USNS Mercy sits at anchorage in Simpson Harbor
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Township||Rabaul, Papua New Guinea|
|Named for||Cortland Simpson|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
Simpson Harbour is a sheltered harbour of Blanche Bay, on the Gazelle Peninsula in the extreme north of New Britain. The harbour is named after Captain Cortland Simpson, who surveyed the bay while in command of HMS Blanche in 1872. The former capital city of Rabaul is on its shores.
The harbour is part of a huge flooded caldera, Rabaul caldera. The harbour is ringed by a number of volcanoes.
The surrender of the Japanese forces of New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon Islands took place on 6 September 1945 in a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Glory. Representing the Japanese were General Hitoshi Imamura, Commander Eighth Area Army, and Admiral Jinichi Kusaka, Commander Southeast Area Fleet.
- Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
- Bombing of Rabaul (1942)
- Bombing of Rabaul (November 1943)
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