On This Day
1919-1938 > Depresssion and between the wars
On This Day - 1919-1938
- March 21, 1919
HM Ships ANZAC, TATTOO, SWORDSMAN, SUCCESS, TASMANIA, and STALWART were transferred to the RAN. The S class destroyers were replacements for the six torpedo boat destroyers used during the World War I.
- March 17, 1919
After their service with the RN is finished HMA Ships HMAS Melbourne , Torrens, Huon, Warrego, Swan, Yarra and Parramatta sailed from Malta for Australia
- March 15, 1919
The J class submarines J1, J2, J3, J4, J5, J7, were gifted to the RAN. All were built in the UK under the Emergency War Programme with J1 and J2 being built in Portsmouth Dockyard, J3 and J4, in Pembroke Dockyard, South Wales, and J5 and J7, in Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth. They sailed on 9 April 1919 with HMAS PLATYPUS, (submarine depot ship), for Australia, arriving on 10 July 1919 in Sydney.
- March 13, 1919
The depot and repair ship HMAS PLATYPUS, (CMDR E. C. Boyle, VC, RN), was commissioned. PLATYPUS, (ex-PENGUIN, ex-PLATYPUS), was laid down in John Brown Yard, at Clydebank, Scotland, on 14 October 1914, and launched on 28 October 1916. As both of the RAN’s submarines, (AE1 and AE2), were lost, PLATYPUS remained in service with the RN for the duration of WWI.
- March 11, 1919
HMAS PLATYPUS was commissioned as a submarine depot ship, and HMAS KURUMBA as oiler for the flotilla of “J” class submarines presented to the RAN as a gift by the British Admiralty.