Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
105 — The Admiralty to the Australian Commonwealth and New Zealand Naval Boards
The Admiralty to the Australian Commonwealth and New Zealand Naval Boards
The Admiralty concur with the proposal outlined in your 1116 of 17 March.3 They regret that the moral effect of the intended visit by HMS Ramillies to New Zealand will now be lost, but it will be realised that the change in plan is inevitable as the Ramillies has neither the speed nor the endurance to accompany the fast group.
It is presumed that the Australian and New Zealand Naval Boards will now arrange mutually for the escort of the New Zealand contingent across the Tasman.
3 Not published. In this telegram to the Admiralty the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board proposed that the Ramillies should remain at Sydney for an extra period to assist her refit before going to Melbourne to escort the slow convoy.
The number quoted in each of these naval telegrams is the time of despatch.