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02-April-2011
02-April-2011
Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans / Russell Byers

A plaque commemorates personnel who served on two ships named H.M.A.S. Perth during World War Two and the Vietnam War.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple

Dedication

Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF TWO SHIPS
HMAS PERTH

SECOND WORLD WAR  
1939 - 1942
Cruiser

The first HMAS Perth had a distinguished record in the Mediterranean. notably the Battle of Matapan and evacuation of Greece and Crete in 1941.  On 1 March 1942, after action in the Battle of the Java Sea, HMAS Perth was sunk in the Battle of the Sunda Strait, she lost 352 crew. All 320 survivors became prisoners of war; of these, 105 died in captivity.

VIETNAM 
1967 - 1971
Guided Missile Destroyer

The second HMAS Perth was in service for 34 years.  HMAS Perth served three deployments to the Vietnam War in 1967-68, 1968-69 and 1970-71.
For her Vietnam service, HMAS Perth was awarded both a US Navy Unit Commendation and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.  The second HMAS Perth was paid off in 1999 and scuttled off Albany, WA in 2001.

This plaque is dedicated jointly by the two generations of Australian sailors

 

Source: MA
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