About This Unit
HMAS Torrens (the base )- 1940-1964 Port Adelaide
When World War II began the depot was officially commissioned as HMAS “Cerberus IV” on 13th September, 1939. On 1st August, 1940 the depot was recommissioned as HMAS “Torrens”.
On 12th August, 1941 two sailors from “Torrens” were killed detonating a mine on the shore at Beachport, between Robe and Mt. Gambier. It is believed these were the first naval personnel of WWII killed on Australian soil as a result of enemy action. After the war, “Torrens” returned to its peacetime roles of providing a naval presence in South Australia, assisting visiting ships and reserve training. On 1st March, 1965 the depot underwent another name change and was recommissioned as HMAS “Encounter”.
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