If you were thinking that World of Warships is not quite global enough, then be sure to add Perth to your collection, the latest ship to take to the seas, in this online multiplayer experience.
While the ship in game can prove to be a fighter, sometimes it is the history of the ships that is most impressive, check out some quick highlights about the history of the HMAS Perth.
History of HMAS Perth
HMAS Perth was a modified Leander-class cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy. Commissioned as the cruiser Amphion at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard in England on 15 June, 1936, she began life in the service of the British Royal Navy.
Amphion spent two years in South Africa before returning to Portsmouth for a refit, during which she was given a new catapult to accommodate a Supermarine Seagull flying boat. She was subsequently sold to the Australian government and transferred to the Royal Australian Navy as in June 1939. She was then renamed HMAS Perth.
She saw a short period of peacetime service, during which she and her crew visited New York, representing Australia at the August 1939 World’s Fair. She was meant to return to Australia by the year’s end, but escalating tensions resulted in her being deployed on escort and patrol duties in the West Indies and Western Atlantic. There, she guarded oil tankers plying the routes between Trinidad and Venezuela, and intercepted German ships leaving the Caribbean Islands for Germany. By far, these would be the most peaceful months of her service in the Royal Australian Navy.
In January 1941, while docked at Malta, she came under attack from German aircraft, suffering damage that was repaired by the month’s end. Two months later, in late March of 1941, she saw her first major battle at The Battle of Cape Matapan.
In February 1942, HMAS Perth and USS Houston survived the Battle of the Java Sea where the Allies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). They docked at Tanjung Priok on 28 February to resupply, before sailing out that evening after receiving orders to sail with HNLMS Evertsen through Sunda Strait to Tjilatjap.
They had not anticipated any contact with the Imperial Japanese Navy, but by a stroke of unfortunate coincidence, they encountered the Japanese forces in Bantam Bay and came under attack from twelve destroyers and five cruisers of IJN.
However, despite being demoralised by defeat, low on supplies, and severely outnumbered, the crew of HMAS Perth and USS Houston put up a brave fight to the finish. Salvo after salvo of shells and torpedoes put the two cruisers out of action, sending them to the bottom of the Sunda Strait.
Of HMAS Perth’s 681 crew, 353 perished. Most of the 328 survivors were taken captive, and many died in captivity. At the end of World War 2, just 214 personnel were repatriated to Australia.