September PERTH left Cockatoo Dock and secured
alongside Garden Island and on 24th Oct Capt. H.M.L. Waller came onboard
PERTH was fitted with a new catapult, an E11A(9), which was first tested on 13th Nov 1941.
(Nat. Arch. File:
MP138/1/0 – 603/269/187 )
PERTH conducted full power trials on the 24th November and camouflage observation tests the next day off Sydney. On the 26th she escorted the liner
MARIPOSA from mid Tasman to Sydney. On 8th December
(EST) war was declared on Japan. PERTH patrolled
the Tasman with CANBERRA and after calling at Brisbane,
both ships sailed for New Caledonia arriving off there on the
18th December. After escorting a convoy to Brisbane both
ships returned to Sydney.
December, PERTH, AUSTRALIA, and CANBERRA escorted
a convoy to Port Moresby, New Guinea, arriving on 3rd January
1942. She then left for Noumea where, after staying a few
days, escorted a convoy bound for Fiji. She left Lautoka
for exercises and arrived back in Sydney on 19th.
She exercised off Sydney with AUSTRALIA, ADELAIDE, and
HMNZS LEANDER before escorting troopships off the NSW coast.
H.M.L Waller DSO and Bar
24-10-41 to 1-3-42
Taken 24th Nov 1941