On This Day
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On This Day - 1946-1959
- April 30, 1946
The total number of gallantry awards made to RAN personnel between 3 September 1939, and 30 April 1946, was 1107. This number included 28 awards bestowed by the USA, four by the Netherlands, and four by Greece. 29 awards were won by RN personnel serving in Australian ships.
Battle casualties suffered by the RAN in the period 3 September 1939, to 30 April 1946, totalled 2608. Officers – 183 killed, 75 wounded; Ratings – 1780 killed, 3 missing, 63 died as POWs, 504 wounded.
- April 27, 1946
HMAS STUART, (destroyer), the famous ‘Leader of the Crocks’, was paid off at Sydney for disposal. She was later broken up at Ryde Sydney.
- April 5, 1946
HMAS GAWLER, (minesweeper), was paid off for transfer to the Turkish Navy. The ship was renamed AYVALIK, and remained in service until 1963.
- April 1, 1946
HMAS TOLGA, (auxiliary minesweeper), was scuttled in New Guinea waters “because she had deteriorated so badly it was considered dangerous to attempt to run her home”.
- March 3, 1946
HMAS TOLGA, (auxiliary minesweeper), was scuttled off New Guinea by HMAS CONDAMINE.
- February 26, 1946
HMAS ADELAIDE, (light cruiser), was paid off for breaking up.
- February 22, 1946
The modified River class frigate HMAS CONDAMINE, (LCDR R. J. Hodge, RAN), was commissioned. CONDAMINE was laid down in the State Dockyard, Newcastle, NSW, on 30 October 1943, and launched on 4 November 1944.
- February 20, 1946
The armament store-carrier HMAS WOOMERA, was commissioned. WOOMERA was allocated to the Australian Army, and named ASHBURTON, and taken over by the RAN on 23 January 1946.
- January 12, 1946
The River class frigate HMAS BARWON, was commissioned. BARWON was laid down in Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, on 31 May 1943, and launched on 3 August 1944.