On This Day - 25 January 1942

HMA Ships CANBERRA, (cruiser), and VAMPIRE, (destroyer), arrived in Singapore, having escorted the liner AQUITANIA, which was carrying troops from Australia. HMAS NIZAM, (destroyer), on an early morning anti-submarine sweep off Trincomalee, Ceylon, in poor visibility, was challenged by a Dutch cruiser. “Have been watching you for the last ten minutes”, the Dutch vessel signalled. NIZAM replied: “Thanks. We have had our guns trained on you for the last half hour.”

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