HMAS Perth (D38)

Defoe Shipbuilding Company

July 17, 1965 - October 15, 1999

4500 ts

133.2 m

14.3 m

6.7 m


Steam turbines of 70,000 shaft horsepower, two waves

33 knots

"Fight And Flourish"

The HMAS Perth ( D38 ) was the lead ship of the Perth class of the Royal Australian Navy. She served from 1965 to 1999 in the Australian Navy and was the second ship, which was named after the city of Perth.


The keel laying of the Perth took place on September 21, 1962 held at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan, the launch took place on 26 September of the following year. The commissioning took place on July 17, 1965 held in Boston, following the destroyer remained for eight months before the American coast to train the crew and to test the technology. On 12 February 1966, the ship left for Australia, where it broke in on March 4 at the port of Perth.

In September 1967, the Perth ran out for the first use off the coast of Vietnam, where it operated until April 1968 as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet. In September 1969, in September 1970, two other eight-month stays shut off the Vietnamese coast with the U.S. Navy. The Perth came under enemy fire five times and was awarded the United States Navy Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation United States Navy.

1974 was the destroyer for the first major overhaul in Long Beach from the dock where he was fitted with a new control electronics and new computer equipment. In a second dry-dock period 1979/80, the drive systems of heavy oil have been converted to diesel oil.

After the end of the Vietnam War, the Perth operated mostly with American aircraft carrier associations in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. During a major overhaul in 1987, the radars and missiles starter have been modernized. In 1991, she visited Egypt and Greece, and took part in the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy. During her last big bet 1999 Perth once more visited Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.

On 15 October 1999 the destroyer was then taken out of service, he was sunk off the coast of Albany as Tauchriff 2001.