HMAS Maitland, a shore based Naval Depot, was was established in Newcastle, New South Wales on 1 August 1940.
In December 1941, HMAS Maitland was in charge of the following two groups:-
Group 77 Minesweepers AMA FY.81 HMAS Bermagui and AMA HMAS Narani
Examination Service carried out by HMAS Adele
HMAS Maitland apparently comprised three components:-
the training ship Tobruk
Newcastle Customs House and
the military establishment on Shepherd's Hill
The military establishment at Shepherd's Hill was used for coastal surveillance and wireless operations and was an important part of our coastal defences. HMAS Maitland worked very closely with Fort Scratchley.
NAA Plan showing location of HMAS
just slightly north west of Fort Scratchley
At about 2.15 am on 8 June 1942, Japanese submarine I-21 under the command of Captain Kanji Matsumura, shelled Newcastle. HMAS Maitland and its attached vessels were involved in responding to this Japanese attack on Newcastle.
HMAS Maitland was decommissioned on 21 September 1946.
Royal Australian Navy A - Z Ships, Aircraft
and Shore Establishments
by J.H. Straczek
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