HMAS Par­ra­matta II

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - History -

The Royal Aus­tralian Navy re­ceived the Grimsby Class Sloop fol­low­ing its launch­ing in 1939. She took part in op­er­a­tions against Ital­ian Eritrea, East Africa, in 1941, then trans­ferred to the Mediter­ranean sta­tion, es­cort­ing ves­sels car­ry­ing des­per­ately needed sup­plies to To­bruk in North Africa where Aus­tralian sol­diers were un­der siege by the Ger­man army led by Rom­mel. In one ac­tion, forty eight dive bombers at­tacked the ship and her sur­round­ing ves­sels, yet she suc­cess­fully de­fended her charges.

On Novem­ber 27, 1941 a sin­gle tor­pedo struck amid­ships tear­ing the ship apart. One hun­dred and thirty-eight men, in­clud­ing the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer and all nine of­fi­cers, lost their lives. Only twenty-four of the crew sur­vived. A me­mo­rial ser­vice is held on the Sun­day close to Novem­ber 27, in the Queens Wharf Re­serve, Ge­orge Street, Par­ra­matta.

Par­ra­matta Me­mo­rial Sub-Sec­tion Naval As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of HMAS Par­ra­matta IV, Royal Aus­tralian Navy and Par­ra­matta & Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety at­tend.

The HMAS Par­ra­matta at sea in 1940

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