On This Day
1946-1959 > Post WW2
On This Day - 1946-1959
- February 24, 1958
HMAS QUIBERON, (destroyer), conveyed Her Majesty the Queen Mother from Circular Quay to Manly.
- February 20, 1958
The RAN’s veteran depot ship, HMAS PLATYPUS, departed Sydney bound for Japan to be broken up. She had commenced service with the RAN in 1919, and had been present at the first bombing of Darwin in 1942.
- January 20, 1958
The Royal Australian Naval College, returned to Jervis Bay and was commissioned as HMAS CRESWELL. The college had originally been located at Jervis Bay from 1915 until 1930, however economic restrictions during the depression forced it’s transfer to HMAS CERBERUS in 1931
- December 25, 1957
Officers cook A. C. Cooper, of HMAS ANZAC, (destroyer), drowned in Singapore. Cooper was only one of two RAN casualties during the Malayan Emergency, (1948-1960). He is buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.
- December 18, 1957
The Q class frigate HMAS QUIBERON, was re-commissioned.
- December 5, 1957
The Official RAN Badge was amended by changing the Tudor Crown in the design to a St Edwards Crown, (Queen’s Crown).
- October 28, 1957
HMAS MELBOURNE, (aircraft carrier), collided with the merchant ship SS STRAAT BANKA, (Royal Interocean Line) in Port Adelaide. Damage was minor. HMAS MELBOURNE proceeded to Melbourne on that day, arriving on 1st November.
- May 9, 1957
HMAS MARYBOROUGH, (minesweeper), was sold. She was purchased by a private shipping company and renamed ISOBEL QUEEN.
- May 2, 1957
HMA Ships GLENELG, KATOOMBA, and PARKES, (minesweepers), were sold out of service for breaking up at Hong Kong.
- April 26, 1957
AB R. W. Spooner of HMAS TOBRUK, was killed when struck by an empty star shell casing fired by HMS COCKADE, during a night encounter exercise off the east coast of Malaysia. The casing penetrated TOBRUK’s, deck and struck two sailors in ‘A’ gun bay. Spooner lost his left leg, and died within minutes due to massive blood loss, while AB J. R. Stevenson had his right leg shattered in several places. AB Spooner was buried at sea later in the day, and AB Stevenson later discharged as ‘Permanently Unfit for Naval Service’.