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HMAS Kangaroo


HMAS Kangaroo commenced Boom Defence duties in Darwin Harbour on 13 January 1941. On 19 February 1942, the Japanese carried out the first air raid on Darwin.

HMAS Kangaroo was damaged and had one sailor, Norman Richard Moore (S3584), killed during the raid. He was a cook.

HMAS Kangaroo was repaired and returned to duties on 5 June 1942. She continued her Boom Defence duties in Darwin Harbour until 14 March 1944. She made a trip to the Solomons in 1944. She travelled to Timor at the end of the war for the Japanese Surrender Ceremony in September 1945. She stayed in Darwin until late 1945.

She was paid off on 15 January 1946. She moved to Sydney for a refit and was recommissioned again for Naval duties. She served with the 20th Minesweeping Flotilla in New Guinea and the Solomons in 1948. After that she served in Australian and New Guinea waters on miscellaneous duties until 1955.

She was paid off to Reserve in Sydney on 15 December 1955. HMAS Kangaroo was later used as a net layer and as an accommodation ship for base staff. She was sold to Hurley & Dewhurst Pty Ltd of Sydney on 28 August 1967. Her stripped down hull was lying in Homebush Bay, Sydney alongside the derelict tug "Bustler" for many years.



"Wrecks in Darwin Waters"
by Tom Lewis

"For Those in Peril - A comprehensive listing of the Ships and Men of the RAN who have paid the Supreme Sacrifice in the Wars of the 20th Century"
by Vic Cassells

Roll of Honour - Northern Territory Library



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