RAN Chief of Navy announces there will be another ship to carry the name of HMAS Canberra
RAN Chief of Navy announces there will be another ship to carry the name of HMAS Canberra.
The new Helicopter Landing Dock Amphibious Ships and Air Warfare Destroyers will be named after the Australian cities that lent their name to earlier generations of RAN warships. The Air Warfare Destroyers will be named HMA Ships Sydney, Hobart and Brisbane, while the amphibious platforms will be named HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide.
The last Commanding Officer of Canberra (II), that was decommissioned late last year, CAPT R Leggatt, said he was “absolutely delighted with the news that one of the new amphibious ships will be named Canberra”.
“I know that Canberra I veterans and those personnel that served in Canberra II in her 24 years in commission will also be very proud and pleased,” he said. “Canberra I and II established a proud tradition and heritage in the RAN and it is very special that another Canberra will be able to carry on that heritage in the near future.
“Canberra also had a very close relationship with her namesake city and it is good that this important relationship will be able to be continued.”
The new ships will come into service from 2012.