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HMAS Hobart Lookout


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The HMAS Hobart was a Charles F Adams class guided missile destroyer in the Royal Australia Navy (DDG 39), built in the United States of America and commissioned in 1965 in Boston. Her role was air defence of the fleet. One of Australia's greatest naval destroyers, her distinguished career included being the first Royal Australian Navy combat ship deployed to fight in the Vietnam War and being part of the Royal Australian Navy disaster relief effort following Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in 1974 before being decommissioned in 2000. Scuttled on 5 November 2002 at Yankalilla Bay, the ship is now a premier eco-tourism dive site and a declared marine reserve. It is also a lasting memorial to the ship and its crew. The HMAS Hobart Lookout is located a three to five minute drive south of Normanville on the Main South Road, en route to Cape Jervis. The scenic site has off road parking and interpretive signage.