"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep...He raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves...they reel to and fro and stagger like drunken sailors!" (psalm 107)

HMAS Melbourne, the Aircraft, Pre 1968

Melbourne Crest

Aircraft of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm flying from HMAS Melbourne

De Havilland Sea Venom All Weather Fighter Aircraft

On the lift Venom on deck Catapulting a venom
Venom 'Y' Venom landing Venom recovery
Venom on finals

Fairy Gannet ASI Anti Submarine Aircraft, Fairey Aviation Company Ltd

On Catapult Launch
Hook Down About to Land Unhooking
Catchung a wire Gannets spotted for starting

Bristol Sycamore HR50/51 Helicopter

Sycamore Helo Sycamore Helo Sycamore Helo

Westland Wessex 31A A/S Helicopter

Wessex on Deck Lift Off
Wessex Wessex


Crash on Deck Crash on Deck Crash on Deck
Sycamore in the Drink Venom Crash Wessex Crash

09/08/56 Venom lost, crew lost, crashed after takeoff. 17/09/62 Sycamore damaged on landing.
24/05/57 Sycamore lost, dropped into the sea. 25/04/63 Gannet lost, ditched.
21/11/57 Sycamore lost, dropped into the sea. 02/02/65 Gannet lost, ditched.
16/06/58 Gannet lost, ditched. 23/03/65 Gannet lost with death of Observer, hook broke on landing.
08/10/59 to 28/03/60 5 Venoms extensively damaged in landings. 24/02/66 Gannet lost, crashed over the side.
09/05/60 Gannet lost, ditched. 28/04/66 Gannet lost, crashed over the side.
04/03/61 Sycamore lost, dropped into the sea. 05/05/67 Wessex ditched and recovered.
16/03/61 Gannet lost, ditched.

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