Sea Power Series: The Impact of the Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyers on the Royal Australian Navy

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Dr David Shackleton, AO Vice Admiral (RAN Ret’d)

This book represents the definitive study of how the operation of three very modern guided missile destroyers, acquired from the United States Navy, acted as catalysts in the Royal Australian Navy’s transformation from being an adjunct to the Royal Navy, to one unmistakably recognisable as Australia's own Navy. From their acquisition in the early 1960s and departure by 2001, the Charles F. Adams Class DDGs had a central role in shaping the RAN’s journey toward self-reliance.