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RAN Torpedo Depot Darwin

A letter from the Secretary, Department of Navy (2001/2/311 of 30 January 1945) to The Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet, states:

"I am directed by the Naval Board to refer to the subject of the supply of torpedoes from Torpedo Depots to submarine flotillas based in Australia.

2. The Torpedo Depots, Fremantle and Darwin, were established for the Admiralty. The Torpedo Depot Sydney is an R.A.N. establishment. A torpedo workshop has also been completed at Brisbane for the Admiralty. This workshop could be enlarged to function as a torpedo depot, in which case the services of a Torpedo Engineer Officer can be provided, but the skilled personnel would need to be obtained from overseas." (NAA MP 1049/5)

Commonwealth Navy Order 107 of 1946

"TORPEDO DEPOT DARWIN CLOSING DOWN.

The Torpedo Depot at Darwin has now closed down.

2. Confidential Commonwealth Navy Order 56 of 1945 is cancelled.

(2001/2/277.)"

No further information is available. It is likely that the depot operated only "for the duration" of some part of World War 2.

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Robert Curran
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