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Loss of another Canberra Icon – HMAS Canberrra

By johnboy - 10 August 2008 7

Nearly missed this one.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Canberra (a Kent class heavy cruiser and at the time only one of two ships of that size in our fleet) in the aftermath of the Battle of Savo Island in 1942. 83 of her crew were lost in the operation with many more wounded.

The only ship in the history of the United States Navy to bear the name of a foreign capital, the USS Canberra was named in her honour.

Today our Canberra makes up a large chunk of the iron in the Solomon Islands’ “Iron Bottom Sound“.

In keeping with determined Navy tradition the next HMAS Canberra is going to be the biggest ship ever operated by the RAN when she enters service in 2012.

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7 Responses to
Loss of another Canberra Icon – HMAS Canberrra
johnboy 2:10 pm 11 Aug 08

Skip the meatsacks and go straight to un-manned if they’re clever.

Mr Evil 2:07 pm 11 Aug 08

That’s right – you buy this capability to kick arse! 🙂

Bring back the FAA, I say!

johnboy 2:05 pm 11 Aug 08

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

A cash-strapped one.

Things aren’t that bad.

As for assistance, sure they’ll do that too, but it’s not why you buy one, let alone two.

Mr Evil 2:03 pm 11 Aug 08

Or, the other side of the coin – use the capability to assist our neighbours during times of disaster?

Mælinar - *spoiler 1:57 pm 11 Aug 08

A cash-strapped one.

johnboy 1:51 pm 11 Aug 08

What government of busybodies can resist the capability to drop an air-supported tank battalion wherever they please?

Mr Evil 1:48 pm 11 Aug 08

“In keeping with determined Navy tradition the next HMAS Canberra is going to be the biggest ship ever operated by the RAN when she enters service in 2012.”

Unless Swanie and Ruddie pull the pin on them to balance the budget!

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