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.



Vale ex-POCSS Phillip "Skimmo" Skimmings


ex- POCSS (EW) Phillip "Skimmo" Skimmings passed away in Queensland on 01 February 2010 after a long illness.

Skimmo served in HMAS Canberra on 2 occasions as a LSROEW from 5/4/88 to 12/8/90 and a PORSEW from 20/12/93 to 5/12 /94.

His funeral service took place at Allambie Crematorium and Memorial Park, Nerang on Wednesday 03 February 2010 and he was farewelled at the Nerang  RSL.

Brian Brennan a former shipmates tribute" Phil Skimmings, this world will be a little less colourful without you. I'll miss you. Who can forget the chicken dance or the parrot costume? You left us a great legacy of fun and friendship. Stand easy sailor."

Rest in Peace Skimmo, without a doubt you were a fine and caring shipmate with a wonderful sense of humour who will be sadly missed by his friends and Family.


Phil with his wife Del and Family



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