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.J. Leggatt, RAN

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Captain Ray Leggatt,CSC RAN Born and raised in country New South Wales, Captain Ray Leggatt, RAN joined the RAN in 1983 as a Seaman Officer.

On completion of his initial training at the Naval College in Jervis Bay, CAPT Leggatt went to sea for consolidation in the Destroyer Escort HMAS Yarra before gaining his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in HMAS Sydney.

Following a further sea posting as an officer of the Watch in HMAS Canberra, Leggatt conducted Navigation training before assuming the position of Navigating Officer of the Darwin based patrol boat HMAS Gawler.


In 1989 CAPT Leggatt qualified as an Air Intercept Controller before returning to sea in the Destroyer HMAS Brisbane. During his time in Brisbane Leggatt served as the Air Controller when the ship deployed to the Arabian Gulf for operations during the 1990-91 Gulf War.

After a period ashore as the Naval Liaison Officer at the RAAF Fighter Base Williamtown, CAPT Leggatt trained as a Principal Warfare Officer (Aircraft Direction) graduating at the end of 1993. As a qualified Warfare Officer Leggatt returned to sea in HMA Ships Melbourne (twice) and Sydney, completing a variety of deployments and operations.

In 1995 he was promoted to LCDR Rank Lieutenant Commander More information on Uniform Ranksand was posted ashore to Canberra where he completed staff positions in Maritime Development and in the personnel world of Naval Officer Postings.

In mid 1999 CAPT Leggatt was selected as the Executive Officer of the new ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Arunta. A highlight of this time was the home-porting of the ship to HMAS Stirling in Western Australia and the first participation of the ANZAC Class in the International RIMPAC exercise in Hawaii.

In 2001 Leggatt was promoted to CMDR and completed another personnel related staff position in Canberra before taking Command of the Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Canberra in July 2004 as the last Commanding Officer. After decommissioning Canberra in November 2005 Leggatt was promoted to CAPT and assumed the position of FFG Capability Element Manager with the final four months of his tenure as Commander Surface Combatant Force Element Group.

CAPT Leggatt assumed Command of HMAS Watson and the position of Training Authority Maritime Warfare in January 2008 and was awarded the CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS (CSC) on Australia Day in 2010 for outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer HMAS Watson and as the Training Authority Maritime Warfare.

Leggatt is a graduate of the 2001 Australian Command and Staff Course where he was awarded the Chief of Navy Prize. He holds a Master of Management from the University of Canberra and MBA from the Brisbane Graduate School of Business. He is an avid rugby supporter and other interests include skiing and traveling.

Ray was the Decommissioning Commanding Officer of HMAS Canberra, he and the Decommissiong Crew did a wonderful job prior to the ships Decommissioning on her Final deployment, the Decommissioning Ceremony was a great tribute to the Ship and all that served in her. The events around the Decommissioning were excellent including the Searide and Ships Ball.

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