War correspondent John Pacini was in Napier when he wrote this article in 1945. The Allied Fleets were steaming for Tokyo and World War II was in its last days.
HMS NEPAL, formerly HMAS NEPAL, (destroyer), was paid off for disposal.
HMAS Nepal decommissioned after steaming over 200,000 miles for the Royal Australian Navy. She was transferred back to the Royal Navy and was broken up in 1956
HMA Ships NAPIER, NEPAL, NIZAM and NORMAN, (destroyers), screened the escort carriers STRIKER and RULER, and the fleet oilers WAVE KING and WAVE MONARCH, in the Okinawa area.
HMA Ships QUICKMATCH and QUIBERON, (destroyers), operated off Sakishima, Japan, while screening battleships of the British Pacific Fleet. HMA Ships NEPAL, NORMAN, NIZAM, QUICKMATCH, and QUIBERON supported American landings in