HMAS Ballarat

Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Alex Cramp and Leading Seaman Communications Information Systems Gabby Saunders hoist flags as HMAS Ballarat approaches USNS Big Horn for a replenishment at sea. HMAS Ballarat is currently on a three-month deployment to Southeast and Northeast Asia. While deployed, the ship is conducting a number of Navy-to-Navy engagements with partner nations across the region. The deployment is part of the Australian Defence Force’s robust and long-standing program of international engagement in the Indo-Pacific, demonstrating Australia’s commitment to working with partners to address shared challenges, including maritime security....

Meg Haensel Fuss shared a post.(Facebook) We had a fairly big involvement in this "campaign" - ships were sent on 9 month duty tours to SE Asia, some of the ships & crews involved directly in the Malay Emergency were: Arunta & Warramunga (Tribal Class Destroyers); Anzac II & Tobruk (Battle Class Destroyers); Quiberon, Quickmatch & Queenborough (Q Class Destroyers); Melbourne CV21 & Voyager. Someone will be able to add more, not sure about smaller vessels such as patrol boats. The RAN & RAN Personnel also helped with the formation of the Malaysian Navy....

Australian War Memorial Onthis day in 1948 the Malayan Emergency was declared. On the morning of 16 June 1948 three European estate managers were murdered in two separate incidents in the Malaysian state of Perak by members of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). That evening, the British declared a state of emergency in several districts of Perak and Johore which were extended the following day to the whole of the two states. On the 18th of June a state of emergency was declared for all of Malaya. The Australian involvement in Malayan Emergency lasted from 1950 to 1960, making it one of the longest continuing military commitments in our history. 39 Australian servicemen died in this conflict....

US Navy names ship USS Canberra USS Canberra The Navy will christen a ship made in Alabama on Saturday, naming it after Australia’s capital city, military.com reports.   The littoral combat ship will be the second ship named the USS Canberra, according to a Navy news release. Australian Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos will give the main speech and his wife, Elizabeth Anne Sinodinos, will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow. Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne is the ship’s sponsor but cannot attend, the Navy said. Austal USA shipyard in Mobile is building one of two variants of what was designed as an affordable, fast ship to operate in shallow coastal waters, also called littoral waters. Lockheed Martin is building the other in Marinette, Wisconsin. The first USS Canberra, built in 1941, was the first Navy cruiser named after a foreign capital. Its original name was the USS Pittsburgh. It was renamed Canberra on Oct. 15, 1942, in honor of the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra, which sank during the Battle of Savo Island. The USS Canberra received seven battle stars in World War II and in 1958 was the ceremonial flagship for the selection of the Unknown Serviceman of World War II and Korea. After it was decommissioned in 1970, one of its propellers was given to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. In 2001, its bell was donated to the Australian National Maritime Museum. ...