The invitation to write an article for the Naval Historical Review 1972 gives me the opportunity to remind members of the importance of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in Australian
HMAS Westralia I
HMAS Westralia paid off at Sydney after steaming 120,978 miles in naval service. She subsequently provided a service between Sydney and Kure for the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces from December
HMA Ships ARUNTA, HOBART, SHROPSHIRE, KANIMBLA, MANOORA, and WESTRALIA, participated in the assault on Balikpapan, Borneo. HMAS MINDARI, (gunnery instruction centre), was commissioned at Woolloomooloo, Sydney.
Dentists were first attached to destroyer flotillas in the RAN. HMA Ships SHROPSHIRE, HOBART, ARUNTA, LACHLAN, HAWKESBURY, WESTRALIA, MANOORA, and KANIMBLA, engaged in the invasion of Brunei.
HMA Ships WESTRALIA and MANOORA, (landing ships), completed landing Australian troops at Tarakan. HMA Ships SWAN, (sloop), and COLAC and IPSWICH, (minesweepers), bombarded Japanese positions at Wewak, New Guinea, in