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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USS Coronado visits Jakarta, lays wreath on USS Houston in Sunda Strait

USS Coronado (LCS 4) made a goodwill visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 14-16 to engage with civic leaders, the diplomatic community, and counterparts from the Indonesian Navy. During the visit to Jakarta the crew hosted a shipboard reception attended by U.S. Ambassador Joseph Donovan and senior members of the Indonesian government and military. The port visit also provided an opportunity after departing for the crew of Coronado to lay a wreath in remembrance to the fallen Sailors of the former USS Houston (CA 30) who perished in the World War…

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US Navy Completes Review of Initial Survey Data from World War II Cruiser Wreck Site

February 13, 2017 – The Naval History and Heritage Command has completed a review of initial data acquired from a multi-beam sonar survey of the wreck of World War II cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), Navy officials announced Feb. 13. In December, the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and the National Research Centre of Archaeology Indonesia/Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS) conducted a remote-sensing survey of the wreck sites of Royal Australian navy light cruiser HMAS Perth (D29) and Houston. Both ships were lost in battle during World War II at Sunda…

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