HMAS WATERHEN, (destroyer), was heavily damaged in a bombing attack by German aircraft, east of Tobruk. HMS DEFENDER, in going along side to pass a tow to WATERHEN, narrowly averted a collision with a surfaced German submarine. WATERHEN later rolled over and sank while under tow.
HMAS LAUNCESTON, (minesweeper), was launched at Evans Deakin Yard, Brisbane. The ship was transferred to the Turkish Navy in 1946, and renamed AYANCIK.