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On This Day - 1943
- December 6, 1943
HMAS POYANG, (ammunition carrier), was commissioned.
- December 3, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS NARWHAL, (submarine), landed Special Services troops, and 90 tons of stores, near Cabadaran, Mindanao. Two days later she sank a small Japanese transport in the same waters, with gunfire.
HMAS STUART, (destroyer), stood by and escorted to Brisbane USS GUARDFISH, (submarine), which was damaged in a collision with a tender.
- December 2, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS BOWFIN, (submarine), sank a Japanese cargo yacht in Macassar Strait.
- November 29, 1943
HMA Ships ARUNTA and WARRAMUNGA, (destroyers), with the US Ships RALPH TALBOT and HELM, bombarded Japanese positions at Gasmata.
- November 28, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS BOWFIN, (submarine), sank the Japanese troop ship SYDNEY MARU, and the tanker TONAN MARU, in the South China Sea.
- November 27, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS BOWFIN, (submarine), sank the Japanese transport VAN VOLLENHOVEN, in the South China Sea.
- November 26, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS BOWFIN, (submarine), sank the Japanese tanker OGURASAN MARU, and the transport TAINAN MARU, off Mindanao.
- November 18, 1943
The River class frigate HMAS GASCOYNE, (LCDR J. Donovan, RAN), was commissioned. GASCOYNE was laid down in Mort’s Dock, Sydney, on 3 July 1942, and launched on 20 February 1943. Lady Wakehurst, (Wife of the Governor of New South Wales), performed the launching.
- November 16, 1943
HMAS JUNEE, (minesweeper), was launched at Poole & Steel, Sydney.
- November 15, 1943
The Fremantle-based USS SEAL, (submarine), sank the Japanese transport BOSTON MARU, off Palau. SEAL was damaged in the action when she was rammed by another vessel in the convoy, but reached port safely.