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Tag Archives: HMAS Canberra

The sinking of the Canberra

By 7 August 2013

As we come up on the 9 August anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra fighting the Imperial Japanese Navy off Savo Island the Navy have featured a history of the action.
This bit was new to me:
The Allied Screening Force was positioned in night dispositions around the amphibious transport groups off Guadalcanal and Tulagi. [...]

A long lingering look at the Canberra

By 19 April 2013

The Navy has very kindly posted a lengthy look at the NUSHIP Canberra as she nears completion at Williamstown:
This video gives a good look around the Nuship Canberra at its current state of completion. Nuship Canberra is the first of the Landing Helicopter Dock ships and is currently under construction at the BAE Systems Williamstown [...]

The Canberra gets named (officially)

By 15 February 2013

The Herald Sun has word that we’ve marked the Fall of Singapore by naming the HMAS Canberra (which in its way marks the rebirth of Australian strategic independence).
Speaking at a ceremony in Melbourne to name the first of two LHDs on Friday, Ms Gillard noted it was the 71st anniversary of the surrender of Singapore.
That [...]

HMAS Canberra complete!

By 12 December 2012

The Navy has facebooked the last block being fitted onto the HMAS Canberra at Williamstown.
For anyone with an interest in Australia’s strategic independence it’s a big thing and a very great honour for this city that the first one is named after us.
Over the next 40 years it’s going to be doing a lot of [...]

HMAS Canberra arrives!

By 17 October 2012

The Royal Australian Navy have put up a gallery of pictures from the arrival in Melbourne today of the new HMAS Canberra.
They tweeted just how important this ship and its sister Adelaide are going to be:
Imagery: MV Blue Marlin arrives in Port Phillip Bay with the hull of the future @australian_navy LHD HMAS Canberra. bit.ly/RzTAlb
— [...]

Mindblowing pictures of HMAS Canberra on its way to Melbourne on the deck of an even bigger ship

By 18 August 2012

The pretences are dropping away, we all know the HMAS Canberra is going to be Australia’s first aircraft carrier since the early 1980s and now the Master Mariners have jaw dropping pictures of the huge beast being lugged from its shipyard in Spain back to Melbourne sitting on top of the MV Blue Marlin.
Last [...]

70 Years since HMAS Canberra was lost today

By 9 August 2012

Fred Smith’s song is well worth listening to. Also the wikipedia page.
Pictured is the memorial by the Carrillon today.

A photo of HMAS Canberra as good a reason as any to give Lucky Blue Guitar a spin

By 24 July 2012

The all seeing eye scours the internet for mentions of Canberra which means I occasionally get alerted to Canberra bombers, the SS Canberra, and if I’m very lucky like today, photographs of the mighty HMAS Canberra.
For those unfamiliar with it HMAS Canberra was lost fighting the Imperial Japanese Navy on 8 August 1942 at the [...]

Painting the Canberra under construction

By 17 July 2012

The War Memorial have YouTubed the work of artist Peter Churcher who has been painting the construction of the forthcoming Canberra Class aircraft carriers (let’s stop pretending this is about disaster relief).
See artist Peter Churcher talk about a series of paintings, recently unveiled at the Australian War Memorial, that document the construction of two Landing [...]

That would look quite good on the HMAS Canberra

By 12 October 2011

As work continues in Spain on the immense HMAS Canberra we can’t help but get a little excited by this footage of a supersonic stealth fighter landing on a similar size flat top that doesn’t even have an enormous ski ramp on the front.
Here’s some video of the thing doing takeoffs too.

HMAS Canberra – Inspirational video

By 19 February 2011

The shipbuilder Navantia have published a glorious inspirational video of the immensity of the newly launched HMAS Canberra.
But what’s this at 0:46? No Admiral Crane, it’s not an aircraft carrier at all…
Bear in mind a lot of this imagery has either been shot on the one they made earlier, the Juan Carlos I, or [...]

HMAS Canberra Launched – With Video

By 18 February 2011

The ABC reports that the gargantuan HMAS Canberra has been launched and christened in Ferrol (spain).
Wikipedia has all the details on what these beasts can carry and do when it enters service in 2014.
Pictured is the first ship built to this design, the Juan Carlos I.
You might note that despite Admiral Crane’s protestations, that [...]

The port side of the dive wreck formerly known as HMAS Canberra

By 26 April 2010

Underwater Camera and Housing are showing off their gear in this look at the final resting place of the second HMAS Canberra. (The first being a lot of the iron in the Solomon’s Iron Bottom Sound).
Watch for the Titanic moment!

Keel goes down for the transforming HMAS Canberra

By 3 October 2009

The Geelong Advertiser is advising readers as to the best spots to see the old HMAS Canberra go down tomorrow as she’s converted into a dive reef.
So perhaps it’s appropriate that the Spanish mega ship builder Navantia last week announced that the first sections of keel have been laid down for the new HMAS Canberra.

(Image: [...]

Canberra to be Scuttled by Victorians

By 27 August 2009

On September 12 2009 Canberra is going under. The now decommissioned HMAS Canberra that is.
The Brisbane Times informs us (nothing from our local rage that I could find) that the second RAN ship to go by the name Canberra is to be scuttled off Victorian waters to become a divers paradise.The Victorians seem to be [...]

The first HMAS Canberra in colour

By 9 January 2009

The all-seeing eye of RiotACT spotted a new blog entry on the first HMAS Canberra, lost at the Battle of Savo Island and now a good chunk of the iron in the Iron Bottom Sound.
The entry isn’t remarkable for it’s information, the wikipedia entry has much more. But I’ve never seen such a good colour [...]

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