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HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager Collide, Jervis Bay, NSW, 1964

HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager Collide, Jervis Bay, NSW, 1964

On 10 February 1964 the aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne, collided with the destroyer, HMAS Voyager, during night-time manoeuvres off the coast of Jervis Bay, NSW. The collision cut HMAS Voyager in two with the heavy bow section sinking in 10 minutes and the rest of the ship sinking shortly after midnight. Of the 314 crew aboard, 82 died in the collision or drowned in the sinking bow. Though seriously damaged, HMAS Melbourne did not suffer any fatalities and sailed to Sydney the following morning carrying most of the Voyager survivors.

A four-month Royal Commission concluded that HMAS Voyager had not been fully aware of its location during the manoeuvre and HMAS Melbourne had failed to alert the destroyer of the disaster ahead. However, the report received such extensive criticism that Prime Minister Harold Hold announced a second Royal Commission in 1967. The new findings blamed the collision on miscommunication between the two crews, the failure of HMAS Voyager to know its position and calculate the room required to manoeuvre, insufficient training amongst both crews and equipment failures on both ships.
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HMAS Melbourne returns to Sydney
Lieutenant Tuke of HMAS Voyager,
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Lieutenant Tuke of HMAS Voyager,
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Peter Cabban today at Naval
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HMAS Melbourne returns to Sydney following its collision...
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HMAS Melbourne returns to Sydney following its collision...
HMAS Melbourne returns to Sydney following its collision with HMAS Voyager, 1964
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HMAS Melbourne returns to Sydney following its collision...
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HMAS Melbourne sails into Sydney Harbour with survivors...
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Gordon Duncan sues the Royal Australian Navy for post traumatic stress disorder, 2006
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Inquiry into the sinking of HMAS Voyager held at Garden Island, Sydney, 1964
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Inquiry into the sinking of HMAS Voyager held at Garden...
Gordon Duncan sues the Royal Australian Navy for post traumatic stress disorder, 2006
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Gordon Duncan sues the Royal Australian Navy for post...
HMAS Melbourne returns to Sydney following its collision with HMAS Voyager, 1964
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HMAS Melbourne returns to Sydney following its collision...
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