Topic: Battle of Savo Island

HMAS Canberra holds solemn memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Ryan Tascas (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, lays a wreath to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I) off Savo Island, Solomon Islands. (photo: LSIS Ryan Tascas)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, lays a wreath to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I) off Savo Island, Solomon Islands.

In a solemn sunrise ceremony in the seas of the Solomon Islands, 84 members of HMAS Canberra (III) held tiny wooden crosses bearing the names of the 84 crew who lost their lives in a World War II naval battle fought there by the ship's namesake.

Remembering Canberra, 71 years on

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The Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Matt Anderson lays a wreath over the site where HMAS Canberra (I) was lost. (photo: )

The Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Matt Anderson lays a wreath over the site where HMAS Canberra (I) was lost.

On 9 August, service personnel, Dignitaries and local expatriates gathered onboard the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Maritime Vessel Lata to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I).