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On This Day - 1945
- January 28, 1945
HMAS MELBOURNE, (aircraft carrier), ex HMS MAJESTIC, launched at Vickers Armstrong Yard, England.
- January 26, 1945
HMAS NORMAN, (destroyer), supported RN units in Operation Sankey, the assault on Cheduba Island, Burma.
- January 21, 1945
HMAS NAPIER, (destroyer), supported RN units involved in Operation Matador, which was the assault on Rameree Island, Burma.
- January 17, 1945
A fire broke out at No. 8 Berth, North Wharf, (Port of Fremantle), and engulfed the merchant ship MV PANAMANIAN, which was alongside loading flour. The fire took seven days to be totally extinguished. The submarine tender HMS MAIDSTONE also caught fire, and had to be moved by tugs to prevent the fire spreading to other ships. The fires were fought by RAN, RN, USN and civilian personnel. The fire in MAIDSTONE was quickly brought under control, but the PANAMANIAN became a total loss. Only one life was lost in the fire, that of AB Kenneth Shooter, a RNZN sailor serving in HMS RULER, who fell down a hatch onboard PANAMANIAN while fighting the fire on 23 January.
- January 16, 1945
Japanese aircraft sank the Fremantle-based British submarine HMS PORPOISE, in Malacca Strait. PORPOISE had been involved in the ill-fated operation RIMAU, when she conveyed Z force operatives to the Singapore area in late 1944. PORPOISE was the last British submarine lost during World War II.