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06-February-2015 [Russell Byers]
06-February-2015 [Russell Byers]

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The plaque commemorates the personnel who lost their lives on the United States of America warship, U.S.S. Canberra which was torpedoed in 1944 during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by the red poppy in the second image. 

USS Canberra (CA-70/CAG-2) was a Baltimore-class cruiser and later a Boston-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. Originally to be named USS Pittsburgh, the ship was renamed before launch to honor the loss of the Australian cruiser HMAS Canberra during the Battle of Savo Island. USS Canberra was the first USN warship named after a foreign warship or a foreign capital city, the second being USS Boxer (CV-21)

The ship entered service in 1943, and served in the Pacific theatre of World War Two until she was torpedoed during the Aerial Battle of Taiwan- Okinawa and forced to return to the United States for repairs.




Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280524
Long: 149.148426
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:19-October-1944
Actual Event End Date:19-October-1944


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 1st October, 2000
Front Inscription

This Plaque Commemorates The Memory 
Of Those Who Gave Their Lives For 
Their Country When The 
In Battle Against Japanese Aircraft Off
The Coast Of Formosa On October 19,
1944, Was Torpedoed While Operating As
A Unit Of The Third Fleet Under

Source: MA
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