Maritime sacrifice remembered in historic ceremony

One of the Royal Australian Navy’s most heroic wartime confrontations has been remembered during a solemn ceremony in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. On March 1st, 1942, the cruiser HMAS Perth (I), in company with USS Houston, confronted a large Japanese Naval taskforce in the entrance to the Sunda Strait. Outgunned and outnumbered, Perth courageously engaged the enemy until finally, having run out of ammunition, she was sunk. During the action 353 men were killed or went down with Perth when she sank, 328 crew members survived only to be captured and…

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