HMAS CANBERRA (1) D33 was Commissioned in Clydebank, Scotland, UK on the 9th 0f July 1928 and was sunk by the Japanese Navy off Savo Island on the 9th of August 1942.


HMAS CANBERRA (2) FFG-02 was Commissioned in Seattle, Washington, USA on the 21st of March 1981 and Decommissioning at Fleet Base West, Rockingham Western Australia on the 12th of November 2005.


HMAS CANBERRA (3) LHD 02 commissioned into the RAN at Fleet Base East in Sydney, Australia on the 28 November 2014.


HMAS SHROPSHIRE was commissioned into the RAN at Chatham, England on the 20 April 1943 and was decommissioned on the 10 November 1949.


Lee Webster

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Naval Career 1975-1999

Lee Webster was born in North Fremantle, Western Australia on the 26th of October 1959, Lee completed Year 10 at Balga Senior High School and joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 15 Years 7 Months as a Junior Recruit at HMAS Leeuwin on the 14 July 1975.

He completed his Radar Plot training at HMAS Watson in February 1977 and joined the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne for Exercise Rimpac 77 and the Queen's Jubilee Deployment, Lee went on to serve in HMAS Ship's Moresby, Canberra and Swan.

Lee also served at various shore postings including HMAS Leeuwin, HMAS Watson, HMAS Harman, HMAS Stirling and the Australian Defence Force Academy. During his career he received two Commanding Officer Commendations, a Letter of Commendation from RADM D.J. Martin RAN and was awarded a Australia Day Medallion in 1999.

He discharge from the Permanent Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1999 and is a active Naval Reservist.

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HMAS Canberra

Lee was blessed to serve in HMAS Canberra and considers it to be the Highlight of his Naval Career, he was a member of the HMAS Canberra Commissioning Crew and went on to serve in the ship on 3 postings where he spent 10 years at sea.

He served in every rank on the ship from Able Seaman to Chief Petty Officer and left the ship for the final time as a Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager on Anzac Day 1997. He served in HMAS Canberra over the following periods of time 1980-1984, 1986-1989, 1995-1997.

Lee was a young 20 year old Able Seaman serving at HMAS Leeuwin when he was posted to the United States to join NUSHIP Canberra and under go Combat Systems training at Damneck in Virginia , his wife Carol and his daughter Kristy arrived in Los Angeles on the 28th September 1980. Lee was a part of the commissioning ceremony for HMAS Canberra on the 21 March 1981 and was in the Guard of Honour.

Carol and Lee lived in Huntington Beach California until February 1982, his son Tyson was born in the US and has duel US and Australian citizenship, 23 other Australian children were born to HMAS Canberra crew members over this period. After delivering the Ship to Australia heI was a member of the Colour Party for the 1982 Freedom on the city Ceremony the ship remained in Australian waters until being deployed to the Indian Ocean in 1983, he posted off the ship and joined HMAS Harman in 1984.

Lee rejoined HMAS Canberra in 1986 as she was coming out of refit and participate in the Freedom of the City in 1986, worked the ship up and deployed on a South East Asian Deployment in 1987. The ship was very busy in 1988 with the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations, it was a very exciting time escorting the Tall Ships from Hobart to Sydney, being the centre piece for the Australia Day Celebrations in Sydney Harbour and escorting Her Majesties Royal Yacht Britannia with HRH Queen Elizabeth the second embarked. Lee departed the ship and was posted to HMAS Watson in 1989.

Lee rejoined HMAS Canberra in 1995 after she was home based in Western Australia, the ship deployed South East Asian in 1996 and Lee departed the ship for the final time in 1997, Lee was later employed as a civilian Safety Advisor on the ship in 2003 during a Refit conducted at Fleet Base West.

In 2009 Lee with the assistance of his long-term HMAS Canberra 2 shipmate Brian Brennan organised a Reunion for any former serving members of HMAS Canberra for the Scuttling of the ship in Geelong Victoria. Lee with the assistance of his wife Carol organised the 30th Anniversary Reunion for all former HMAS Canberra Ships Company in Queensland in 2012.

Lee stood up the HMAS Canberra HMAS Shropshire Association WA Division in 2012 and was the inaugural President. 

In 2013 Lee was the point of contact for the Association to organised and coordinated former HMAS Canberra personnel to attend the naming ceremony of NUSHIP Canberra at Williamtown Victoria on the 15 February 2013.

In 2014 he was instrumental in organising and coordinating former HMAS Canberra and HMAS Shropshire personnel on a national level in attending the HMAS Canberra 3 commissioning at Fleet Base East, Sydney NSW on the 27 November 2014.

Lee thoroughly enjoyed his time being associated with HMAS Canberra, he met some wonderful people whilst serving in the ship, the CO's Officers and Crew have enjoyed a great reputation and since leaving the Navy it has been equally rewarding for him organising the Reunions with the people I he has met in and outside the Navy and is very grateful for all the support and encouragement he has received over the past 18 years.


Post Naval Career

Lee retired from the Navy in 1999 and went on to pursue a career in Health and Safety, Lee was employed from 2003 - 08 by a Canadian based company as the Global Practice Director, Health and Safety Training.

In 2009 Lee formed his own business and is currently a Health and Safety consultant, specialising in Safety Leadership Coaching in the Mining, Gas and Oil, Construction and Defence Industries in Australia and Overseas.

He is an active Naval Reservist and currently serves as a Leadership Coach with the Directorate of Navy Leadership and Culture Development.
He holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Development from Curtin University, Western Australia.

Lee had the honour of being the President of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (WA Division) in 2012 -17 and is the current Vice President.

In addition, he has been acting in an unofficial capacity as the HMAS Canberra Website developer, Reunion Coordinator, Historian, spokesperson and point of contact for ex serving members of the crew.

Carol and Lee are happily living in Kennedy Bay, Western Australia close to their 3 children's Families with 4 wonderful grandchildren to enjoy.


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