Ships of Commonwealth
Several of the various nation-states that comprise the Commonwealth deploy their own military forces. Collectively, they are represented in World of Warships under a single flag, but each navy has its own history and traditions.
The RAN served on the frontlines of World War I, supporting Australian landings in the invasion of the German New Guinea colonies and attacking the Ottomans Navy in the Sea of Marmora during the Gallipoli Campaign. HMAS Sydney faced off alone against SMS Emden in the middle of the Indian Ocean and won, scoring the first victory of the RAN, and later HMAS Australia fought at the Battle of Jutland. After the war, the RAN like many other navies was subject to the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, losing their only battlecruiser, but gaining several pre-WW1 submarines and destroyers.
During the inter-war period, older ships were sold for scrap while newer heavy cruisers, light cruisers, submarines, destroyers, and a seaplane carrier found their way into the RAN. Hampered by the inter-war disarmament policies due to the shifting economic and political situations, the RAN rose once again to fight in World War II. During 1940, the RAN distinguished itself in the Mediterranean with the famous destroyers of the ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’, later returning to defend Australia itself when war broke out in the Pacific and enemy ships prowled Australian waters, fighting against the encroaching Empire of Japan as close to home as the Coral Sea.
Since the end of the Second World War, the Royal Australian Navy has served in operations from the Korean Theatre to East Timor, focusing on protecting Australia’s interests in the South-West Pacific region and peacekeeping around the globe with a 50-strong fleet of modern destroyers, frigates, submarines, and auxiliaries.