On This Day - 13 March
- The depot and repair ship HMAS PLATYPUS, (CMDR E. C. Boyle, VC, RN), was commissioned. PLATYPUS, (ex-PENGUIN, ex-PLATYPUS), was laid down in John Brown Yard, at Clydebank, Scotland, on 14 October 1914, and launched on 28 October 1916. As both of the RAN's submarines, (AE1 and AE2), were lost, PLATYPUS remained in service with the RN for the duration of WWI.
- HMAS CERBERUS, (former HMC turret ship), was moved to Corio Bay, VIC, and was re-commissioned as HMAS PLATYPUS II, (submarine tender).
- HMA Ships BUNDABERG and BUNBURY, (minesweepers), were sold out of service for breaking up in Japan.
- The patrol boat HMAS ASSAIL, (LEUT C. Cleveland, RAN) intercepted three Indonesian fishing boats poaching in Australian territorial waters in Admiralty Gulf, WA. The subsequent court case was the precedent for prosecutions under the Australian Fisheries Act, 1975. In the pursuit of the Indonesian vessels, ASSAIL discovered an uncharted passage between North Eclipse and Jones Islands.
- AB J. Stewart was lost overboard from HMAS BRISBANE, (guided missile destroyer), 120 miles north-west of Honolulu, and was picked up 12 hours later by USS JOSEPH STRAUSS. AB Stewart stayed afloat by inflating a discarded plastic garbage bag. A large shark swam around him for the last two hours of his ordeal.
- The 35th Anniversary of HMAS CRESWELL at Jervis Bay, NSW, was celebrated by a visit of the first Captain, RADM W. J. Dovers, DSC, and members of the 1958 Normal Intake. HMAS CRESWELL was formerly HMAS FRANKLIN, in 1930 HMAS CERBERUS, and in 1958 commissioned HMAS CRESWELL.
'On This Day' is based on the book "Navy Day by Day: Historic Naval Events in Australia and Abroad" written by the late Lew Lind. More information.