The ‘Sydney’–‘Emden’ Engagement and the Story of Stoker Stan Newton, RAN
While at anchor in Colombo Harbour on 14 November 1914, HMAS Sydney’s captain, Captain John Glossop RN, met with Banjo Paterson in his capacity as representative for the Australian press. As did all Australia, Paterson awaited Glossop’s account of his recent and overwhelming victory over the German raider SMS Emden with great anticipation.

On this day

On this day
3 June

1942 — Battle of MIDWAY began. This decisive victory by the US Navy over the Japanese Navy shifted the balance of sea power in the Pacific and forced Japan to abandon plans to attack New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa. Japanese losses were 4 aircraft carriers, 1 cruiser, 248 aircraft, and over 3,000 sailors.  American losses were 1 aircraft carrier, 1 destroyer, 150 aircraft, and 307 men

1944 — 78 Squadron, RAAF, carried out the last major air combat by the RAAF in WW2, off BIAK Island, New Guinea. 10 enemy planes were shot down for the loss of one Australian plane and pilot

1969 — HMAS MELBOURNE collided with USS FRANK E EVANS in the South China Sea.  EVANS was cut in half and 74 of her crew were killed