DISPOSITION OF ALLIED NAVAL FORCES IN THE EASTERN THEATRE

8TH DECEMBER 1941

By Bruce Swain from Australia

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British Forces

Eastern Fleet

Admiral Sir Tom Phillips

  Singapore Hong Kong Shanghai

Battleship

Prince of Wales

 

 

Battlecruiser

Repulse

 

 

Light Cruisers

Danae, Dragon, Durban

 

 

Destroyers

Electra, Express, Tenedos, Vampire (RAN)

Scout*, Thanet*

 

Gunboats

Dragonfly**, Grasshopper**, Scorpion**

Tern**, Cicada**, Robin**

Petrel**

Armed Merchant Cruisers

Manoora, Kanimbla***

 

 
       
Refitting or under repair      
Destroyers Encounter, Jupiter, Stronghold, Vendetta Thracian**  
Gunboats   Mot**  
Submarines Rover    
 

* Sailed for Singapore 8 December

** Local Defence

*** Arrived Singapore 10 December

**** At Singapore

 

 
East Indies Squadron (Based @ Ceylon)

Vice Admiral G.S. Arbuthnot

Battleship Revenge    
Heavy Cruiser Exete    
Armed Merchant Cruiser Corfu, Ranchi    

 

 

 

 

Refitting

 

 

 
Aircraft Carrier Hermes    
Cruisers Mauritius, Enterpise    
       

DUTCH FORCES

Vice Admiral C.E.L. Helfrich

Light Cruisers DeRuyter*, Java, Tromp * Rear Admiral Karel Doorman  
Destroyers Banckert, Evertsen, Kortnaer, Piet Hein, Van Ghent, Van Nes, Witte de With    
Submarines 14    
 
Out of Commission      
Light Cruiser Sumatra    
Submarines 2    
       
ABDA NAVAL FORCES

15 January 1942

Admiral Thomas Hart, USN

Heavy Cruisers HMS Exeter, USS Houston    
Light Cruisers HMS Dragon, HMS Danae, HMS Durban, HMS Dauntless, HMAS Hobart, HMAS Perth*, USS Boise, USS Marblehead, HNMS De Ruyter*, HNMS Java*, HNMS Tromp    
Destroyers HMS Electra*, HMS Encounter*, HMS Express, HMS Jupiter*, HMS Scout, HMS Stronghold*, HMS Tenedos*, HMS Thanet*, USS Alden, USS Barker, USS Bulmer, USS Edsall*, USS John D. Edwards, USS John D. Ford, USS Parrott, USS Paul Jones, USS Peary*, USS Pillsbury*, USS Pope*, USS Stewart*, USS Whipple, HNMS Banckert*, HNMS Evertsen*, HNMS Kortanaer*, HNMS Piet Hein*, HNMS Van Ghent*, HNMS Van Nes*, HNMS Witte de With*
 
   
Submarines 25 American, HNMS/M K.VII*, HNMS/M K.VIII, HNMS/M K.IX, HNMS/M K.X, HNMS/M K.XI, HNMS/M K.XII, HNMS/M K.XIII, HNMS/M K.XIV, HNMS/M K.XV, HNMS/M K.XVI, HNMS/M K.XVII*, HNMS/M K.XVIII, HNMS/M O.XVI*, HNMS/M O.XVII*, HNMS/M O.XIX, HNMS/M O.XX*