The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was vital in supporting Allied forces during WW2, which involved sinking enemy submarines, supporting land operations and providing vitally important convoy escorts.
- Australian ships escorted troopships bringing reinforcements to Singapore and then helped with their evacuation.
- HMAS Perth and the USS Houston were lost in the Battle of Sunda Strait.
- HMA Ships Australia and Hobart were part of the Battle of the Coral Sea.
- The RAN supported operations around Papua New Guinea, sank Japanese submarines, and supported Australian troop landing at Tarakan, Brunei, and Balikpapan.
- The RAN’s peak strength was 39,650 personnel (2,176 casualties) and approximately 337 vessels, including 60 locally built Bathurst Class corvettes.
Editor’s Note; In 1942, HMAS Armidale, was lost while supporting commando operations in Timor. Ordinary Seaman Edward 'Teddy' Sheean was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions. A current Collins Class submarine is named in his honour.