PERTH II reached the "sunset" of her career - decommissioned from service in the Royal Australian Navy in October 1999 after a distinguished 34 years where she saw three deployments on active service in Vietnam during the late 1960's / early 1970's, and many other tours of duty to ports all around the world. She steamed in excess of one million nautical miles during her career, and is the only RAN ship to be hit by enemy fire since HMAS SHROPSHIRE was hit during Korean conflict. She was awarded the following US Navy commendations:
1. US Navy Unit Commendation
For her outstanding performance while working with the US Seventh Fleet in 1967/68 under the Command of CAPT Peter Doyle. The US Navy Unit Commendation was established in 1944.
The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending
HMAS PERTH (D38)
for Services set forth in the following:
For Exceptionally Meritorious Service from
9 September 1967 to 5 April 1968 in the planning and execution of combat
missions against enemy aggressor forces in direct support of Free World
Objectives. While operating as a unit of the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet, HMAS
PERTH delivered extensive, destructive naval gunfire against enemy
supply routes, coastal defense sites, troop concentrations, and
fortified positions in both North and South Vietnam.
Paul R Ignatius
2. US Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Once again for her outstanding performance while working with the US Seventh Fleet in 1968/69 under the command of CAPT David Leach. The US Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation was established in July 1967.
The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the
Meritorious Unit Commendation to HMAS PERTH (D38)
for service as set forth in the following:
For meritorious service from 24 September,
1968 to March 1969 while participating in combat operations against enemy
aggressor forces in South East Asia.
John H Chaffee