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HMAS PERTH (DDG-25 / D-38)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - VKPT

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - GUNPOWDER
(Only used with 7th Fleet during the Vietnam War)

CLASS - CHARLES F. ADAMS As Built.
Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13), Ikara Launcher (x2), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City Mich on September 21 1962.
Launched September 26 1963.
Commissioned July 17 1965.
Built for the Australian Navy.
Decommissioned October 1999
Fate Scuttled in Albany in the South Western Part of Western Australia as a dive wreck.

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Perth 26kUndated, location unknown.Royal Australian Navy Photo
Perth 141kUndated, location unknown. Photo courtesy of her Commanding Officer.Robert Hurst
Perth 93kCirca 1966, location unknown. Royal Australian Navy Official photo. From the 1966/67 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Perth 46kCirca 1968, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Perth 104kHMAS Perth (DDG-38) underway circa 1980. Photo by Nick Thome.Robert Hurst
Perth 56kDecember 12 1980, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Perth 192kThe guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth (D38) underway, on 27 November 1991. DoDMedia photo DN-SC-92-02627.Robert Hurst
Perth 78kHMAS Perth (DDG-38) alongwith HMAS Jervis Bay (GT-203) underway as part of an Australian/U.S. Navy task group off Townsville, Queensland, on 10 May 1992, while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Photo ID: DNSC9600137.Robert Hurst
Perth 97kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 103kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 103kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 141kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 110kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 128kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 119kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 106kDecember 1995 at Fremantle, Western AustraliaGraeme D. Fuller
Perth 222k980720-N-2619S-003. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 20 1998, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships HMAS Melbourne (FFG 4) and HMAS Perth (DDG 38) moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor during exercise Rim-of-the-Pacific '98 (RIMPAC 98). U.S. Navy photo by PH2 August Sigur.Robert M. Cieri
Perth 188kDF-ST-98-04605. Pacific Ocean, July 24 1995, port beam view of the guided missile destroyers HMAS Perth (D-38) and Brisbane (D-41) underway. The destroyers are steaming north for Kangaroo '95, Australia's largest joint military exercise during Iron Fist '95. U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Andy Dunaway.Robert M. Cieri
Perth 79kRAN photo of the HMAS Perth (D-38), HMAS Hobart (D-39) and HMAS Brisbane (D-41) during the last days of their active service.Bill Bowley, HMAS Hobart Association
Perth 42kRAN photo of the HMAS Perth (D-38), HMAS Hobart (D-39) and HMAS Brisbane (D-41) during the last days of their active service.Bill Bowley, HMAS Hobart Association
Perth 136kRAN photo of the HMAS Perth (D-38), HMAS Hobart (D-39) and HMAS Brisbane (D-41) during the last days of their active service.Robert M. Cieri
Perth 201kBelt buckle circa 1985.Lee Noland

HMAS PERTH D-38 History
This vessel is not a part of the DANFS Project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Colin Benporath

CAPT Ian Cartwright    Jul 17 1965 - Jul 11 1966
CAPT Peter Doyle    Jul 11 1966 - Nov 27 1966
LCDR Ian Knox    Nov 27 1966 - Dec 10 1966
CAPT Peter Doyle    Dec 10 1966 - Apr 10 1968
CAPT David Leach    Apr 15 1968 - Jun 2 1969
CDR David Thompson    Jun 2 1969 - Jan 9 1970
CAPT Ian Burnside    Jan 7 1970 - Nov 14 1971
LCDR Michael Freeman    Nov 14 1971 - Nov 30 1971
CAPT Robert Percy    Dec 1 1971 - May 28 1973
CAPT Ian Nicholson    May 29 1973 - Feb 8 1974
CAPT Peter Hutson    Feb 9 1974 - May 15 1976
CAPT Eric Johnston    May 15 1976 - Jan 5 1978
CAPT Howard Berger    Jan 6 1978 - Jan 6 1980
CAPT Adrian Cummins    Jan 29 1980 - Nov 18 1981
CDR Don Chalmers    Nov 18 1981 - Sep 26 1982
LCDR Jim Parsons    Sep 27 1982 - Nov 8 1982
CDR Don Chalmers    Nov 9 1982 - Mar 13 1983
CDR Ian Pfennigwerth    Mar 13 1983 - Dec 19 1984
CDR Graham Sloper    Dec 19 1984 - Jan 14 1986
CAPT Leonard Sulman    Jan 14 1986 - Jan 7 1987
CDR Ian Whitehouse    Jan 8 1987 - Dec 9 1987
CDR Martin Smith    Dec 9 1987 - May 31 1989
CAPT Chris Oxenbould    Jun 1 1989 - Sep 28 1990
CDR Philip Purnell-Webb    Sep 28 1990 - Oct 22 1990
CAPT Tim Cox    Oct 22 1990 - Feb 15 1992
CAPT Geoffrey Walpole    Feb 15 1992 - Jun 7 1993
CAPT Russell Edward Shalders    Jun 7 1993 - Aug 17 1994 (Later VADM)
CDR Antony Ladomirski    Aug 17 1994 - Jan 16 1995
CAPT Geoff Smith    Jan 16 1995 - Jul 17 1996
CAPT Brian Robertson    Jul 17 1996 - Apr 14 1998
CAPT Lou Rago    Apr 14 1998 - Oct 15 1999

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Alan Rodgers
Address: 27 Little River Cove, Jane Brook, WA 6056, Australia
Phone: 08 9250 8449
E-mail: 3jolerojas@bigpond.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
HMAS Perth Website
Adams Class Veterans Association Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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