role amended to flying training carrier and deck letter changed to S, with imminent appearance of HMAS Melbourne
departed Australia for S E Asia exercises. Group included HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Quadrant, HMAS Queenborough and HMAS Quickmatch. Only time HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney ever deployed together.
into reserve, at approx 6 months notice to reactivate
conversion to fast transport role (primarily for Army support), completed 1962
Accident RAN 723 Sq Sycamore XD654/909 ditched alongside RN HMS Hermes, while operating from HMAS Sydney, 4 Mar 1961 nr the Cocos Islands
recommissioned as a troop ship.
Vung Tau HarbourVung Tau between 1965 and 1972, engaged in 20 or so supply missions to South China Sea (off Viet Nam), earning the nickname Vung Tau Ferry. Typically carried 4 Wessex HAS.31 for ASW duties.