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Unit History: HMAS Melbourne

HMAS Melbourne Melbourne was the lead ship of the Royal Australian Navy’s Majestic class aircraft carriers.
Her keel was laid in 1943 by Vickers Armstrong, and she was launched as HMS Majestic in 1945. At the end of World War Two work was suspended on the ship until she was bought by the RAN in 1947.
With the extensive work to incorpurate the latest aircraft carrier technology she was not commissioned until 1955.
Melbourne was not involved in a combat role, however she did collide twice and sink other vessels, HMAS Voyager and USS Frank E.Evans.
She was decommissioned in 1982, and sent for scrapping in 1985. She was not allowed to rest and the Chinese used her for experiments in carrier flight operations.
She was finally broken up in 2002.

Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving HMAS Melbourne

"Quoting: Ian Hatch Was there not a carrier called Adelaide or such that attacked American destroyers back in the 1970s? Or was it the other way round? Ian That was HMAS Melbourne and she was scrapped in 1982. We were going the get the first of the thru deck cruisers from the RN but that deal fell thru due to the Falklands conflict. The other one we had was the HMAS Sydney but she basically became a troop ferry for the army to and from Vietnam. [hmas melbourne.jpg]"
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"Quoting: Arthur Rowsell Ian That was HMAS Melbourne and she was scrapped in 1982. We were going the get the first of the thru deck cruisers from the RN but that deal fell thru due to the Falklands conflict. The other one we had was the HMAS Sydney but she basically became a troop ferry for the army to and from Vietnam. [hmas melbourne.jpg] Rowly. The HMAS.Sydney that I knew was fitted out in this town. I have an idea her number was Q 90 something, or maybe not. I think that one..."
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"...know. Ipswich is some 2 1/2 hour drive from here. I am told that you can even see aircraft in the hangar and in one part you can see a messdeck. Photos will be taken on the day and some Admiral is doing the launch. Sinclair I believe. [hmas melbourne.jpg]"
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"...His lifts actually work and the two Harriers come up on the lifts. Still a lot of work to be done to it as there are no anchors and cables, no ships boats and no flight deck equipment on that model. He is also involved with building a model of the HMAS Melbourne which was supposed to be at the lake today, but the motors stuffed up and she needs a new rudder as the kids broke the last one. A really interesting day, but a long drive there and back. The detail in these models have to be..."
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"...you have many more and enjoy a few tots over the remaining years. I have a few more photos of the fleet and could send you the photos via email if you want. At the moment their is a major task on with the modellers to get completed a model of HMAS Melbourne complete with all the flight deck, hanger, and a messdeck in full detail. It was supposed to be ready now, but they are having some problems with the superstructure at the moment. When that is released for a launch on the lakes, I hope to..."
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Active From: 1943 - 1982

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