HMAS Gull

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Swanston
Builder: J. S. Doig Limited
Fate: Sold to Australia
Career (Australia)
Name: Gull
Acquired: 1961
Commissioned: 19 July 1962
Decommissioned: 7 November 1969
Honours and
awards:
Battle honours:
Malaysia 1964–66
Fate: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class & type: Ton class minesweeper
Displacement: 440 tons
Length: 152 ft (46 m)
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Propulsion: Originally Mirrlees diesel, later Napier Deltic, producing 3,000 shp (2,200 kW) on each of two shafts
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 33
Armament: 1 × Bofors 40 mm gun
1 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
1 × M2 Browning machine gun

HMAS Gull (M 1185) (formerly HMS Swanston) was a Ton class minesweeper that served in the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Construction[edit]

The ship was built by J. S. Doig Limited at Grimsby, England for the RN. The ship was commissioned as HMS Swanston.

Operational history[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Australia[edit]

The minesweeper was sold to the RAN in 1961, and was recommissioned as HMAS Gull on 19 July 1962.

During the mid-1960s, Gull was one of several ships operating in support of the Malaysian government during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation. This service was later recognised with the battle honour "Malaysia 1964–66".[1][2]

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

HMAS Gull paid off on 7 November 1969.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ "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.