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On This Day - 1942
- December 23, 1942
The Bathurst class minesweeper, (corvette), HMAS WAGGA, (LEUT D. K. Cracknell, RANR), was commissioned. WAGGA was laid down in Mort’s Dock, Sydney, 9 March 1942, and launched on 25 July 1942.
The auxiliary boom defence vessel HMAS KOOMPARTOO, was commissioned. KOOMPARTOO was laid down in Walsh Island, Newcastle, NSW, in 1922. She was transferred to the RAN, from the British Ministry of War Transport, in October 1942.
- December 21, 1942
HMAS QUIBERON, (destroyer), took off troops and crew from the bombed and burning transport STRATHALLAN, torpedoed off North Africa.
- December 15, 1942
HMAS CASTLEMAINE, (minesweeper), beat off Japanese aircraft attacks on the convoy she was escorting on the north Australian coast.
- December 13, 1942
HMA Ships COLAC, BALLARAT, BROOME, and WHYALLA, (minesweepers), landed troops at Buna, New Guinea.
- December 12, 1942
Merchant vessel MERKUR was requisitioned by the RAN and converted to a victualling ship.