On This Day - 28 May

CDRE Rowley Lambert, CB, was appointed Commodore Commanding Australia Station. His flagship was HMS CHALLENGER
The paddlewheel sloop HMS BASILISK, (CAPT John Moresby, RN), completed an extensive survey of New Guinea waters. Areas surveyed included Redscar Bay, Basilisk Bay, the China Straits, Hayter Island, Milne Bay, Normanby Island, Fergusson Island, Possession Bay, Cape Bartle Island, Collingwood Bay, Richie Island, Parsee Point, Huon Gulf, Lesson Island, Humboldt Bay and Threshold Bay.
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (battle-cruiser), arrived in Fremantle, WA, from Portsmouth, England.
HMAS PERTH, (cruiser), embarked two landing barges, and sailed for Crete with HM Ships PHOEBE, CALCUTTA, COVENTRY, GLENGYLE, JERVIS, JANUS, and HASTY. The auxiliary minesweeper HMAS BOMBO, was commissioned. BOMBO was laid down in 1930, and owned by Quarries Pty Ltd, NSW. She re-commissioned as a store-carrier on 27 January 1944. HMA Ships NAPIER and NIZAM, (destroyers), with HM Ships KELVIN and KANDAHAR, landed stores and ammunition at Sfakia, Crete. The Australian ships evacuated over 400 troops. NAPIER landed LEUT L.M. Hinchliffe, RAN, as Beachmaster. LEUT Hinchliffe's work as Beachmaster was recognised by the award of the DSC.
HMIS BENGAL, (minesweeper), was launched at Cockatoo Island, Sydney. BENGAL was one of four ships built in Australia for the Indian Navy.
HMA Ships GOULBURN and GYMPIE, (minesweepers), bombarded Japanese positions at Bunabun Harbour, in preparation for an Allied landing.
The Fremantle class patrol boat HMAS BENDIGO, was commissioned. BENDIGO was laid down at North Queensland EA, Cairns, QLD, and launched on 9 May 1983. Mrs Lynam, (Wife of RADM D. F. Lynam), performed the launching ceremony.
The landing craft heavy HMAS BALIKPAPAN, (LEUT W. Richards, RAN), set out on the longest voyage ever undertaken by a vessel of her class. She departed Brisbane on a 5400 nautical mile journey to Malaysia, carrying RAAF equipment, vehicles, and personnel.
The Minister of Defence, Mr Robert Hill, announced that an RAN Heritage Centre would be built at the northern end of Garden Island, Sydney, to display RAN artifacts. The idea of such an RAN museum was first proposed in the 1920's, and for many years items were housed in the RAN Historical Collection on Spectacle Island, in Sydney Harbour.
'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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