The modified Leander class cruiser HMAS SYDNEY, (CAPT J. U. C. Fitzgerald, RN), was commissioned. SYDNEY was laid down in Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Yard, Wallsend-on-Tyne, England, on 8 July 1933, as HMS PHAETON, and launched 22 September 1934, having been purchased for the RAN, as HMAS SYDNEY. Mrs S. M. Bruce, (Wife of the Australian High Commissioner), performed the launching ceremony.
HMAS Sydney II
The first Seagull MK V amphibian was embarked in HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser). HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), also carried a Seagull A2-2.
HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), was launched at Swan Hunter’s Yard, UK.
Three future British WWII naval heroes were serving on the staff of RADM E. R. G. R. Evans, (Evans of the Broke), in HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser).
- First Lieutenant; Future CAPT F. S. Bell, RN, (who commanded HMS EXETER in the Battle of the River Plate);
- Gunnery Officer; Future CAPT J. A. Collins, RAN, (who commanded HMAS SYDNEY in the sinking of the Italian cruiser BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI);
- Staff Officer; Future CAPT E. D. B. McCarthy, RN, (who commanded HMS AJAX in the sinking of the Italian destroyers AERONE, ARIEL, and ARTIGLIO).
CAPT Dumaresq, RAN, commanding HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), signalled Scapa Flow Aerodrome:- ‘As DUBLIN’s pilot has to return shortly request that CAMPANIA may be asked to supply a pilot and Camel or standard Pup, complete with two mechanics to SYDNEY’.
Two days later a perplexed query came back ‘Does Camel refer to part of equipment or to a particular type of aircraft?’ SYDNEY promptly replied: ‘The machine referred to is a Sopwith Camel aeroplane. It is the test standard fighter and has succeeded the Pup’.
CAPT Dumaresq received his aircraft shortly afterwards.