The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in a Museum

HMAS Brisbane – Bridge

Australian War Memorial - Joy of Museums - HMAS Brisbane (D 41) - Bridge 2

HMAS Brisbane Bridge is from HMAS Brisbane, which was the second vessel of that name to serve in the Royal Australian Navy. HMAS Brisbane was one of three Perth-class guided missile destroyers to serve in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She is named after the city of Brisbane, Queensland.

During her career, Brisbane made two deployments to the Vietnam War, was involved in the post-Cyclone Tracy disaster relief operation and deployed to the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War. Brisbane was decommissioned in 2001. Her bridge and one of her 5-inch (127 mm) guns were removed and preserved at the Australian War Memorial. The striped ship was then sunk as a dive wreck off the Queensland coast in 2005.

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Interior of HMAS Brisbane – Bridge

Other historical objects from the Australian War Memorial, featured in “Joy of Museums” include the following are some highlights:

Essential Facts:

  • Title:                        HMAS Brisbane – Bridge
  • Featuring:
    • Navigator / XO’s Chair
    • Ships Control Console
    • Voice Pipes
    • Ships Gyro Compass Repeat
    • Port and Starboard Propeller Revolution and rudder Indicators
    • Tactical Pilot Table
    • Ship’s Digital Speed Indicator
    • Captains Chair
  • Museum:                Australian War Memorial

Essential Facts: HMAS Brisbane (D 41)

  • Title:                       HMAS Brisbane (D 41)
  • Namesake:           City of Brisbane
  • Builder:                 Defoe Shipbuilding Company
  • Launched:            1966
  • Decommissioned:  2001
  • Battles:                  Vietnam 1969–71; Kuwait 1990–91
  • Class and type:    Perth-class guided missile destroyer
  • Length:                 437 ft (133 m) length overall
  • Beam:                    47 ft 1 in (14.35 m)
  • Draught:               15 ft 3 in (4.65 m)
  • Propulsion:          2 × GE steam turbines, 70,000 shp (52,000 kW), 2 shafts
  • Speed:                  35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
  • Range:                  6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
  • Complement:      24 officers, 312 sailors
  • Armament:
    • 1 × Mk 13 launcher for Tartar, then Standard missiles
    • 2 × 5″/54 calibre Mark 42 guns
    • 2 × Mark 32 triple torpedo tube sets
    • 2 × Ikara anti-submarine missile launchers (removed 1991)
    • 2 × Phalanx CIWS (installed 1990)
  • Museum:                Australian War Memorial

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