On This Day
1900-1913 > Federation, RAN and pre-WW1
On This Day - 1900-1913
- January 18, 1913
The Town class light cruiser, HMAS MELBOURNE, (CAPT M. L’Estrange Silver, RN), was commissioned. Mrs F. F. Braund, (Daughter of Mr R. Barr-Smith), performed the commissioning ceremony. MELBOURNE was laid down in Cammell-Laird Yard, UK, and launched on 30 May 1912.
- August 29, 1912
HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), was launched at London & Glasgow Yard, UK.
- July 1, 1912
HMAS ENCOUNTER, (CAPT B. M. Chambers, RN), was commissioned into the RN. As HMS ENCOUNTER she was was laid down in Devonport Dockyard on 28 January 1901, launched on 18 June 1902, and completed in December 1905. ENCOUNTER sailed in 1905 for service in the RN Australia Squadron. She was presented to the RAN in 1912 for use as a seagoing training ship, pending completion of HMAS BRISBANE.
- June 21, 1912
HMS CHALLENGER, (cruiser), was transferred to the RAN.
- June 1, 1912
The River class destroyer HMAS WARREGO, was commissioned at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, and CMDR G. F. Hyde, RN, was appointed as Commanding Officer.