"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 after 1969

Melbourne Crest

Westland Wessex 31A A/S Helicopters continued to fly

Wessex Wessex

McDonald Douglas Skyhawk A4G Aircraft

Craned on in San Diego Navay Air Station Nowra
A4G being loaded by crane in San Diego Trucked to HMAS Albatross - Naval Air Station, Nowra.

Skyhawks on deck 881 884
884 876 874

Grummand S-2E Tracker A/S Aircraft

Folded wings On the Catapult Landing On

Tracker on final

Westland Sea King Mk 50A A/S & SAR Helicopter

Sea King Sea King Navy Grey


Collapsed Nose Wheel Over Balanced Wire Broke
Floating Wessex On the Beach Recovering Wessex
Crashed Sea King Recovering Sea King Floating Seaking
Crashed Sea King Wheel Hanger Fire at Nowra Recovering Scout

16/06/70 Wessex ditched and recovered. 29/08/77 Tracker damaged, nose wheel collapsed.
08/11/73 Skyhawk lost, fell off bow when catapult failed. 23/05/79 Skyhawk lost, arrestor wire broke.
09/02/75 Tracker lost, crashed into the sea during "Touch and Go". 23/05/79 Sea King lost.
09/05/75 Sea King lost, crashed into the sea. 24/09/79 Skyhawk rolled off flight deck.
13/07/77 Wessex lost overboard. Nov. 1980 2 Skyhawks lost off flight deck in heavy seas.

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