On This Day - 26 July

1940
HMA Ships VAMPIRE and VENDETTA, (destroyers), with HMS ORION, (cruiser), demonstrated off the Italian-held island of Castellorizo to divert enemy attention from an important convoy bound for Greece.
1941
HMAS DELORAINE, (minesweeper), was launched at Mort's Dock, Sydney.
1944
The Fremantle-based USS ROBALO, (submarine), sank after an internal explosion off Palawan. There were four survivors, but all four lost their lives when the Japanese destroyer which picked them up was sunk.
1945
HMAS GASCOYNE, (frigate), steamed up the Balikpapan River to engage Japanese positions with close-range gunfire.
1984
The FFG-7, (Adelaide), class guided missile frigate HMAS DARWIN, was commissioned. DARWIN was laid down in Todd Pacific Shipyard Co, Seattle, USA, on 1 July 1981, and launched on 26 March 1982.
1991
CMDR J. Parker, and CPO Darryl Dilger, arrived in Bahrain as the Australian representatives in the Allied Chemical and Biological Weapons Inspection Team. CPO Dilger was awarded the Australian Service Medal with Kuwait and Iron Clasps for his service. He was the only Australian to receive the award.
2003
The patrol boat HMAS WHYALLA, (LCDR T. Byles, RAN), becomes the first RAN vessel to arrive in the Solomon Islands to support the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, as part of Operation Anode. She was later joined by HMA Ships MANOORA, (landing platform amphibious), HAWKESBURY (mine hunter coastal), and LABUAN, and WEWAK, (landing craft heavy).
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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