This service honours those who served aboard HMA Ships Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault. During the Second World War, these ships were turned into armed merchant cruisers and infantry landing ships. From late 1943 onwards, they took part in many landings throughout the South West Pacific.
The date of this service marks the anniversary of the first major operation by an Australian landing ship. On 15 December, HMAS Westralia helped land troops at Arawe, New Britain, as part of the US 7th Fleet.
Reviewed 16 January 2023