HMAS Sydney

The light cruiser HMAS Sydney
The light cruiser HMAS Sydney, commissioned on 2 August 1936 (Navy Photographic Unit, Sydney)

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy with an impressive record of war service, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia’s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued.  

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