Title: Action Stations! Tribal Destroyers of the Royal Australian Navy
Author: Nesdale, Iris
Condition: Near Mint
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1989
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 206 pages
Comments: The history of HMAS Warramunga during World War 2.
HMAS Warramunga (D10/I44) was a Tribal class destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Warramunga was laid down by the Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Company Limited at Sydney on 10 February 1940, launched on 7 February 1942 by Mrs. F. M. Forde, wife of the Minister for the Army, and commissioned into the RAN on 23 November 1942.
Warramunga was originally assigned to convoy escort duty between Queensland and New Guinea. She participated in multiple South-West Pacific landings during World War II, and was present in Tokyo Bay on Victory over Japan Day (2 September 1945), when the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed. The destroyer earned five battle honours for her wartime service: “Pacific 1943-45”, “New Guinea 1943-44”, “Leyte Gulf 1944”, “Lingayen Gulf 1945”, and “Borneo 1945”.
During the Korean War, Warramunga operated in support of the United Nations Forces. Serving off the Korean coast from 1950 to 1951, she was commanded by Captain Otto Becher during this time. A sixth battle honour, “Korea 1951-52” was awarded to the destroyer to recognise this deployment.
Warramunga paid off to reserve at Sydney on 7 December 1959, and then was declared for disposal on 22 May 1961 and sold for scrap to Kinoshita and Company Limited of Japan on 15 February 1963.