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Captain for first "missile" destroyer

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Navy Public .delations.

SUNDAY RELEASE; Not to _ be "published or broadcast before 6pa. on Sunday 22nd December.


The Minister for the Navy, Dr. Forbes, today

armoured the name of the Captain to command Australia's first

guided missile destroyer.

The Commanding Officer of the first of the .R.A.N.'s

CHARLES F. ADAMS Class guided missile ships, H.M.A.S. PERTH,

will be Captain lam H.S. Cartwright. ' "

Captain Cartwright: aged 43? graduated from the

Royal Australian Naval College in 1938, and is at present

Australian Naval .Attache in. Washington- .

Dr. Forbes said that H.M.A.S. PERTH, the first of

three versatile, hard-hitting guided missile destroyers on '

order for the R.A.N. was due to commission in about the middle

of 1965-Captain Cartwright would go to Bay City, Michigan, '

next March to "stand-by" at the dockyard during the. final stages

of construction of H.M.A.S. PERTH. He would also attend to all

the arrangements for the training in the United States of the

R.A.N. crews of PERTH and her sister ships. Special training in

U.S.N. ships and establishments was necessary because the R.A.N.'

would be using American ships, weapons and equipment for the

first time. -— - _

H.M.A.S. PERTH, with a crew of 332 officers and men, .

will have guided missile systems for use against aircraft and

submarines, and the ultimate in conventional gunnery.

Captain Cartwright was born in Melbourne in .1920, and

entered the Royal Australian Naval College in 1934. In the .

Second World War he served in the North Sea,, the Mediterranean,

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the Western Approaches, the East Indies, Burma, and the

Pacific. He was twice Mentioned in Despatches.

In the early post-war years he served on the staff -

of the Director of Naval Intelligence "before commanding the

landing ship, LA3UAN. He took L ABU AN to Heard Island with

parties of scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division.

In 1953 he was appointed to H.M.A.S. CERBERUS in

Victoria where he served as Training Commander and Commander.

He went to H.M.A.S. QUADRANT as captain in 1956, and in 1958

took command of HJLA.S. QUEENBOROUGK. In QUEENBOROUGH he v ' y

also served as Senior Officer of the First Frigate Squadron.

He was promoted to Captain's rank in 1959 and in · . .

1961 went to the United Kingdom to attend a Senior Officers

War Course. ’

In 1962 he became Australian Naval Attache in

Washington and Naval Adviser to the Australian High Commissioner

in Ottawa. "

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Canberra. 22nd December, 1963·