The formal surrender of Japan was signed on the USS MISSOURI, (battleship), in Tokyo Bay. The RAN was represented by CDRE J. A. Collins, CB, and HMA Ships SHROPSHIRE, HOBART, WARRAMUNGA, NAPIER, NIZAM, BATAAN, IPSWICH, CESSNOCK, and BALLARAT.
HMAS VENDETTA, (destroyer), became the first Allied warship to enter Rabaul Harbour since the surrender in 1942.
RAN losses in WWII were:- 3 cruisers, 4 destroyers, 2 sloops, 3 minesweepers, and 22 miscellaneous vessels. Personnel losses in action were:-191 officers and 1832 ratings. Losses from other causes were:- 28 officers and 119 ratings.HMAS WARRNAMBOOL was lost while minesweeping off the Queensland coast, in 1947, but was included in the war losses because cessation of hostilities had not been proclaimed.