HMAS QUIBERON, (destroyer), with HM Ships ARGONAUT, AURORA, SINUS, and QUENTIN, sank the Italian destroyer FOLGORE, and four merchant ships, in a point-blank night attack off Skerki Bank, North Africa.
HMAS KURU, (auxiliary patrol boat), fought off 23 attacks by 44 Japanese aircraft in the Arafura Sea. An estimated 200 bombs fell in close proximity to the 23 metre wooden vessel. Although damaged by near-misses, KURU arrived safely at Darwin on 3 December.
A motorboat from HMAS ARMIDALE, (minesweeper), set out for Darwin to obtain assistance for other survivors on rafts. The boat was sighted by an RAAF reconnaissance aircraft on 5 December, 150 miles north-east of the position where ARMIDALE sank. HMAS KALGOORLIE found the boat next day. The 35 men on the rafts were never recovered.