On This Day
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On This Day - 1940
- December 11, 1940
An Australian National Security Regulation was issued, making the fitting of minesweeping paravanes compulsory on all Australian ships over 800 tons.
- December 10, 1940
HMAS BALLARAT, (minesweeper), was launched at Williamstown Dockyard, VIC.
- December 6, 1940
HMAS BATHURST, (minesweeper), was commissioned under LEUT A. V. Bunyan, RANR(S), at Sydney. BATHURST was the first of 60 vessels of this class built in Australia for the RAN, RN, and the RIN.
- December 5, 1940
The Bathurst class minesweeper, (corvette), HMAS BATHURST, (LCDR A. V. Bunyan, RANR), was commissioned. BATHURST was laid down in Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, on 10 February 1940, and launched on 1 August 1940. Mrs A. B. Doyle, (Wife of CAPT Doyle, RAN, Engineering Manager of Garden Island Dockyard), performed the launching ceremony.
- December 3, 1940
The Australian Naval Board asked the British Admiralty to redeploy Australian ships in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, to counter the operations of German raiders.