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H.M.A.S Wollong Plaque : November 2013
H.M.A.S Wollong Plaque : November 2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Graeme Saunders

A monument commemorates the service of H.M.A.S. Wollongong, a Bathurst Class Corvette during World War Two.

HMAS Wollongong (J172), named for the city of Wollongong, New South Wales, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War Two and one of 20 built for the Admiralty but manned by personnel of and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy(RAN).

After entering active service, 'Wollongong was deployed as a convoy escort in Australian waters. On 11 January 1942, she was sent to Singapore.The corvette was involved in patrols and the evacuation of Allied personnel from Malaya, Java, and Sumatra, and was the last Australian ship to leave Singapore before it was surrendered to the Japanese on 15 February . She operated in the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Mediterranean as a convoy escort and patrol vessel, and twice entered the Atlantic Ocean to meet Mediterranean-bound convoys. In September 1943, while in the Mediterranean, Wollongong was called on to shell the beached German submarine U-617, and was awarded partial credit for the submarine's destruction.The ship received six battle honours for her wartime service. After the end of the war, Wollongong was marked for transfer to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN).She was decommissioned in Sydney on 11 February 1946.

Location

Address:Endeavour Drive, Flagstaff Hill Park , Wollongong, 2500
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.421528
Long: 150.907951
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Approx. Event Start Date:1941
Approx. Event End Date:1946

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th November, 1995
Front Inscription

          TO COMMEMORATE
       H.M.A.S. WOLLONGONG
               CORVETTE
                  1941 -1946
SERVED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS
SINGAPORE              ATLANTIC OCEAN
JAVA                           INDIAN OCEAN
EAST AFRICA            PERSIAN GULF
MEDITERRANEAN    PACIFIC OCEAN

BERTHED AT WOLLONGONG NOVEMBER 1941
UNVEILED BY CAPTAIN G.J.GERAGHTY RAN ON 25.11.95
                         DONATED BY
CLEARY BROS, WOLLONG EX-SERVICES CLUB AND
            WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL

Source: MA
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