Peter Manoel: HMAS Hobart (II) Vietnam

Posted on: Mon 25 Apr 2022

Royal Australian Navy Veteran Peter Manoel tells us about life on board HMAS Hobart in support of land-based troops, including the infamous ‘friendly’ fire attack that killed two crew and wounded others.

Producer Helen Meyer

Image: The RAN guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart (II) D39 leaves Garden Island, Sydney, for its third and last deployment to the gunline off the coast of Vietnam. As Hobart moves away from the wharf, crowds of family members and friends are farewelling the crew who have lined the decks of the ship. AWM copyright expired

Ordinary Seaman RJ Butterworth on the Anti Aircraft Control position above HMAS Hobart (II)’s bridge. Sadly, Ray Butterworth was killed by ‘friendly’ fire on 17th June, 1968. Photo taken by P Manoel and used with permission

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