HMS HOOD and HMS REPULSE, (battle cruisers), arrived in Fremantle. Both ships were part of the Royal Navy Special Service Squadron conducting a world cruise to “show the flag”}. HM Ships DELHI, DANAE, DAUNTLESS, and DRAGON, (cruisers), accompanied them. The Squadron later visited Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Jervis Bay, and Sydney, before proceeding across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. Both capital ships were lost during 1941 to enemy action, (HOOD in the Atlantic during the battle with the BISMARCK, and REPULSE to Japanese bombers off the east coast of Malaya).
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