Hmas Sydney Essay

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HMAS SYDNEYHMAS SydneyHMAS Sydney was not the only ship out there to battle; there were four ships of the "Royal Australian Navy" which has borne the name of HMAS Sydney. The First HMAS Sydney was a Chatham-Class light cruiser which was built in Glasgow, Scotland (between 1911 and 1913). She was originally named Phoebe.Interestingly enough the second 'Sydney' ended in a tragedy (making this interesting) sweeping away all of the men aboard. Amazingly no one survived the catastrophic attack, which this battle has leaded into a mystery unknown for 66 years. Not knowing where it had sunk in the Indian Ocean.Sydney (battle ship) was a modified 'Leander Class Light Cruiser' was built in between the 1933-1935 at 'Wallsend on Tyne, England. Originally she would be named HMS Phaeton, but was purchased and renamed by the Australian Government before she was launched. Her brief career during WWII earned four of the seven battle honours which present ship bears. Her crowning glory was achieved on July 19, 1940, off Cape Spada in the Greek islands.On The afternoon of 19 November 1941, Sydney was of the coast of Western Australian, near Carnarvon, and heading south towards Fremantle. With a British destroyer squadron in company, she met two high-speed Italian light cruisers Giovanni delle Bande Nere and Bartolomeo Colleoni. In the running battle which followed, Colleoni was wrecked and later sunk by destroyers' torpedoes. Only the very high speed of Bande Nere saved her from a similar fate. While serving the Mediterranean, Sydney was also credited with the sinking of the Italian destroyer Espero and shared honours in the sinking of the destroyer Zeffiro during the Battle of Calabria. Sydney...

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