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Royal Australian Navy


Photograph of HMAS Canberra

U.S. National Archives #80-G-13454-A

The Royal Australian Navy was little more than a squadron with no unit larger than a heavy cruiser. However, it fought so well alongside the U.S. Navy that an American heavy cruiser, Canberra, became the only American cruiser named after a foreign city (as well as in memory of the Australian cruiser Canberra, lost in the Battle of Savo Island.)

Australian order of battle, 7 December 1941:

Royal Australian Navy (Royle; at Sydney)

AO Falkefjell 7927 tons, 11.5 knots. A Norwegian tanker on the Sumatra-Australia line that went into RAN service on the fall of Norway.

AO Bishopdale 17,357 tons, 11.5 knots.

AO Kurumba 7806 tons standard displacement, 10 knots. Cargo capacity 2548 tons.
  Australian Squadron (Crace; at Fremantle)

  CA Australia (at Sydney)


CA Canberra (at Sydney)


CL Perth (at Auckland)



CL Hobart (Suez Canal)



CX Kanimbla (at George Town)


CX Westralia (at Darwin)


CX Manoora (at Changi)


ACM Bungaree


AGS Moresby (at Townsville)


Minesweeping Flotilla 20



AMA Ballarat (at Darwin)



AMA Deloraine



AMA Lithgow



AMA Mildura



Sloop Swan (at Port Moresby)




AMA Towoomba



Sloop Warrego (at Melbourne)



AMA Warrnambool (at Darwin)



AMA Wollongong


Minesweeping Flotilla 21 (at Singapore)




AMA Bendigo



AMA Burnie



AMA Goulburn



AMA Mayborough


Australian Destroyer Flotilla (at Singapore)     



  DD Vampire



DD Voyager (at Sydney)


Base Staff Queensland (at Brisbane)



AMA Tambar



AMA Coolebar

Base Staff Western Australia (at Fremantle)



AMA Alfie



AMA Olive Cam


Base Staff Victoria (at Melbourne)



AMA Marrawa



AMA Uki



AMA Orara



AMA Doomba



AMA Korowa



AMA Beryl II



AMA Tongkoi



AMA Durraween


Base Staff Newcastle (at Newcastle)



AMA Bermaqui



AMA Narani (at Sydney)


Base Staff Northern Territory (at Darwin)     



AMA Karangi



AN Kangaroo



AN Koala



AMA Tolka



AMA Terka



AMA Gunbar



AN Kookaburra


Base Staff South Australia (at Adelaide)     



AMA Nambucca



AMA Toorie



AMA Warrawee



AMA Gawler


References

Bradley et al. (1992)

Morton (1953)

Prados (1995)

Royal Australian Navy (accessed 2011-3-19)

Willmott (1982)

http://www.freeport-tech.com/WWII (accessed 2002; now defunct)



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