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Navy Public Relations.

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Australia's two biggest warships, the aircraft

carrier, H.M.A.S. MELBOURNE, and the fast troop transport, H.M.A.S.

SYDNEY, are to get new Captains.

New commanding officers for the two carriers are

among a number of senior Naval appointments announced in Canberra

today by the Minister for the Navy, Senator.Gorton.

The new Captain of the flagship, H.M.A.S. MELBOURNE,

will be Captain R.J. Robertson, D.S.C., who is at present serving

at Navy Office in Canberra as Director of Naval Reserves.

The newly appointed Captain of H.M.A.S. SYDNEY is

Captain H.D. Stevenson, the Director of Plans at Navy Office.

Captain Robertson attended the Imperial Defence

College in Britain last year, and is a former Captain (D) of the

10th destroyer squadron in H.M.A.S. VENDETTA, and a former Director

of Plans. He graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in

1933» and during the Second World Par was awarded the D.S.C. and.

was three times mentioned in Despatches.

. He will take command of H.M.A.S. MELBOURNE in January,

succeeding Captain R.I. Peek, Ο.Î’.Ξ., D.S.C., who has been

appointed'to Navy Office. . " ■

. Captain Stevenson takes command of H.M.A.S. SYDNEY

during.November, relieving Captain W.J. Dovers, D.S.C., who is to

attend the Imperial Defence College in Britain. . ·


• Captain Stevenson became Director of Flans in '

1961 after two years as Captain of the New Zealand cruiser,

H.M.N.Z.3. ROYALIST. He is the only B.A.N. officer to have

commanded a New Zealand,cruiser.

Born in Brisbane, he is a son of the late Bishop of

Grafton and Mrs. W.H.W. Stevenson. He graduated from the

Royal Australian Naval College in 1935, and was Mentioned in

Despatches during the Second World War.

Other appointments announced by Senator Gorton .

today were:­

. Captain B.S. Murray, of H.M.A.S. PARRAMATTA, to

be Director of Plans at Navy Office; and

. Captain R.J. Scrivener, of H.M.A.S. VAMPIRE, to

■ succeed Captain Murray as Commanding Officer of

PARRAMATTA and as Senior Officer of the Frigate

Squadron. ·


Canberra. 31et October, 1963·