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HMAS Canberra

A fellow blogger’s comment got me thinking of Australia’s contributions to WW2 and I thought about what I knew regarding the Battle of Savo Island in August, 1942. The battle went badly for the Americans and for the Australians who supplied the HMAS Canberra, a heavy cruiser.

HMAS Canberra, lost Aug. 1942

The Canberra was lost as were a number of American ships. In honor of the Australian sacrifice the USN recommissioned an American Heavy Cruiser the USS Canberra, the only time in USN history that a capital ship has been named for a city outside of the US.



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