HMAS Broome (J191)

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HMAS Broome
HMAS Broome
Career (Australia)
Namesake: Town of Broome, Western Australia
Builder: Evans Deakin and Company
Laid down: 3 May 1941
Launched: 6 October 1941
Commissioned: 29 July 1942
Decommissioned: 24 August 1946
Honours and
Battle honours:
Pacific 1942-45
New Guinea 1942-44[1][2]
Fate: Sold to the Turkish Navy
Career (Turkey)
Name: Alanya
Commissioned: 1946
Decommissioned: 1975
General characteristics
Class & type: Bathurst class corvette
Displacement: 650 tons (standard), 1,025 tons (full war load)
Length: 186 ft (57 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draught: 8.5 ft (2.6 m)
Propulsion: triple expansion engine, 2 shafts
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) at 1,750 hp
Complement: 85
Armament: 1 × 4-inch gun, 3 × Oerlikons, Machine guns, Depth charges chutes and throwers

HMAS Broome (J191), named for the town of Broome, Western Australia, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War II and one of 20 built for the Admiralty but manned by personnel of and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[3]

Mrs McKew launching Broome

Broome was laid down by Evans Deakin and Company at Brisbane on 3 May 1941, launched on 6 October 1941 by Mrs. M. J. McKew, wife of the shipyard's works manager, and commissioned on 29 July 1942.[3]

The corvette operated during World War II, and was awarded the battle honours "Pacific 1942-45" and "New Guinea 1942-44" for her service.[1][2]

HMAS Broome paid off on 24 August 1946, was sold to the Turkish Navy and renamed Alanya.[3] The vessel left Turkish service in 1975.[3] The ship's bell was recovered before the sale, and returned to Broome.[3] It was presented to the Broome Road Board in June 1952, who then passed the bell on to Broome State School in November.[3] The bell later ended up at the town's Returned and Services League club.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Navy Marks 109th Birthday With Historic Changes To Battle Honours". Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Royal Australian Navy Ship/Unit Battle Honours". Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "HMAS Broome (I)". HMA Ship Histories. Sea Power Centre - Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 18 December 2008.