On This Day
1919-1938 > Depresssion and between the wars
On This Day - 1919-1938
- February 15, 1936
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), exercised with ‘Queen Bees’, unmanned radio-controlled Moth aircraft, in the Mediterranean.
HMA Ships AUSTRALIA and SHROPSHIRE, (cruisers), exercised together for the first time off Alexandria, Egypt.
- January 28, 1936
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (battle-cruiser), in Alexandria, Egypt, fired a 70 gun salute on the occasion of the funeral of HM King George V.
- January 22, 1936
HMA Ships AUSTRALIA and SYDNEY, (cruisers), fired a 21-gun royal salute at sea on the accession to the throne of Edward VIII.
- January 21, 1936
The Grimsby class escort sloop, HMAS YARRA, was commissioned. Mrs Parkhill, (Wife of the Minister for Defence), performed the commissioning ceremony. YARRA was laid down in Cockatoo Island Dockyard on 28 March 1935. YARRA was sunk in action in the Sunda Strait, on 4 March 1942.
- January 20, 1936
HMA Ships AUSTRALIA and SYDNEY, (cruisers), fired a 70 gun salute on the death of King George V.