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Ex HMAS Canberra
Type: Boat Dive - Wreck
Depth: 12 - 30 metres
Rating: Advanced Open Water
Night Dive: Yes
The HMAS Canberra was the second of four FFG-7 Class Guided Missile Frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation Seattle, Washington, USA. The HMAS Canberra was commissioned on 21 March 1981 and de-commissioned on 12 November 2005.
The vessel hull is constructed of steel and the superstructure is aluminium alloy. It has an overall length of 138.1 metres and a beam of 13.7 metres. In service, the height from keel to top of the mast was approximately 39 metres. Parts of the ship, including the gas turbine engines, rudder, missile launcher, a section of the mast and propeller were removed by the Navy, prior to it being prepared for use as a dive site.
Access: Via Boat
Best Conditions: Light northerly winds.
Critters: Wrasses, Nudibranchs, Boarfish,
Dangers: Fishermen, Boats, Surge
Details: Can be quite surgey, and therefore dangerous. Dive on good condtions.