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trials prior to re-commissioning.
Nominated for trade defence duties on mobilisation of
1st - Re-commissioned
10th - Deployed
with HM Australian Cruisers AUSTRALIA and CANBERRA in search off
Gabo Island for minelayers.
On completion deployed for convoy
for service in Western Force based at Fremantle for ocean escort duties.
13th - Relieved
HM Australian Cruiser Sydney as escort for troopship STRATHALLAN
Returned to Fremantle.
(Note: This troopship was taking 2nd
Australian Imperial Force to Middle East.)
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Under refit at
22nd - On
completion joined Eastern Force in place of HMAS SYDNEY.
Escort duty off
Eastern and Southern Australia
15th - Part of
escort with HM Battleship RAMILLIES for troopships ETTRICK, NEURALIA,
STRATHAIRD and DUNERA from Melbourne
21st - Detached
from troopships and returned to Sydney.
May to August
escort duties in Australian waters in continuation.
2nd - Took
passage from Sydney with Free French minister to Vila, New Hebrides.
(Note: This representative to become
Governor of the French colony at Noumea.)
7th - Arrived
16th - Took passage
from Vila for Noumea as escort for Norwegian tanker NORDEN.
19th - Landed
Governor at Noumea.
to remain at Noumea as Vichy French Sloops DURVILLE and AMIRAL
CHARNER were known to be in the
20th - Carried
out patrol off Noumea.
5th - Took
passage to return to Sydney.
8th - Resumed
duty with Eastern Force on arrival at Sydney.
21st - Sailed
from Sydney to carry out patrol 120 miles SE of Gabo Island after commerce
raider was reported.
Patrol duty in
6th - Returned
8th - Despatched
from Sydney to carry out search for minelayer after sinking of ss
10th - Returned
to Sydney after fruitless search.
(Note: Mines were laid by German commerce raider
Deployed as escort for mail steamer
during initial part of passage to Vancouver.
2nd - Transferred
escort duty to HM Australian Cruiser ACHILLES off North Cape.
Took passage to Sydney.
On arrival taken in hand for refit.
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of post refit trials resumed duties with Eastern Force.
April to August
escort of convoys between Brisbane and Rabaul, New Guinea.
25th - Escorted
steamer from Melbourne to Chatham Island.
30th - Arrived
in Auckland after detaching from steamer.
duties in Eastern Force.
in Australian waters in continuation.
14th - Escorted
troop convoy from Darwin to Ambon, Java.
17th - Detached
on arrival and returned to Sydney.
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3rd - Escorted
trans-Tasman Sea convoy from Sydney to meet RNZN trawlers
8th - Detached
after transfer and returned to Sydney.
(Note: Only two such convoys were carried out.)
29th - Transferred
to ANZAC Force with HM Australian Cruisers AUSTRALIA,
CANBERRA, HOBART and PERTH, HM
Australian Destroyers STUART,
VOYAGER, VENDETTA, HM Australian Sloop MORESBY, HM
Cruisers KANIMBLA, MANOORA and WESTRALIA, HM New Zealand
Cruisers ACHILLES and LEANDER.
(Note: This was in implementation of
a decision made at a conference in Washington
to establish a naval force in the
north eastern part of the Australia Station.
See WAR WITH JAPAN Volume III
escort of tanker convoy and took passage to Tanjong Priok, Java
3rd - Deployed
as escort for Convoy MS4 during passage from Java to Fremantle.
On arrival at Fremantle took passage
to Java for duty with ANZAC Force.
22nd - Met HMAS
VENDETTA off Java as escort of convoy during passage to Fremantle.
March to May
deployment for convoy escort in Australian waters. (Note: Evacuation of allied troops from
Dutch East Indies involved escort of convoys
search for individual ships making
Nominated for duty with SW Pacific Area Force.
June to October
escort of convoys in area during passage between USA and Australia.
convoy escort in Indian Ocean.
(Note: German blockade runner RAMSES was known to be
on passage from Japan.)
24th - Escorted
military Convoy OW1 with Dutch cruiser HEEMSKERCK during passage in
Indian Ocean from Fremantle.
26th - Intercepted
RAMSES in position 23.20S 99.13E (700 miles south of Cocos Islands).
Engaged enemy ship which was
scuttling and sank her with gunfire.
28th - On
relief by HM Cruiser GAMBIA as escort for OW1 took passage to return to
and Australia waters convoy escort in continuation.
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Fremantle for convoy defence.
Fremantle to meet military convoy from Aden.
(Note: PAMPHLET Convoy included rms
QUEEN MARY, AQUITANIA, QUEEN
OF BERMUDA, French liner ILE DE FRANCE and Dutch liner
AMSTERDAM. It was carrying 9th
Australian Division returning from the
Middle East for service in Pacific area following the
Japanese advance through
Dutch East Indies.).
17th - Joined
escort for PAMPHLET Convoy.
(Note: Escort from Aden included HM Battleships
REVENGE, RESOLUTION and
WARSPITE, Dutch cruisers HEEMSKERCK and TROMP with
18th - PAMPHLET
Convoy arrived at Fremantle
19th - Escorted
PAMPHLET Convoy during passage from Fremantle with Dutch
Cruisers HEEMSKERCK, TROMP and Dutch
destroyer TJERK HIDDES.
On arrival at Sydney detached from PAMPHLET convoy.
March to December
defence in continuation.
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January to February
defence in continuation.
11th - Escorted
convoy from Melbourne to Albany, Western Australia.
20th - Returned
with submarine tenders as escort for passage to Sydney.
defence in continuation based at Fremantle.
support of Eastern Fleet operation and took passage from
Fremantle to Exmouth Gulf (Operation
14th - Deployed
as Guardship for Tanker Force assembled at Exmouth Gulf
for replenishment of Eastern Fleet
ships prior to air attacks on targets
at Sabang in Sumatra. (See WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).)
19th - Took
passage from Exmouth Gulf to Melbourne on completion of COCKPIT
Resumed coastal convoy defence duty.
June to November
coastal convoy defence
Nominated for withdrawal from operational duty.
Melbourne pending passage to Sydney
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Melbourne to Sydney.
February to April
deployment in continuation.
To be Paid-off.
13th - Paid off
June to August
awaiting decision re future use