What's On - 9 August 2019

  • Ceremony: Battle of Savo Island (HMAS Canberra) 2019

    Friday 9 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    On 8 August 1942 the RAN Heavy Cruiser HMAS Canberra was severely damaged while serving in a joint US Navy and RAN force while protecting American troop transports during the landing operations on Guadalcanal. She was hit 24 times by attacking Imperial Japanese Naval forces in under two minutes, suffering 84 crew killed. HMAS Canberra was scuttled by torpedo the next day by US Destroyers. We honour those who served in the Battle of Savo Island.