HMAS Dubbo (J251)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMAS Dubbo.
HMAS Dubbo being launched
HMAS Dubbo being launched
Career (Australia)
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"
Honours and
Battle honours:
Pacific 1942–45
Fate: Sold for scrap in 1958
Badge: HMAS dubbo crest.png
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 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).[1]


Dubbo was laid down by Mort's Dock and Engineering Company at Balmain, New South Wales on 13 October 1941.[1] 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.[1]

Operational history[edit]

World War II[edit]

From 1942 until March 1945, Dubbo was assigned to convoy escort anti-submarine duties off the western Australian coast.[1]

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.[1] Dubbo fired her first hostile shots on 25 April 1945, against a Japanese position on Muschu Island.[1] This was the first of several bombardments performed by the ship against Japanese positions during the war.[1] Dubbo was undamaged during all of these, and returned to Brisbane in May 1945.[1]

The corvette received one battle honour for her wartime service: "Pacific 1942–45".[2][3]


In August 1945, Dubbo returned to the Solomon Islands, where she was part of minesweeping operations.[1] She returned for refits in October 1945, and in January 1946 performed minesweeping duties off the Australian coast.[1]

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

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.[1] In June 1958, Dubbo and the repair ship HMAS Platypus left Sydney under tow.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "HMAS Dubbo (I)". HMA Ship Histories. Sea Power Centre – Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "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.