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The Story of the Navy Plaque / March 2013
The Story of the Navy Plaque / March 2013

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The Story of the Navy Plaques are situated on the Rats of Tobruk Memorial. The first plaque dedicates the site to the sailors who lost their lives during the Siege of Tobruk in 1941. The second plaque descibes the role of the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Navy during the siege. The inscription on this plaque is illegible.

During the siege, the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy provided the garrison's link to the outside world, the so-called 'Tobruk ferry'. These ships included the Australian destroyers Napier, Nizam, Stuart, Vendetta and Voyager. Losses comprised two destroyers, including HMAS Waterhen, three sloops, including HMAS Parramatta, and 21 smaller vessels.

Location

Address:Tweed Terrace, Rats of Tobruk Memorial , Jack Carlin Park , Tweed Heads , 2485
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.165514
Long: 153.550404
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:11-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:27-November-1941

Dedication

Left Side Inscription

      THE STORY OF THE NAVY

THIS MAGNIFICENT SITE IS DEDICATED TO
THE SAILORS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN FLEET
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN OPERATIONS
SUPPORTING THE TOBRUK SIEGE.
COMPRISING 180 TRIPS EACH OF 1000 KLM,
31 SHIPS WERE LOST TO ENEMY ACTION
INCLUDING HMAS WATERHEN AND HMAS
PARRAMATTA. BATTLE SCARRED SURVIVORS
WERE HMA SHIPS NAPIER, NIZAM, STUART,
VOYAGER, VENDETTA, VAMPIRE AND YARRA.
178 AUSTRALIANS HAVE NO NAMED GRAVES
              LEST WE FORGET.

Right Side Inscription

(Plaque illegible)

Source: MA
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