As the bottle of wine (Australian of course) shattered over her bows and Ms Agatha Grey-Wilson intoned the time hallowed words: “I name this ship Norman; may God bless her
*The first became Australia’s Minister for Defence. * The second piloted 8463 ships of the world through our major ports to set a record that probably never will be eclipsed.
HMAS Kanimbla II arrived in Sydney for the first time after commissioning in the United States.
CMDR Carolyn Brand, RAN, became the first female officer of the RAN to command an operational base when she took command of HMAS WATERHEN, (shore base, Sydney).