On This Day
1960-1975 > Vietnam era
On This Day - 1960-1975
- July 17, 1975
Skyhawk A4G (872) was part of a 5-ship flight conducting bombing practice at the Beecroft Head Firing Range, NSW. 872 pulled up off the range and collided with the underside of 870. SBLT Malcolm McCoy (the pilot of 872) was killed, and the aircraft destroyed.
- 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.
- June 10, 1975
The Australian Naval Institute was founded in Canberra, under the leadership of CDRE V. A. Parker, RAN. The Institute exists to advance knowledge and understanding of naval and maritime affairs among serving and retired members of the RAN, and produces a quarterly journal.
- May 12, 1975
HMAS QUEENBOROUGH, the last of the five ‘Q’ class destroyers presented to the RAN as a gift by Great Britain, was towed out of Sydney, bound for Hong Kong and breaking up.