Australian Defence Force – Scuttling HMAS Canberra
The guided missile frigate, HMAS Canberra has undertaken roles including area air-defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction as an integral part of Australia’s defence force.
HMAS Canberra was launched in 1978 and commissioned in March 1981, the 4100 tonne ship served the Australian Navy for 24 years.
During her service Canberra covered 1.3 million kilometers and had military stints in the Persian Gulf, off the Solomon Islands, east of Africa and south of Russia.
Now laying in approx. 28M of water off Barwon Heads, Victoria, Ex-HMAS Canberra has become an exciting dive site with many thousands of recreational divers visiting the site, since her scuttling in 2009.
HMAS Canberra FFG-02 was built by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The second of six similar FFG-7 Class Guided Missile Frigates.
HMAS Canberra and her five sister frigates (HMAS Ships Adelaide, Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne and Newcastle), were the first Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships to be powered by gas turbines for their main propulsion.
HMAS Canberra’s role was to operate with other maritime forces to help keep the world’s sea lanes open and free by providing protection for military and merchant convoys.
To achieve this she was specifically designed to simultaneously counter the threats posed by submarines, air, surface and subsurface launched missiles and enemy warships. Accordingly, the ship was fitted with long range radar, sonar and electronic surveillance sensors which were co-ordinated by high speed computers to provide data for the ship’s weapon systems.