Royal Australian Navy Marks 70th Anniversary of Loss of HMAS Yarra II

Royal Australian Navy Marks 70th Anniversary of Loss of HMAS Yarra II

Members of the Royal Australian Navy paused this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of one of Australia’s most tragic naval losses of World War II.

On 4 March 1942, HMAS Yarra (II) was escorting a small convoy from Java to Australia when a superior force of Japanese warships came into view. The Australian sloop bravely turned towards the enemy to defend her charges, but was mortally out gunned. 138 Australian sailors died making a final stand under the command of Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Rankin. This act of courage has since drawn national admiration and praise.

Yarra had a crew of 151 men of whom only 13 survived. They spent five days in a life raft before being rescued by a Dutch submarine.

On Sunday, members of the current HMAS Yarra attended a solemn ceremony in Newport, Melbourne, to remember those who lost their lives. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AM, CSC, RAN also attended along with the sole surviving witness to that day, Mr Bernard Higgins. Now 88, Mr. Higgins was serving on TS Anking which was part of the convoy being escorted by Yarra. His vessel was also sunk that day.

Vice Admiral Griggs said the anniversary of HMAS Yarra’s loss underlined the importance of the protection of shipping and the importance of our sea laws.

“Last week Navy celebrated its 111th birthday and it is appropriate that we remember our journey to this point. On this important day, we acknowledge the lives lost, the sacrifices made and the selfless service given by tens of thousands of fellow Australians.

“The story of Yarra is a special one. The ship had seen action in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. This commemoration also reminds all of us in this uniform what can be asked of us as part of a combat force.”

HMAS Yarra (IV) is the sixth of six Huon Class minehunters built in Newcastle. She was commissioned on 1 March 2003. Like her sister ships, Yarra‘s unique hull design is shock resistant with a low magnetic and acoustic signature. This allows the ship to operate in hostile mine environments.

Naval Today Staff , March 07, 2012; Image: navy

Share this article

Follow Naval Today

One thought on “Royal Australian Navy Marks 70th Anniversary of Loss of HMAS Yarra II”

Comments are closed.

Events>

<< May 2016 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

EURONAVAL 2016

Euronaval 2016 in Paris, is one of the leading international trade shows for maritime security, safety and naval defense…

read more >

7th Annual International Port Security Conference

The SMi Group announces the 7th annual International Port Security Conference. The event will be held in London on the 1st and 2nd of June 2016.

The conference aims to bring together key decision makers in the industry to discuss modern methods of port security and provide effective learning experiences for all delegates through the carefully selected expert speaker line up.

Interacting with delegates from across the globe and hearing from industry leading experts will ensure delegates are up-to-date with high priority information that enables you to best secure your seaports, civilians and means of trade.

Topics to be discussed include terrorism, cyber terrorism, emergency intervention procedures, optimising technology use in security checks and case studies featuring some of the largest ports across the world. Our diverse range of topics will allow delegates to learn best practices for port security and understand further how other ports are resolving core challenges.

More info

read more >

Offshore Patrol Vessels Technology 2016

Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are becoming an increasingly important resource for Navies and Coast Guards around the world. As shipbuilding technologies continue to advance the mission scope for a single OPV platform greatly increases. Policing missions such as Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism operations can be supplemented now by survey and Mine Countermeasure operations simply by swapping equipment on board the ship. This is all done with a greatly reduced cost compared to mission-specific platforms or full scale warships which have greater maintenance and operations costs compared to flexible OPVs.

Therefore SMi is proud to announce that it will be launching its inaugural OPV Technology event which will focus on the new potential for OPVs within this proliferation in combat and combat support technology capabilities. The event will be held in London on the 8th-9th June to discuss how individual nations are working to enhance the capabilities of their coastal fleets as well as the prospect for future cooperation and interoperability.

Expert speaker line up for 2016 includes key decision makers from: US Africa Command, UK Border Force, French Navy, NATO, Italian Navy, Royal Norwegian Navy, Finnish Border Guard, TNO, Damen Shipyards, C-SIGMA, IISS and many more.

 

Benefits of Attending:

  • Extremely focused on new technologies available to OPV using nations across Europe and beyond
  • Expert led panel discussions on international cooperation in operations and the future prospect for modular technologies
  • Briefings from leading Navy and Coast Guard officers from around the world
  • Learn about current and future national OPV platforms and how they enhance maritime security
  • Discover how to optimise business potential by working with these countries

 

For more information and to register, please visit www.offshorepatrol.co.uk/navaltoday

read more >

MAST Europe 2016

Long established as the only international conference and exhibition dedicated to senior-level technologists in maritime defence and security…

read more >