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ANZAC

ANZAC was the Allied headquarters for the defense of eastern Australia and New Zealand. The command was activated on 15 January 1942 under Admiral Leary as a way to address concerns by the Australian government that, because the continent of Australia was not included in the ABDA command, and the U.S. Pacific command was located in distant Hawaii, the defense of Australia would fall into a command void. A portion of northwest Australia around Darwin was subsequently moved into the ABDA command. The naval component of ANZAC (under Crace) later participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Order of battle, 12 February 1942:

Naval forces, ANZAC
 
CA Chicago

CA Australia

CL Achilles

CL Leander

DD Perkins

DD Lamson


References

Willmott (1982)



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