On This Day - 30 August


VADM Sir George Patey, RN, in HMAS AUSTRALIA, arrived of Samoa, and the official surrender of German Samoa took place. The squadron comprised AUSTRALIA, HMA Ships MELBOURNE, and PSYCHE , and HM Ships PYRAMUS and PHILOMEL.

The Bathurst class minesweeper, (corvette), HMAS BALLARAT, (LCDR A. D. Barling, RANR(S)), was commissioned. BALLARAT was laid down in Williamstown Dockyard, VIC, on 17 April 1940, and launched on 10 December 1940. Mrs Dunstan, (Wife of the Premier of Victoria), performed the launching ceremony.
HMA Ships ARUNTA, MATEFELE, and POTRERO towed the torpedoed transport MALAITA to shallow water in Basilisk Passage.
CAPT H. Buchanan, RAN, in HMAS NAPIER, accepted the surrender of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. HMAS NIZAM, (CMDR W. F. Cook, RAN), leading HMAS NAPIER, (LEUT H. D. Stevenson), followed HMS KING GEORGE V into Tokyo Bay. They were the first RAN ships to enter the port after hostilities ceased.
LEUT J. R. Bluett and LEUT P. McNay, (of 805 Squadron, RAN Fleet Air Arm), shot down a pilotless Auster aircraft, three miles to seaward off Sydney. The aircraft took off without its pilot from Bankstown Airfield, and flew over Sydney for two hours. Bluett and McNay, flying Sea Furies, fired a burst each into the Auster, which crashed in flames into the sea.
The Bird, (ex-RN Ton), class minesweeper HMAS TEAL, (LEUT J. G. Staxcey, RAN), was commissioned. TEAL, (as HMS JACKTON), was laid down in Philip & Son Ltd, Dartmouth, England, in January 1953, and launched on 28 February 1955. She was purchased for the RAN IN 1962.
'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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