Where These Nine Ships Came From
The nine ships now visiting Australia to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea are presently assigned to the U.S. Seventh Fleet which is continuously deployed in the Western Pacific. Upon completion of their visit, seven of the ships will return to their homeports in the United States. One will continue to operate with the U.S. Seventh Fleet, while another will go on to complete a ‘round-the-world cruise.
Scheduled to return to the United States after visiting Australia are the amphibious command ship ELDORADO, the oiler HASSAYAMPA, the heavy cruiser HELENA and the destroyers WALKER, JENKINS, O’BANNON and TAYLOR. As they sail for their homeports in the United States, other ships will have taken their place in the Western Pacific.
Joining the U.S. Seventh Fleet for duty after visiting Australia will be the nuclear-powered, guided missile-launching submarine HALIBUT and the guided missile cruiser CANBERRA.
The CANBERRA, after operating for a period of time with the U.S. Seventh Fleet, will continue on a ‘round-the-world cruise which will take her through the Suez Canal to temporary duty with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. She began her global tour last March on her departure from Norfolk, Virginia. She is scheduled to complete the tour in November.