John Augustine Collins, RAN

Born  7 Jan 1899Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia
Died  3 Sep 1989(90)Rose Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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31 Dec 1912 Cadet
1 Jan 1917 Mid.
1 Sep 1918 S.Lt.
1 Sep 1918 A/S.Lt.
1 Dec 1919 Lt.
1 Dec 1927 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1932 Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Capt.
8 Jan 1947 Rear-Admiral
10 May 1950 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 16 Mar 1955


26 Jul 1940 CB
13 Dec 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1951 KBE

Warship Commands listed for John Augustine Collins, RAN

HMAS Sydney (D 48)Capt.Light cruiser16 Nov 193914 May 1941
HMAS Shropshire (83)Capt.Heavy cruiser7 Apr 19436 May 1944

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Light cruiser HMAS Sydney (D 48)

18 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) and the British destroyer HMS Havock (Cdr. R.E. Courage, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for an anti-shipping raid in the Gulf of Athens. They were to pass through the Kaso Strait around 2000/18 and proceed towards the Gulf of Athens. After the raid they were to pass through the Anti-Kithera Channel as to arrive at Alexandria at 1400/20. (1)


  1. ADM 199/386

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