Australia has a long and proud history of developing high-class, modern-day warships. However, this history stems back many years to before the Second World War. After the war had come to an end, though, several new ships were developed. The world had entered a new age of naval technology, and the post-war developments were key to keeping the Australian navy at its peak in terms of firepower. One ship that was developed in this post-war era was the HMAS Brisbane II.
HMAS Brisbane (II) was the third of three improved Charles F Adams Class guided missile destroyers (DDG) built in the United States for the RAN; her sister ships were HMA Ships Perth (II) and Hobart (II). The destroyers were referred to in the RAN as Perth class DDGs and their primary role was air defence.
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On 29 June 1961, the Minister for Defence, Mr Athol Townley, announced the decision to acquire two DDGs, to be built in American shipyards. A third DDG, which became HMAS Brisbane (II), was later ordered in lieu of modifying the existing Battle, and later, Daring Classes.
Construction of Brisbane began at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan, on 15 February 1965. She was the 27th DDG to be built in the United States and the third for Australia. She was launched on 5 May 1966 by the wife of the Minister for the Navy, Mrs Mavis Mary Chaney, in front of a crowd of approximately 5000 people. After receiving a telegram from her sister ship, Hobart, stating “Come on in, the water’s fine”, Brisbane slid down the 70-foot slipway and into the Saginaw River.
She was commissioned in the RAN under the command of Captain Alan Willis, RAN, on 16 December 1967 at Number One Pier, Boston Naval Shipyard. In honour of the occasion, the day had been declared Brisbane Day throughout the ‘Commonwealth’ of Massachusetts by the Governor, Mr John A Volpe.
Brisbane departed Los Angeles for Australia on 28 September. She arrived in her namesake port, Brisbane, via Pearl Harbor and Suva, on 17 October, and the following day, at a ceremony conducted in the Botanical Gardens, the Freedom of the City of Brisbane was conferred on HMAS Brisbane. She arrived in her home port of Sydney for the first time on 22 October. By then she had already steamed more than 30,341nm since commissioning.
HMAS Brisbane decommissioned on 19 October 2001 in front of approximately 1700 guests marking the end of the DDG era in the RAN. More than 7000 officers and sailors served in Brisbane during her service life. Brisbane now lies as a dive wreck 4.2 miles off Point Cartwright on the Queensland coast and forms the centrepiece of the ‘Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park’.
One of Brisbane‘s 5-inch gun mounts may be found on display outside the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, positioned in front of her bridge and forward superstructure which forms part of the the post-1945 conflicts gallery.