HMAS Sydney

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Memorial windows for the first three HMA Ships Sydney (right) and the carrier HMAS Melbourne

Five ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have been named HMAS Sydney, after Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales.

  • HMAS Sydney (1912), a Town-class light cruiser launched in 1912, decommissioned in 1928, and broken up for scrap
  • HMAS Sydney (D48), a Leander-class light cruiser launched in 1934, and sunk following a battle with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran on 19 November 1941
  • HMAS Sydney (R17), a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier launched in 1944, decommissioned in 1973, and broken up for scrap
  • HMAS Sydney (FFG 03), an Adelaide-class guided missile frigate launched in 1980, and decommissioned in 2015
  • HMAS Sydney (DDGH 42), a Hobart-class air warfare destroyer slated to enter service in 2020

Battle honours[edit]

Between them, vessels named HMAS Sydney have been awarded fourteen battle honours by the Royal Australian Navy.[1][2] These include two of the only three battle honours awarded in the 20th century for an action involving a single opposing ship:[3]


  1. ^ "Navy Marks 109th Birthday With Historic Changes To Battle Honours". Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Royal Australian Navy Ship/Unit Battle Honours" (PDF). Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Cassells, Vic (2000). The Destroyers: their battles and their badges. East Roseville, NSW: Simon & Schuster. p. 233. ISBN 0-7318-0893-2. OCLC 46829686. 
    The two action honours were awarded for the sinking of the German vessels Emden and Kormoran. The third honour was awarded to ships involved in the last battle of the battleship Bismarck.

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