HMAS Canberra

This site is dedicated to all Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force personnel who have served in HMAS CANBERRA.


HMAS CANBERRA (1) D 33 from the 9th of July 1928 until she was sunk in action off Savo Island on the 9th of August 1942.


HMAS CANBERRA (2) FFG-02 from the 21st of March 1981 until Decomissioning on the 12th of November 2005.


HMAS Canberra (3) LHD-02 from Commissioning on the 23rd of November 2014.



Commander R.L. Boyce RAN

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Commodore Boyce was born in Sydney in 1958 and joined the Navy in 1974.

After professional courses he completed seaman officer training in a variety of ships, and served the next several years as a watchkeeping and navigation officer in different ship classes including an aircraft carrier, a patrol boat and several destroyer escorts. In 1982 he joined HMAS BETANO as Executive Officer and spent two years engaged in Defence Cooperation projects in the South Pacific, ANARE research support out of Hobart and clearance diver training in Shoalwater Bay as well as amphibious training and transport activities

Following Principal Warfare Officer and communications training in 1985 Commodore Boyce served as Communications and Operations Officer in HMA Ships PARRAMATTA and CANBERRA, during which time he was further engaged in international exercises and deployments, most notably the RIMPAC series as well as visits to the USA and Canada.

Posted ashore in 1989 Commodore Boyce served as Directing Staff at the PWO Faculty, Warfare Officers Postings Officer, and as the Operations Officer to Commodore, Flotillas before posting back to sea as Executive Officer in CANBERRA in 1994. On promotion to Commander, Commodore Boyce posted ashore as the Director of Naval C3 and EW for two years followed by period as the Director of Maritime Communications within Maritime Headquarters. In early 2000 he attended the Defence Staff College where he gained a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies before assuming command of CANBERRA in Nov of that year.

During his command, CANBERRA was involved in several operations, most notably fisheries apprehension duties in the Southern Ocean, UN monitoring activities in the Solomon Islands and as part of the international MIF in the Persian Gulf, as well as the usual round of exercises, deployments and workups. Two extremely enjoyable years came to and end in Nov 2002 and Commodore Boyce joined DIO in Jan 2003. In 2005 he returned to the Defence Staff College, graduating with a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. He took up the position of Director Communications Network Operations in January 2006 before promotion to his current position as Commander of Defence Strategic Communications Branch in October of that year.

Roger served as the Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force 633, Australian Forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan as a part of Operation Slipper.

Commodore Boyce is married to Susan and they have three sons. He is a keen woodworker, enjoys rugby football, riding his motorcycle, cricket and fishing. Thus far the fish are winning.


Australian Services Rugby Union - 2011

Roger Boyce appointed to Chairman of Australian Services Rugby Union.

Commodore Roger Boyce RAN has been appointed Chairman of the Australian Services Rugby Union.

The Australian Services Rugby Union will be very busy towards the end of 2011, with the International Services Rugby Challenge that is, aligned with the Rugby World Cup in NZ in October.


Former Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra (2) awarded Commmendation for Distinguished Service

Commodore Roger Boyce RAN - Anzac Day 2010 in the Middle East

Roger recently returned to Australia after serving in Afganistan as the Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force 633, Australian Forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan as a part of Operation Slipper.


Commmendation for Distinguished Service - Commodore Roger Livingstone BOYCE RAN, ACT

For distinguished performance of duty in warlike operations as Deputy Commander
Joint Task Force 633 on Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations
from April to October 2010.

Commodore Boyce displayed exceptional dedication, leadership, foresight, initiative and
productivity during a period of intense combat operations and organisational change in the
Middle East Area of Operations.

He worked tirelessly to improve procedures, enhance efficiency and support his commander and the commanders of subordinate task groups, and he excelled in the management of critical issues including combat fatalities. On several occasions he commanded Joint Task Force 633 during very demanding periods of activity, leading with distinction, compassion and enery.

This is the second time Roger has been awarded with the Commmendation for Distinguished Service, he recieved the award in 2003 For distinguished performance of duty as Commanding Officer, HMAS CANBERRA, during Operation SUTTON and Operation SLIPPER.

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