On This Day
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On This Day - 1976-1999
- September 20, 1999
An international task force arrives of Dili, (East Timor), to commence service in support of Operation Warden. INTERFET, (International Force), troops under Australian leadership land in East Timor to commence UN mandated peace enforcement activities. It included HMA Ships Tobruk, Balikpapan, Brunei and Labuan, Success, Adelaide, and HMNZS Te Kaha and HMS Glasgow,
- July 10, 1999
The Collins class submarine HMAS WALLER, was commissioned. WALLER was laid down at The Australian Submarine Corporation, Adelaide, and launched on 14 March 1997.
- July 3, 1999
VADM D. J. Shackleton, AO, RAN, was appointed Chief of Naval Staff.
- June 10, 1999
HMAS JERVIS BAY, (high speed catamaran), was commissioned in Hobart. The vessel was a civilian high speed catamaran leased from the builders, (INCAT), for a two year period. She was based in Darwin and used extensively to ferry troops and equipment to and from Dili, (East Timor), following the arrival of the International Force, (INTERFET), which had been deployed to restore peace to the troubled region. Known fondly as the ‘Dili-Express’, she was returned to her owners in 2001.
- May 18, 1999
RADM J. R. Lord, AM, RAN, was appointed as Maritime Commander Australia.