Category: HMAS Melbourne (1947)

Categories: Royal Australian Navy Ships | Australian Defence Force, Malayan Emergency

This category contains profiles of those who served aboard the HMAS Melbourne (1947)

HMAS Melbourne (R21) was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Operating from 1955 until 1982, she was the third and final conventional aircraft carrier to serve in the RAN. The ship was laid down for the Royal Navy as the lead ship of the Majestic class in April 1943, and was launched as HMS Majestic (R77) in February 1945. At the end of the Second World War, work on the ship was suspended until she was purchased by the RAN in 1947. At the time of purchase, it was decided to incorporate new aircraft carrier technologies into the design, making Melbourne the third ship to be constructed with an angled flight deck. Delays in construction and integrating the enhancements meant that the carrier was not commissioned until 1955. Melbourne never fired a shot in anger during her career, having only peripheral, non-combat roles in relation to the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation and the Vietnam War. She was, however, involved in two major collisions with allied vessels; though Melbourne was found not to be the primary cause of either incident. Melbourne was paid off from RAN service in 1982.

Wikipedia: HMAS Melbourne (R21)


Person Profiles (4)

11 Jun 1907 Wooroolin, Queensland, Australia - 11 Aug 1983 photo
11 Dec 1910 Brunswick, Victoria, Australia - 24 Feb 1987 photo
1950s Privacy Level: Private with Public Family Tree (Yellow) photo Active member10
03 May 1913 Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia - 10 Jul 1998 photo




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