HMS Encounter served on the Australia Station and was later commissioned into the RAN. She played a vital role in defence of the eastern coast of Australia, and the anti raider patrols in the South West Pacific. She was regarded as “more beloved than any other unit of our fleet”.
May 1st  was celebrated in great style with the greatest display of fireworks I’ve yet seen. We arrived safely in Alex at 0730 and tied up at the fairway […]
I pray we never have to face again all we went through in those savage seven months. “Malta” – the realisation of what we were up against – just previous […]
Saturday [19 April 1941] quiet. Sunday we rendezvoused according to plan. Beautiful weather and they gave the ships company roast turkey and trifle for dinner. During the forenoon a Fulmar […]
On 14 JULY 2012 a short letter was received from Mr Les Heap of Lane Cove providing brief information, which may be historically significant, on the Bathurst Class minesweeper HMAS […]
By Greg Swinden Having recently returned from a second deployment to the Middle East a colleague suggested that I put down in writing some of my thoughts and recollections of […]