On a New Bearing: The reorganized Royal Australian Navy at war in Vietnam

Paget, Steven (2015) On a New Bearing: The reorganized Royal Australian Navy at war in Vietnam. The Mariner's Mirror, 101 (3). pp. 283-303. ISSN 0025-3359

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00253359.2015.1054686

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) made a modest but important commitment of a single destroyer to the Vietnam War on a rotational basis between March 1967 and September 1971. The contrast between the deployments of the American-designed and built Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyers and the British-designed Daring class destroyer, HMAS Vendetta, represented the fruition of a small navy being pulled in two different directions. The RAN was undergoing a transitional period, which saw the service increasingly align with the United States Navy. This was a monumental shift in policy, as the Royal Navy had provided a model for the RAN to emulate since its creation in 1911. The Vietnam War offered a clear test of standardization and demonstrated that common ship designs provided a platform for interoperability, but did not guarantee it. The Australian ships were able to make a worthwhile contribution to a predominantly American naval effort, but they faced a number of challenges in achieving interoperability. The basis for successful co-operation was provided by the existence of common procedures and standardized equipment, but was necessarily supplemented by ad hoc measures and impromptu workarounds.

Keywords:Royal Australian Navy, Royal Navy, Vietnam War, Interoperability
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V261 Australian History
L Social studies > L250 International Relations
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V391 Military History
L Social studies > L251 Strategic studies
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:45956
Deposited On:31 Aug 2021 12:30

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