HMAS Geraldton (J178)

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HMAS Geraldton
Career (Australia)
Namesake: City of Geraldton, Western Australia
Builder: Poole & Steel
Laid down: 20 November 1940
Launched: 16 August 1941
Commissioned: 6 April 1942
Decommissioned: 14 June 1946
Motto: "Fortune to the Brave"
Honours and
Battle honours:
Pacific 1942
Indian Ocean 1942–45
Sicily 1943
Badge: HMAS geraldton crest.png
Career (Turkey)
Name: Antalya
Acquired: 14 June 1946
Commissioned: 24 August 1946
Decommissioned: 1975
Renamed: TCG Ayvalik (1946)
Fate: Removed from service
General characteristics
Class and 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, 2,000 hp
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) at 1,750 hp
Complement: 85
Armament: 1 × 12-pounder gun (replaced by 1 × 4-inch gun)
1 × 40 mm Bofors (installed later)
3 × 20 mm Oerlikons (later 6, then 4)
Machine guns
Depth charge chutes and throwers

HMAS Geraldton (J178/B242/A116), named for the city of Geraldton, 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).[1]


Geraldton was laid down by Poole & Steel at Balmain, New South Wales on 20 November 1940.[1] She was launched on 16 August 1941 by the wife of William McKell, then Premier of New South Wales, and was commissioned into the RAN on 6 April 1942.[1]

Operational history[edit]

RAN service[edit]

After entering active service, Geraldton spent a bried period acting as an anti-submarine patrol ship off the east coast of Australia, before being assigned to the British Eastern Fleet in July 1942.[1] Arriving in Colombo during August, Geraldton was the third Bathurst class corvette to join the Eastern Fleet.[1] From August 1942 to April 1943, Geraldton escorted convoys between Colombo and the Persian Gulf.[1]

In May 1943, Gerldton was assigned to the 22nd Minesweeping Flotilla and deployed to the Mediterranean.[1] During this deployment, she served as a convoy escort, was involved in the Allied invasion of Sicily during July, and entered the Atlantic Ocean in August to meet a Mediterranean-bound convoy.[1] The corvette returned to cross-Indian convoy duties in October, and contintued this duty until she was assigned to the British Pacific Fleet in January 1945 and returned to Australian waters.[1] Before joining the Pacific Fleet, Geraldton underwent an armament reconfiguration in Melbourne during February, then a general two-month refit in Fremantle from March until May.[1]

After refits, Geraldton was assigned to the east coast of Australia for four months, before moving north and serving as an escort for the Pacific Fleet's Fleet Train until the end of World War II.[1] After the end of the war, the corvette was deployed to Hong Kong, where she was present for the surrender ceremony on 16 September.[1] While in Hong Kong, Geraldton supported the recovery and transfer of prisoners-of-war and performed anti-piracy duties.[1] The corvette returned to Australia at the end of 1945, and spent the first part of 1946 operating from Fremantle, before the corvette was ordered to Colombo.[1]

The corvette's wartime service was recognised with three battle honours: "Pacific 1942", "Indian Ocean 1942–45", and "Sicily 1943".[2][3]

Turkish Navy service[edit]

After the end of World War II, Geraldton was marked for transfer to the Turkish Navy.[1] After arriving in Colombo in late May, Geraldton was decommissioned on 14 June 1946.[1] She was commissioned into the Turkish Navy as TCG Antalya on 24 August 1946.[1]

Following the decommissioning of sister ship TCG Ayvalik (formerly HMAS Gawler, Antalya was renamed Ayvalik.[1] The corvette left service in 1975.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "HMAS Geraldton (I)". HMA Ship Histories. Sea Power Centre – Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 24 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.