HMAS Brisbane (D41)

Brisbane underway in July, 1995. US Department of Defense photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1965
Launched
1966
Commissioned
1967
Decommissioned
2001
AD/BC
AD
History

Built in Bay City, Michigan, HMAS Brisbane (D41) was a Australian Perth-class guided missile destroyer. Upon completion, Brisbane made her way through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean, and thence to Australia. Brisbane made two deployments during the Vietnam War, providing gunfire support for the troops ashore, escort for aircraft carriers, and support for the interdiction of supplies and guerillas heading into South Vietnam. She supported disaster relief in Darwin after Cyclone Tracy mauled the city in December, 1974, and served in multiple deployments with the British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve through the 1970s and 80s. Brisbane participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991 as part of the blockading forces. Decommissioned in October, 2001, Brisbane was scuttled off the coast of Queensland as a dive site in 2005.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: She is estimated to have brought in 18 million dollars (Australian) to the economy in her role as a dive site, as of 2009.