On This Day - 26 November
- ADML G. E. Patey, took command of his battle squadron off the Mexican coast. It comprised of HMAS AUSTRALIA, (battle- cruiser), HMS NEWCASTLE, (cruiser), and the Japanese Ships ASAMA, IDZUMO, and HIZEN.
- CAPT Theodor Detmers, (German raider KORMORAN), claimed the last signal hoisted by HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), was the two flags IK:- 'You should prepare for a hurricane or a typhoon'. The signal was not understood.
- HMAS ADELAIDE, (cruiser), intercepted the German blockade runner RAMSES in the Indian Ocean. RAMSES was sunk by gunfire, and 88 survivors, plus a dog and a pig, were picked up.
HMAS GLADSTONE, (minesweeper), was launched at Maryborough, QLD.
- The Fremantle-based USS BOWFIN, (submarine), sank the Japanese tanker OGURASAN MARU, and the transport TAINAN MARU, off Mindanao.
- The Daring class destroyer HMAS VENDETTA, (CAPT R. J. Robertson, DSC, RAN), was commissioned.
VENDETTA was laid down in Williamstown Dockyard, VIC, on 4 July 1949, and launched on 3 May 1954. Mrs Nancy Waller, (Wife of CAPT H. M. L. Waller, DSO, RAN), performed the launching ceremony.
- Redundant flying officers of the RAN Fleet Air Arm were recruited by the RN to man a Fleet Air Arm Squadron.
'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.