On This Day
1960-1975 > Vietnam era
On This Day - 1960-1975
- December 3, 1975
HMAS OTAMA, (Oberon class submarine), was launched by Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, in Greenock, Scotland. She was the last of the Oberon class submarines built for the RAN.
- November 24, 1975
HMAS ANZAC, (Battle class destroyer), was sold out of service for breaking up in Hong Kong.
- November 17, 1975
RADM G. V. Gladstone was appointed Flag Officer Commanding Her Majesty’s Australian Fleet. His flagship was HMAS SUPPLY.
- October 5, 1975
HMAS SYDNEY, (aircraft carrier and fast troop transport), was sold for breaking up in South Korea.
- September 15, 1975
HMS ODIN, the last Royal Navy submarine to serve with the Australian Submarine Flotilla, sailed from Sydney.
- September 12, 1975
HMAS FLINDERS, (survey ship), completed the RAN’s first survey controlled by a satellite navigation system, off the coast of Bougainville
- September 5, 1975
Two armament workers were killed in an explosion at the RAN’s Armament Depot, at Newington, Sydney. The accident occurred during the testing of a torpedo firing pistol.
- July 20, 1975
CAPT A. S. Rosenthal, DSO and Bar, OBE, RAN, died in Melbourne.
- July 4, 1975
HMAS HOBART, (guided missile destroyer), represented Australia at the United States Bicentenary Celebrations at New York. Fifty ships of 30 nations participated in the ceremonial entry into the port.
- June 30, 1975
The uniformed strength of the RAN was 16,115 officers and ratings.