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On This Day - 1940
- November 16, 1940
HMAS GOULBURN, (minesweeper), was launched at Cockatoo Island, Sydney.
HMAS SYDNEY, (CAPT J. Collins, RAN), took part in troop transport operations to Greece.
- November 14, 1940
The following awards were made to the crew of HMAS STUART, (destroyer), for the sinking of the Italian submarine GONDAR:- LEUT N. J. M. Teacher, RN; LEUT J. G. Griffin, RANVR; LEUT T. S. Cree, RANVR; PO R. A. H. MacDonald; PO L. T. Pike;
- November 12, 1940
The auxiliary patrol vessel HMAS VIGILANT, was commissioned. VIGILANT was laid down in Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, and launched on 12 February 1938. She was renamed SLEUTH in April 1944, and HAWK on 13 March 1945.
HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), and HMS MOWHAWK, (destroyer), attacked an Italian convoy of four merchant vessels and two destroyers, north of Otranto. All four merchant ships were sunk, and the destroyers were driven off. When SYDNEY rejoined the Mediterranean Fleet, the C-in-C, ADML A. B. Cunningham, signalled:- ‘Did you have a wild Australian night?’
- November 11, 1940
The cruiser HMAS SYDNEY, (CAPT J. Collins, RAN), joined in a raid into the Straight of Otranto, with HM Ships ORION and AJAX, (cruisers), NUBIAN and MOWHAWK, (destroyers), as a subsidiary raid to the Battle of Taranto. They sunk 4 merchant ships, without damage to any of the raiding force.
- November 9, 1940
HMAS ORARA, (minesweeper), picked up three boatloads of survivors from the mined merchant ship CAMBRIDGE, off Wilsons Promontory, VIC.