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CLASH OF THE TASMAN SEA SUPERPOWERS: Canada's HMCS ONTARIO also arrives in Melbourne during the 1951 exercises. Photo Allan C. Green [1878-1954] SLV.

5318. We're not sure when HMCS ONTARIO joined the Commonwealth Jubilee 1901-1951 Exercises, marking tyhe 50th Anniversary of the Australian Federation, in the Tasman Sea, but we believe the 8,800-11,130 tons light cruiser came into Phase 3 in March. ONTARIO was preceded in her Class by HMS SWIFTSURE, HMS SUPERB, and followed by the substantially altered HMS BLAKE, HMS LION and HMS TIGER, placing her among the last and ultimnate stages of British light cruiser development.


Built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast first as HMS MINOTAUR she was transferred to the RCN during construction, and commissioned straight into Canada's rapidly developed Navy on

May 25, 1945. After working up sh had sailed to join the British Pacific Fleet's 4th Cruiser Squadron but arrived at the end of hostilities, and remained in the Far East for a time on postwar duties that took her to Japan, Hong Kong and Manila.


She appears to have visited Australia in both 1951 and 1954, but this image is the former, taken during the Tasman Sea Commonwealth Jubilee Exercises.


Photo Allan C. Green [1878-1954], Green Collection, State Library of Victoria [La Trobe Library], Accession NO. H91.250/.1215, it is out of copyright and publicly released. It appears on the Wikipedia page for HMCS ONTARIO.


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