HMAS Brisbane : Bridge : Original Signals Hut window with etched Navy vessel call signs

Accession Number REL32979.081
Collection type Technology
Object type Maritime vessel or watercraft
Physical description Perspex
Maker Defoe Shipbuilding Co
Place made United States of America: Michigan
Date made 1965-1967
Conflict Gulf War, 1990-1991
Vietnam, 1962-1975

Original Signals Hut window with etched Navy vessel call signs.

This relic consists of a 4 mm thick panel of perspex measuring 55 cm x 55 cm. There is evidence of silicone based sealant in patches around the periphery of the panel, where the relic had been inserted into a window frame contained within the Signals Hut of HMAS Brisbane.

The panel has the names and call signs of 23 vessels etched into it by hand. The ships are named as follows:- HMAS Perth, HMAS Hobart, HMAS Brisbane, HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Sydney, HMAS Darwin, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Newcastle, HMAS ANZAC, HMAS Arunta, HMAS Success, HMAS Fremantle, HMAS Warrnambool, HMAS , HMAS, HMAS Launceston, HMAS , HMAS Ipswich, HMAS Cessnock,

History / Summary

The bridge was removed from HMAS Brisbane after the ship was de-commissioned in 2001. The bridge is the control and command centre for the ship. HMAS Brisbane [II] was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in December 1967 and was the second vessel of that name to serve in the RAN. Known officially as DDG-41, Brisbane was the third of the RAN's American-built "Charles F. Adams" class guided-missiles destroyers. This class were the first major Australian warships designed and built in America, and were constructed by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co. The original complement of the Brisbane was 20 officers and over 300 sailors. Main armament was two 5-inch/54 calibre guns and anti-submarine torpedoes. The Ikara missile system was subsequently added. In later service the ship was known by the nick-name 'the Steel Cat'. HMAS Brisbane saw operational service in two conflicts. During the Vietnam War the ship undertook two tours of duty with the United States Seventh Fleet, in 1969 and again in 1971. The ship's major task was to provide gunfire support for the land campaign. During the Gulf War (1990-91), Brisbane was one of four Australian warships to serve a tour in Gulf waters. The Brisbane arrived in the Gulf in December 1990 and operated there until March 1991, performing a number of roles. Apart from contributing to the anti-aircraft defences in the carrier screen, the ship also kept watch for mines and ensured that small civilian craft kept well away from the carrier group. Later, during Operation Desert Storm, the Brisbane controlled fighter combat air patrols and tanker aircraft. The ship's final role was as an escort for US replenishment ships. In 2003 HMAS Brisbane was retired from service in the Royal Australian Navy. The Brisbane was the last steam powered ship in the RAN. HMAS Brisbane was sunk as a recreational dive wreck off the coast of southern Queensland in July 2005.