Stuff You Should Know
HMAS Perth was a Perth-class guided missile destroyer laid down on September 21, 1962 and launched on September 26, one year later. It was commissioned on July 17, 1965 with the hull number D-38 and served in the US Navy for 34 years until it was decommissioned on October 15, 1999. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 333 people on board and had the main missions in Vietnam, Africa, New Zealand or Australia. After the decommissioning, the ship sank following a few training exercises in Albany in 2001. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, HMAS Perth received 1 battle honor plus eight inherited honors, the Navy Unit Commendation an the Meritorious Unit Commendation.