After a week’s steaming we are now some 1300 miles east of southern Japan. Tomorrow we meet the fleet train & commence a 2 day refuelling period. Opportunity has been taken during passage to carry out several exercises. Most of these have been concerned with the AA [anti-aircraft] armament and in my new job as AADO [Anti-aircraft Duty Officer] I have had to be on the go a lot of the time. The job is however interesting and I feel that I am at least earning my keep.
HMS Barfleur had to return to Manus as trouble developed with her main armament on the third day out.
Last Saturday we oiled 3 destroyers, giving them about 90 tons each. This went off quite well. On the basis of time taken and fuel passed, [HMNZS] Gambia was judged the most efficient at oiling.
Several floating mines have been sighted. I am rather surprised that no action has been taken to sink them.