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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - VKLC

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

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 February 15 1965.
Launched May 5 1966.
Commissioned December 16 1967.
Built for the Australian Navy.
Fate: Decommissioned October 19 2001 and then to be sunk off the
Queensland coast, in the Coral Sea for use as a recreational dive site.

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Brisbane 22kUndated, location unkown.Royal Australian Navy Photo
Brisbane 37kCirca 1968, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Brisbane 339kHMAS Brisbane (D-41) underway in 1969, location unknown. Royal Australian Navy, Official. Image from the 1969-70 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Brisbane 181kOff the coast of Vietnam in the 1969-70 era during replenishment exercises with the USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3).William P. Jones, M.D., Medical Officer, AFS-3
Brisbane 80kHMAS Brisbane (D-41) underway in 1970, location unknown. Royal Australian Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Brisbane 136kThe Australian guided missile destroyer HMAS Brisbane (D 41) underway on 22 April 1984, during Operation PITCH BLACK 84. The Brisbane is providing radar assistance for land based units and E-3A Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircraft during the joint US, Australian and New Zealand exercise. Photo by MSGT David N. Croft, DoDMedia.Robert Hurst
Brisbane 110kHMAS Brisbane undergoing a refit at Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney, Australia in 1986.Nick Jansen
Brisbane 116kAs above.Nick Jansen
Brisbane 72kMay 1, 1990, Pacific Ocean, a starboard bow view of the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) underway with its battle group during exercise RIMPAC `90 near Hawaii. The Australian guided missile destroyer HMAS Brisbane (D 41) and the Canadian frigate HMCS Annapolis (265) are underway to port of the Missouri.Fred Weiss
Brisbane 87kUnderway November 19 1990 for an overnight visit to HMAS Stirling (a base at Garden Island in Western Australia).Robert Hurst/Phil Pryer
Brisbane 53kJul 24, 1995, Indian Ocean, a port bow view of the guided missile destroyer HMAS Brisbane (D-41) underway. The Brisbane is steaming north for Kangaroo 95, Australia`s largest joint military exercise during Iron Fist `95.Fred Weiss
Brisbane 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
Brisbane 143kJuly 24 1995 seen during Kangaroo '95.Gerd Matthes
Brisbane 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
Brisbane 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
Brisbane 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
Brisbane 98kShoalwater Bay, Australia, May 19, 2001, HMAS Brisbane (D-41) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) cruise in Australian waters supporting operations during Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001. Tandem Thrust is a combined U.S. and Australian military training exercise being held in the Shoalwater Bay training area off the coast of Australia. More than 27,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines are participating in this training exercise for crisis action planning and execution for contingency response operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Andrew Meyers. [010519-N-4790M-005] May 19, 2001.Fabio Peņa
Brisbane 190kIn Sydney Harbor June 6 2004 after decommissioning.John Skillman

This vessel is not a part of the DANFS Project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Peter Maher and Colin Benporath

CAPT A. A. Willis    Dec 16 1967 - Oct 19 1969
LCDR A. L. Beaumont    Oct 20 1969 - Jan 4 1970
CAPT J. D. Stevens    Jan 5 1970 - Jan 4 1971
CAPT R. G. Loosli    Jan 5 1971 - Dec 17 1972
CAPT P. M. Rees    Dec 18 1972 - Dec 31 1973
CAPT M. W. Hudson    Jan 1 1974 - Aug 24 1975
CAPT R. W. Burnett    Aug 25 1976 - Feb 24 1978
LCDR R. A. Howland    Feb 25 1978 - Jul 27 1978
LCDR T. J. O'Sullivan    Jul 28 1978 - Jan 17 1979
CAPT R. M. Baird    Jan 18 1979 - Nov 7 1980
CAPT J. S. Dickson    Nov 8 1980 - Sep 13 1982
CDR E. G. Stubington    Sep 14 1982 - Jul 11 1984
LCDR P. L. Elliott    Jul 12 1984 - Sep 2 1984
CAPT K. A. Doolan    Sep 3 1984 - Aug 25 1985
CDR G. F. Smith    Aug 26 1985 - Dec 15 1986
CDR A. P. Smith    Dec 16 1986 - Jun 9 1987
CAPT R. A. K. Walls    Jun 10 1987 - Dec 19 1988
CAPT E. G. Stubington    Dec 20 1988 - Jun 12 1989
CAPT G. A. Morton    Jun 13 1989 - May 29 1990
CDR R. C. Moffitt    May 29 1990 - Jun 24 1990
CAPT C. A. Ritchie    Jun 25 1990 - Oct 29 1991
CAPT D. J. Shackleton    Oct 30 1991 - Dec 18 1992
CDR A. W. Flint    Dec 19 1992 - Jan 3 1995
CDR M. H. De Vries    Jan 4 1995 - Jun 14 1996
CDR S. J. Hart    Jun 14 1996 - Jan 5 1998
CDR P. D. Leschen    Jan 5 1998 - Aug 12 1999
CAPT R. C. Moffitt    Aug 12 1999 - Dec 13 1999
CAPT C. W. Darby    Dec 13 1999 - Oct 19 2001

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