The Bathurst class minesweeper, (corvette), HMAS CESSNOCK, (A/LCDR Marchington, RNR),was commissioned at Sydney. Lady Gordon, (Wife of a Director of Cockatoo Dockyard), performed the commissioning ceremony. CESSNOCK was laid down in Cockatoo Dockyard, Sydney, and launched on 17 October 1941. HMAS Sirocco (Q21) , a channel patrol boat operated by the Naval Auxiliary Patrol of the RAN was destroyed by fire at Hobart.
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