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Exmouth Gulf

Exmouth Gulf (114.14E 21.96S) is located at the extreme northwestern point of Australia. Lockwood tried to establish a forward submarine base here in 1942 after Darwin was ruled out because it was in range of Japanese bombers. The plan was opposed by Lockwood's staff because the area lacked facilities, experienced heavy surf from northwest winds, and was exposed to tropical cyclones part of the year. When Japanese reconnaissance planes detected forward units in the area, and bombers from Kupang raided the nascent base, the plan was dropped. However, the gulf was used as a forward refueling station, extending the endurance of submarines operating from Fremantle.

References

Blair (1975)

Carter (1953)



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