On This Day - 30 March

1939
The Australian Naval Board in a letter to the Government stated, "the control of sea communications in Australian waters must depend basically on the strength of the British Fleet".
1941
The Mediterranean Fleet returned to a vociferous welcome from ships at Alexandria after the Battle of Matapan. HMA Ships PERTH, STUART, and VENDETTA were detached after the battle to escort convoys to Greece.
1943
The Brisbane-based USS TUNA, (submarine), sank the Japanese transport KUROHIME MARU in the Admiralty Islands.
1969
HMAS BRISBANE, (guided missile destroyer), relieved sister ship HMAS PERTH at Subic Bay, for duty in Vietnam.
1973
HMAS PALUMA, (survey vessel), was paid off for disposal at Sydney. She was then sold to a Queensland based company who renamed her MATLOCK, and used her for hydrographic work, however, the vessel has since changed ownership a number of times.
Credit:
'On This Day' is based on the book "Navy Day by Day: Historic Naval Events in Australia and Abroad" written by the late Lew Lind. More information.

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