Perth HMAS Add to My Archive Modify Page Content Ship Details Rig Leander-class Light Cruiser Built 1936 Built In Portsmouth Dockyard Tonnage 6980 Built By Portsmouth D.Y. Demise Action and loss in Sunda Strait, 01/03/1942 VoyagesView Full List Perth HMAS Description HMAS Perth was a modified Leander-class light cruiser operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during the early part of World War II. She was constructed for the Royal Navy, where she was commissioned as HMS Amphion in 1936. After several years on the North America and West Indies Station, the cruiser was transferred to the RAN in 1939 and recommissioned as HMAS Perth. At the start of World War II, Perth was used to patrol Western Atlantic and then Australian waters, before she was sent to the Mediterranean Sea at the end of 1940. There, Perth was involved in the Battle of Greece and the Battle of Crete, and the Syria-Lebanon Campaign before returning to Australian waters in late 1941. In February 1942, Perth survived the Allied defeat at the Battle of the Java Sea, only then to be torpedoed and sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Sunda Strait. Of the 681 sailors aboard, 353 were killed in battle. All but four of the 328 survivors were captured as prisoners of war: 106 died in captivity, and the surviving 218 were returned home to Australia after the war. In late 2013, divers found that the wreck of Perth had been partially stripped by Indonesian marine salvagers.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_Perth_%28D29%29 (accessed on 11/72018) Media Upload Media Sources Reference Extracts, 1940 - 1941, diary of AB Peter Watson in DogWatch No.31, 32 Reference Letter by Lloyd Burgess, of crew, after release from a Japanese POW camp, August 1945 Location Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Melbourne MS 000637 Reference earlier Royal Australian Navy logs, 1936 - 1941 Location Australian Archives, Sydney Reference Account of war service and loss in GH Gill - Australia in War, 1939 - 1945: Royal Australian Navy, Volume 1 Reference Log of Logs, Vol 3 Location South Australian Maritime Museum Author Ian Nicholson Reference Log of Logs, Vol 3 Location South Australian Maritime Museum Author Ian Nicholson Your Stories Your name * E-mail * Post your story * Submit Leave this field blank Share this Page Share this ship with your friends and followers online.