The lugger HMAS GRIFFIOEN, was commissioned. GRIFFIOEN was acquired on loan from the Royal Netherlands Navy.
The auxiliary patrol vessel HMAS KURU, (LEUT J Joel, RANVR), made contact with the Australian commandos of Sparrow Force, then still fighting in Timor. LEUT Joel met with the units’ officers at Betano Bay on the south coast of Timor, and received a report from them on the situation ashore. Over the next 6 months RAN vessels were to make several runs to Timor, to provide supplies and re-enforcements to the beleaguered force.