The Dawn of a New Era by Darren McAliece

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Drawn in Graphite, this is of the 3 Guided Missile Destroyers (DDGs) HMA Ships PERTH (38), HOBART (39) and BRISBANE (41) that served the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1965 and 2001.

These ships were the first for the RAN to have been designed for the ‘Missile Era’ and were also the first to be not of a British design instead they were purchased from the United States of America.

All 3 DDGs served with distinction on the ‘Gun Line’ during the Vietnam War and the BRISBANE also saw operations of the First Gulf War.


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  • Akira
    Akiraover 7 years ago

    Great pieces Darren, the detail is amazing! I’m currently writing an essay on things related to this (Dutch forces in Australia during WW2) so seeing ships etc from such unreal angles is very interesting. Looking forward to seeing more!

  • Darren McAliece
    Darren McAlieceover 7 years ago

    Thanks Akira! I’ve got a few other ship drawings on the go at the moment – watch this space. Good Luck with your essay. By the way, I have read a few war-time books on Timor as well as HMAS Armidale which explained a lot about the Dutch forces working with the Royal Australian Navy.

  • Akira
    Akiraover 7 years ago

    Looking forward to them! I recommend you read Rohan Rivett’s Behind Bamboo, if you haven’t already. Good book.

  • David Haviland
    David Havilandabout 7 years ago

    Your work is wonderful, keep em coming.

  • Stephen Kilburn
    Stephen Kilburnabout 7 years ago

    What a fantastic sketch. Your attention to detail is exquisite.

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...almost 7 years ago

    Amazing as usual

  • Colin Wells
    Colin Wellsalmost 7 years ago

    Very nice work. You’ve got a real eye for details

  • Peter Allton
    Peter Alltonalmost 7 years ago

    Fantastic detail Darren, well done.

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