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training based at Sydney,
Station nominated and to be
transferred for service with the
RN on the China Station
based at Singapore.
patrol off eastern Australia.
out patrol off Port Stephens.
with HM Australian Destroyers
STUART and WATERHEN in search for
a submarine reported off Broken
Bay. This proved to be
passage to Singapore with HMAS
STUART and WATERHEN.
arrival carried out anti-submarine
Mediterranean Fleet requested by
Admiralty and approved by RAN.
passage from Singapore with HMAS
and WATERHEN to join Mediterranean
Fleet in Malta.
to land sick Medical Officer at
RAN Flotilla at Colombo.
passage with Flotilla and carried
Red Sea and Suez Canal.
in Malta for Fleet duties with RAN
destroyers as 19th Destroyer
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with HMAS STUART,
VAMPIRE, VOYAGER and WATERHEN for
patrols to enforce Blockade and
with Destroyer Command in
anticipation of the entry of Italy
continuation. Pennant Number for
purposes changed to I69.
to newly formed 10th Destroyer
Flotilla with RAN ships.
HM Dockyard Malta.
duties on completion of post refit
with HM Destroyers DIAMOND and
JERVIS as escort for Convoy MF1
during passage from Malta to
Egypt. (Note: This was part of
Operation MA5 to take supply
ships from Malta and evacuate
non-essential personnel. It
was a repeat of an earlier attempt
Cruisers GLOUCESTER, NEPTUNE,
ORION and HMAS STUART joined
MF1 to reinforce escort.
from MF1 to join escort for HM
Battleship RAMILLIES which was
providing Distant Cover.
with HMAS VAMPIRE as part of
screen for HMS ORION to join HM
Australian Cruiser SYDNEY after
the action with
Italian warships during which the
Italian Cruiser BARTOLOMEO
COLLEONI was sunk in Gulf of
Athens. (For details see NAVAL WAR
THE MEDITERRANEAN by J. Green and
A Massignani and THE
BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D
to Alexandria with HMAS SYDNEY.
with HMS ORION and HMAS VAMPIRE to
carry out diversionary operation
off Castellorizo which was to
from Alexandria with battleships
MALAYA, RAMILLIES and WARSPITE,
cruiser KENT as screen with
DIAMOND, STUART (RAN) and WATERHEN
out bombardment of Fort Capuzzo.
to Alexandria with bombardment
destroyers DECOY, IMPERIAL, JANUS,
NUBIAN, VAMPIRE (RAN)
and GARLAND (ORP) as screen for
aircraft carrier EAGLE,
battleships MALAYA, WARSPITE, and
ORION, GLOUCESTER, LIVERPOOL,
(RAN) to provide cover for the
passage of Convoy MS2 to Malta
(Operation MB 3. Note: This was
part of Operation HATS with ships
Force H at Gibraltar to pass
reinforcements to the Fleet
air attacks during which ORP
GARLAND was damaged.
with Fleet screen after convoy
arrived in Malta and took passage
to meet reinforcement ships
designated Force F off
Pantellaria. (Note: Force F
comprised HM Aircraft
Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Battleship
VALIANT, HM Cruisers
CALCUTTA and COVENTRY.)
with screen during air attacks on
Rhodes by ILLUSTRIOUS and EAGLE.
to Alexandria with Fleet units.
with HM Destroyers DAINTY, DECOY,
IMPERIAL, JUNO, JANUS,
JERVIS, STUART (RAN) and VAMPIRE
(RAN) as screen for Fleet
units providing Distant Cover for
passage of Convoy MF3 and MF4 to
and from Malta.
from screen on arrival of convoy
in Malta and took passage to
- Taken in
hand for refit by HM Dockyard.
completion of post refit trials
resumed Flotilla duties.
HM Monitor EREBUS for passage from
Malta to Suda Bay, Crete.
at Suda Bay and took passage to
Squadron for support of military
operations in Western Desert.
to Sollum with HMAS VAMPIRE and
HMAS WATERHEN to carry out
bombardment of Bardia.
cancelled because of sandstorm and
returned to Alexandria.
with HM Monitor TERROR, HMAS
VAMPIRE, HMAS VOYAGER and
HMAS WATERHEN and took passage to
Bardia with HMS TERROR.
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deployment in continuation.
from Alexandria with Senior
Officer of Squadron embarked for
passage to join HM River Gunboat
LADYBIRD at Bardia.
with screen for HM Battleship
BARHAM and HMS EAGLE during
planned bombardment in support of
advance of ANZAC
Division for capture of Tobruk.
One source records that this
bombardment was cancelled due to
weather conditions. For details of
naval activities in
Mediterranean during early 1941
see above references and
military Staff History.)
at Alexandria and resumed Flotilla
duties with Mediterranean Fleet.
Deployed for defence of military
convoys between Egypt
and Greece. (Operation LUSTRE -
of allied troops.)
defence duties in continuation.
- Part of
escort for Convoy AN19 from
Alexandria to Pireaus.
from AN19 on arrival.,
HM Destroyers HASTY, HEREWARD,
ILEX, JERVIS and STUART (RAN)
as screen for Fleet units
providing Distant Cover for
passage of Convoy MW6 to
Malta (Operation MC9. Note:
The availability of HM Aircraft
Carrier FORMIDABLE to replace the
damaged HMS ILLUSTRIOUS allowed
protection of Malta
convoys to be resumed.)
from Fleet units with HM Cruisers
ORION, AJAX, PERTH (RAN),
GLOUCESTER and HM Destroyer
HEREWARD to provide cover
for passage of convoys to Piraeus.
from Piraeus with ships of
covering force to meet HM
Destroyers ILEX and HASTY off
Gavdo Island for deployment as
Force B (Note: This Force had been
formed in anticipated
action against the Italian Fleet
reported by aircraft as on
passage to attack convoys between
Egypt and Greece.)
Fleet units with Force B and took
part in the initial phase of the
Battle of Matapan. Developed
machinery defect and
withdrawn from action. Took
passage to Alexandria for
repair at Alexandria. (Note: For
details of the Battle
see above references and MATAPAN
resumed duties with Inshore
with HMAS STUART and HMAS WATERHEN
in support of army
units retreating from Cyrenaica.
Passage to Tobruk for patrol and
in rescue of wounded men and
nursing staff from Hospital Ship
VITA which had been bombed off
Tobruk. Arranged for
tow of wreck to clear harbour
entrance and deployed
for patrol and support duty off
off Derna with HM Destroyer
schooner in a night action during
convoy defence duties with HMAS
last LUSTRE Convoy AN29 from
Alexandria to Piraeus with HM
Sloop GRIMSBY and HMAS WATERHEN.
from AN29 with HMAS WATERHEN and
took passage to join evacuation
of allied troops from Greece at
further air attacks. (Note:
Ironically this was ANZAC Day,
marked as a National Remembrance
of losses of Australian and New
Zealand troops at the Dardanelles.
ANZAC Forces were involved in
defence of Greece.)
part in evacuation at Megara with
HMS COVENTRY, HMS DECOY, HMS
HASTY, HMAS WATERHEN and HMS
WRYNECK. Embarked troops and
stores for passage to Suda Bay
(Operation DEMON. Note: 4,700
TROOPS were evacuated.)
with HMS CALCUTTA, HMS COVENTRY,
and HMAS STUART,
WATERHEN and VAMPIRE as escort for
GA14 during passage from Nauphlia
with HMAS STUART, VAMPIRE, VOYAGER
WATERHEN as screen for HMS BARHAM,
HMS VALIANT and
HMS FORMIDABLE to provide cover
for passage of Convoy GA15.
to Alexandria and resumed service
with Inshore Squadron.
supply of stores to Tobruk.
Convoy ANF 30 with HMAS STUART
from Alexandria to Suda Bay
for reinforcement of defence of
with HMAS STUART as screen for HM
Cruiser DIDO during escort
of Convoy ASF31 from Suda Bay to
HMS DIDO was carrying £7M of Greek
for Fleet screening duties.
Fleet units off Crete with HMAS
STUART and HMAS VOYAGER and
took part in search for survivors
from HM Cruisers GLOUCESTER and
FIJI which were sunk in air
with screen for Fleet units
covering air attacks by HMS
on airfield at Scarpanto.
air attacks during which HMS
FORMIDABLE sustained major damage.
Returned to Alexandria escorting
support of isolated garrison at
Tobruk and carried stores and
personnel from Mersa Matru and
passage from Mersa Matruh to
Tobruk with HMAS WATERHEN diverted
to assist HM Sloop AUCKLAND which
was under heavy air attack
near Tobruk. Arrived at scene
after sinking of HMS AUCKLAND and
escorted tow of disabled Petrol
Carrier to Tobruk
by HMAS WATERHEN after taking part
of survivors from Sloop.
from Tobruk with HM Destroyer
heavy and sustained air attacks
during which HMS DEFENDER was
disabled by near misses. Took
damaged ship in tow
but tow had to be abandoned when
vessel began to
sink. Embarked survivors and sank
the destroyer by torpedo.
support trip to Tobruk returning
Ship had made 39 trips since end
- See THE
SCRAP IRON FLOTILLA.)
for escort of convoys to Syria and
Military operations in Cyprus were
supported by warships of
Mediterranean Fleet (Operation
EXPORTER) and garrison
in Cyprus was reinforced).
in continuation. Nominated for
refit at Singapore.
convoy defence duties.
passage from Alexandria
Sea and Indian Ocean with calls at
Aden and Colombo.
Ceylon to Singapore.
at Singapore and taken in hand for
refit by HM Dockyard. (Note: This
date has some significance !)
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Dockyard. (Note: Refit work
difficult to assess.)
- Taken in
tow by HM Destroyer STRONGHOLD to
Tanjong Priok, Java.
- Taken in
tow by mercantile for passage to
Australia escorted by HM
Australian Sloop YARRA.
Australian Cruiser ADELAIDE joined
tow in continuation. Refit
arranged at Melbourne.
at Melbourne and docked. (Note:
Passage of 5,000 miles from
Singapore via Adelaide had taken
72 days during which tow had
four times in gales.)
for conversion as an
refit and Conversion. (Note: For
details of changes see V & W
by A Preston.)
included fitting of HEDGEHOG
Anti-submarine Mortar in place of
A-Mounting (see SEEK AND
STRIKE by W Hackmann) and
installation of surface warning
radar Type 271 (see
RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.)
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training and convoy defence in
in search for Japanese submarine
off Cape Howe. (Note:
Submarine had attacked Convoy GP55
and sunk one ship.)
for training and
convoy defence duties.
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defence and training
support of operations in SW
new deployment. (Note: This
included transport of personnel
used for coastwatching in isolated
areas, transport of
troops and supplies with patrol
duties off New Guinea, New Britain
and Solomon Islands.)
troops for passage to Bogadjim
passengers at Bogadjim and took
passage to Bili Bili and Madang.
in continuation. (Note: Carried
1,927 troops and 95
tons of supplies from Langemak to
Madang during this period.)
troops for passage to Waterfall
Bay, New Britain.
duties in continuation.
HMAS BARCOO for patrol and
bombardment duties off
New Guinea in support of military
operations at Jaquinot Bay..
to Langemak with HMAS SWAN and
other support ships.
out bombardment in Wide Bay.
out bombardments in Galela Bay and
support bombardments in New
Britain area continued.
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Sydney. Resumed training duties in
for service with British Pacfic
Fleet, now under RN control.
Jauquinot Bay to embark Australian
officers for surrender
of Japanese forces.
passage to Rabaul for discussion
of surrender terms with Japanese
to Jaquinot Bay.
passage to Rabaul with aircraft
at Rabaul. (Note: Other ships
HM Sloops AMETHYST and HART, HM
Australian Corvettes KIAMA,
DUBBO, LITHGOW and TOWNSVILLE.)
Japanese representatives at Rabaul
for passage to HMS GLORY
prior to formal surrender of all
Japanese forces in Bismarck
Archipelago, New Guinea and