS Melbourne (I) wikipedia

HMAS Melbourne (II) wikipedia

HMAS Melbourne (III) wikipedia

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