On This Day
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On This Day - 1914-1918
- December 28, 1918
HM Ships SWORDSMAN and TATTOO, (destroyers), were launched at English shipyards. Both vessels were transferred to Australia after hostilities ended, and were commissioned into the RAN.
- December 26, 1918
HMA Ships PARRAMATTA, SWAN, YARRA, and HUON, (torpedo boat destroyers), sailed from Ismid, in the Sea of Marmara, for Malta, where they were joined by sister ships TORRENS and WARREGO, for the voyage to England.
- December 25, 1918
CMDR W. Burrows assumed command of the Australian Torpedo Boat Destroyer Squadron.
- December 20, 1918
HMAS MOURILYAN, (auxiliary patrol vessel), was paid off and returned to her owners.
- December 11, 1918
HMAS BRISBANE, (light cruiser), arrived at Sevastopol to support White Russian forces in resisting the advance of the Bolshevik army.
- December 10, 1918
HMAS BRISBANE, (light cruiser), operated with the Australian Destroyer Flotilla in the Black Sea.
- December 9, 1918
The Australian Government approved the purchase of aircraft carried in ships of the RAN based in the UK. The decision was later rescinded on the grounds that maintenance facilities were not available in Australia. The aircraft were returned to the RN before the ships left for Australia.
- December 8, 1918
CMDR J. Bond, RAN, of HMAS SWAN, (destroyer), led a party of Australian and French officers to Novocherkassk to meet General Krasnoff, Commander of White Russian troops in South Russia.
- December 3, 1918
HMAS SWAN, and the French Ship BISSON, (destroyers), entered the Sea of Azov to observe the state of White Russians in the area.
- December 2, 1918
Port examination stations at principal ports in Australia were closed down. During the war the stations were manned by the Naval Brigade.