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Melbourne Street

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Name Melbourne
Type Designation Street
Place Id 23806
Place Type Road
Status Registered
Date Registered 18 June 2010
Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  Palmerston City Council
History/Origin After HMAS Melbourne (II), a Modified Majestic Class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier of 15,740 tons, commissioned on 28 October 1955. Launched in 1945 as HMS Majestic, she wasn't completed before the end of the war and work continued slowly until in 1947 when the Commonwealth decided to purchase two aircraft carriers: HMAS Sydney (III) and Melbourne.

On 26 December 1974, the day after Darwin was devastated by Cyclone Tracy, Melbourne's ship company were recalled from Christmas leave and she 'crash' sailed from Sydney with HMAS Brisbane at 5pm on Boxing Day, carrying vital supplies to assist in what became known as Operation NAVY HELP DARWIN She arrived in Darwin on 1 January 1975 and remained in the Darwin area until 18 January 1975, at which time she returned to Sydney to carry out pre-deployment preparations for Exercise RIMPAC 75, which was held in the Hawaii Operations Area in March.

HMAS Melbourne was decommissioned on 30 June 1982, having spent 62,036 hours underway and having steamed 868,893 nautical miles.

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
18/06/2010 Date added to the Register
23/06/2010 NTG25
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