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On This Day - 1945
- September 26, 1945
HMAS STRAHAN was damaged by a mine explosion while sweeping a minefield off the China coast. The ship returned to Hong Kong for repairs.
- September 22, 1945
A BBC announcer described the scene in Tokyo Harbour, after the surrender ceremony:- ‘and there are the four Australian minesweepers BALLARAT, IPSWICH, PIRIE, and CESSNOCK. They are a husky bunch and without them the Fleet could not have operated’.
- September 19, 1945
HMAS SWAN, (sloop), accepted the Japanese surrender at Namatanai, New Ireland.
- September 17, 1945
US Submarines based in Australia during WWII, sank 25 destroyers, 17 frigates, four minesweepers, 10 submarine chasers, torpedo boats, and gunboats. Eighteen Australian-based submarines were lost through enemy action.
- September 14, 1945
HMAS Winter decommissioned in Sydney. She was sold on 25 January 1946.
- September 13, 1945
The Japanese surrender of Nauru was signed on board HMAS DIAMANTINA, (frigate).
- September 12, 1945
HMAS HAWKESBURY, (River class frigate), became the first ship of the RAN to enter Singapore since the surrender to the Japanese in 1942.
The surrender of Japanese forces at Wewak, New Guinea, was signed aboard ML805.
- September 11, 1945
Japanese forces on Timor signed the surrender document on board HMAS MORESBY, (survey vessel/escort).
- September 10, 1945
The Japanese surrender of Kairiru and Muschu islands was signed on board ML805.
HMA Ships GLENELG, COOTAMUNDRA, JUNEE, and LATROBE, (minesweepers), embarked liberated POW’s at Ambon, and transported them to Morotai.
- September 9, 1945
HMA Ships BUNDABERG, KAPUNDA, BLACK SNAKE, RIVER SNAKE, and ML 1343, plus army craft used by SRD, AM 1629, AM 1499, AM 1983, and AM 1985, accepted the Japanese surrender at Kuching, Jesselton, and Sandakan, Borneo.