HMAS Dubbo (J251)
HMAS Dubbo being launched
|Builder:||Mort's Dock & Engineering Company|
|Laid down:||13 October 1941|
|Launched:||7 March 1942|
|Commissioned:||31 July 1942|
|Decommissioned:||7 February 1947|
|Motto:||"Fight to the Finish"|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap in 1958|
|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|
|Armament:||1 × 4-inch gun, 3 × Oerlikons, Machine guns, Depth charges chutes and throwers|
HMAS Dubbo (J251/M251), named for the city of Dubbo, New South Wales, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially manned and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Dubbo was laid down by Mort's Dock and Engineering Company at Balmain, New South Wales on 13 October 1941. She was launched on 7 March 1942 by Mrs. E. B. Scrisier, Mayoress of Dubbo, and was commissioned into the RAN on 31 July 1942.
World War II
From 1942 until March 1945, Dubbo was assigned to convoy escort anti-submarine duties off the western Australian coast.
In March 1945, Dubbo sailed to Port Moresby, where she spent the rest of World War II around New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, actively supporting Australian land forces. Dubbo fired her first hostile shots on 25 April 1945, against a Japanese position on Muschu Island. This was the first of several bombardments performed by the ship against Japanese positions during the war. Dubbo was undamaged during all of these, and returned to Brisbane in May 1945.
In August 1945, Dubbo returned to the Solomon Islands, where she was part of minesweeping operations. She returned for refits in October 1945, and in January 1946 performed minesweeping duties off the Australian coast.
Decommissioning and fate
Dubbo was paid off into reserve on 7 February 1957, and was sold for scrap to Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha of Tokyo on 20 February 1958. In June 1958, Dubbo and the repair ship HMAS Platypus left Sydney under tow.
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