On This Day
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On This Day - 1940
- December 24, 1940
HMAS PERTH, (cruiser), relieved HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), in the Mediterranean Fleet.
- December 23, 1940
HMAS NAPIER, (destroyer), blew off her own galley funnel in sub-calibre shoots in Scapa Flow.
- December 22, 1940
HMAS ORARA, (auxiliary minesweeper), signalled HMAS SWAN, (sloop), on observing her coloured minesweeping lights burning too brightly on her stern:- ‘May I hang my stocking on your Christmas tree?’ SWAN replied:- ‘Yes, and I will shortly be hanging a sprig of mistletoe over my stern’
- December 21, 1940
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), sustained damage when bombed in dry dock at Liverpool, England.
A 1588 kg aerial torpedo fell between the ship and the dockside, but failed to explode.
- December 19, 1940
HMAS NIZAM, (destroyer), was commissioned under LCDR M. J. Clark, RAN, at Clydebank, Scotland.