On This Day - 26 January

The Bathurst class minesweeper, (corvette), HMAS CESSNOCK, (A/LCDR Marchington, RNR),was commissioned at Sydney. Lady Gordon, (Wife of a Director of Cockatoo Dockyard), performed the commissioning ceremony. CESSNOCK was laid down in Cockatoo Dockyard, Sydney, and launched on 17 October 1941.
Event #1 The Brisbane based USS WAHOO (submarine), sank the Japanese transports BUYO MARU, FUKUEI MARU, and an unidentified vessel off the coast of New Guinea. Event #2 Natives from Marchinbar Island rescued survivors from HMAS PATRICIA CAM. Coastwatcher Jensen radioed Darwin and arranged their evacuation.
HMAS NORMAN, (destroyer), supported RN units in Operation Sankey, the assault on Cheduba Island, Burma.
HMAS STUART (River class frigate), led a diamond-shaped Fleet Entry into Sydney Harbour to celebrate the bi-centenary of Australia Day. STUART (the second ship to of this name in the RAN), berthed at the new Fleet Base East wharf, the first ship to do so.
HMAS WESTRALIA, (tanker), entered the operational area of the Arabian Gulf. She served in the area for over 100 days, as part of Operation Damask, and supplied a variety of fuel and stores to Allied units. WESTRALIA relieved HMAS SUCCESS, (underway replenishment ship).
CDRE J. P. V. Goldrick, CSC, RAN, and CAPT A. K. Du Toit, RAN, were awarded the AM for their services to the Commander Task Group, (CTG), during Operation Slipper deployments to the Arabian Gulf in 2002.
'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.

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