- The modified Leander class cruiser HMAS SYDNEY, (Capt. Fitzgerald, R.N.), was commissioned. HMAS SYDNEY was laid down in the Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Yard, at Wallsend-on-Tyne, England, on 8 July 1933, as HMS PHAETON, and launched 22 September 1934, after having been purchased for the RAN, as HMAS SYDNEY.
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HMAS Sydney (I) carried two ships bells. One which commemorated the ship's commissioning in 1911 and another that was presented to the ship on her arrival in her namesake port in 1913. The second bell was of solid silver weighing approximately 1000oz. It bore a representation of the City of Sydney Coat-of-Arms and the words “Presented by the citizens of Sydney to HMAS Sydney”. Both the coat-of-arms and the lettering were hand carved.
Warship Sydney commissions at sea. Published on May 19, 2020 by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer) The crew of HMAS Sydney (V) 'cheer ship' inside Jervis Bay, NSW following the ship's commissioning ceremony at sea. The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed its newest Air Warfare Destroyer into the Fleet in the first commissioning of an Australian warship at sea ...
HMAS Tobruk commissioned at Sydney on 8 May 1950 under the command of Commander Thomas K Morrison, OBE, DSC, RAN. The destroyer was the first ship to be named Tobruk in the RAN and was named in honour of the famous stand by Australian troops at Tobruk, Libya, in 1941. Left: Tobruk takes to the water for the first time.
HMAS Sydney (V) makes her first port visit since being commissioned, to the city of Newcastle, Australia. While many across Australia enjoyed celebrating the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the nation’s newest Guided Missile Destroyer, HMAS Sydney (V), sailed north from its home port to conduct the ship’s first port visit to the City of ...
Both ships were commissioned into the Royal Navy on 19 September 1910 and sailed for Australia, arriving at Port Phillip on 10 December 1910. The event was marred by the death of Engineer Lieutenant W. Robertson, RN, who suffered a heart attack 8 miles (13 km) outside Port Phillip Heads whilst onboard HMAS Yarra, and drowned.
The warship was commissioned into the RAN on 24 April 1928. Construction of Australia cost 1.9 million pounds, very close to the estimated cost. Australia and sister ship HMAS Canberra (also constructed by John Brown) were the only County-class vessels built in Scotland.
At 0844 hours, HMAS Sydney ordered the destroyers to ‘close and attack the enemy with torpedoes’. Course was altered together to 215°, and the Hyperion signalling the division to form on a line bearing 350°, at 0846 hours fired a ranging salvo. One minute later the enemy altered course to starboard. HMAS Sydney engaged enemy cruisers.
The ship was commissioned into the RAN as HMAS Sydney on 16 December 1948. Sydney ' s maiden voyage saw the delivery of the first two squadrons operated by the Fleet Air Arm: 805 Squadron with Hawker Sea Furies, and 816 Squadron with Fairey Fireflies. The two squadrons operated as the 20th Carrier Air Group (CAG).