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On This Day - 1941
- January 15, 1941
HMAS PERTH was withdrawn from operations with the 7th Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean and docked at Malta for urgent boiler repairs.
The British Prime Minister, Mr Winston Churchill, Mrs Churchill, Lord and Lady Halifax, and American Special Envoy Harry Hopkins, embarked in HMAS NAPIER for passage from Thurso to Scapa Flow.
- January 14, 1941
The auxiliary minesweeper HMAS TOORIE was commissioned. TOORIE, (ex-SIR ARTHUR DORMAN), was laid down in Dorman Long, Sydney, in 1925. She was renamed in 1928 under Adelaide steamship ownership, and was requisitioned by the RAN in late 1940.
- January 13, 1941
HMA Ships STUART and VAMPIRE (destroyers), intercepted the Italian supply schooner SAN DIEGO attempting to enter Tobruk under cover of darkness. The schooner was later sunk by VAMPIRE.
- January 8, 1941
The N class destroyer HMAS NIZAM, (LCDR M. J. Clark, RAN), was commissioned. NIZAM was laid down in John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank, Scotland, on 27 July 1939, and launched on 4 July 1940.
- January 7, 1941
HMAS NAPIER, (destroyer), arrived at Reykjavik, Iceland, as escort for a convoy.
- January 3, 1941
HMAS VOYAGER, (destroyer), was part of the screen for the battle-fleet which bombarded Italian defences, at Bardia, Libya.
- January 2, 1941
HMAS VOYAGER, (destroyer), joined HM Ships DAINTY, (destroyer) and TERROR, (monitor) in a bombardment of Bardia.
- January 1, 1941
HMAS VOYAGER, (destroyer), bombarded Sollum, Libya.