HMAS Lismore (J145)

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HMAS Lismore during 1942
HMAS Lismore during 1942
Career (Australia)
Namesake: City of Lismore, New South Wales
Builder: Morts Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney
Laid down: 26 February 1940
Launched: 10 August 1940
Commissioned: 24 January 1941
Decommissioned: 3 July 1946
Honours and
awards:
Battle honours:
Indian Ocean 1941–44
Sicily 1943
Pacific 1945
Okinawa 1945
Fate: Transferred to RNN
Career (Netherlands)
Name: Batjan
Commissioned: 3 July 1946
Decommissioned: 1958
Reclassified: Frigate (1946)
Fate: Removed from service in 1958
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, 1,750 hp
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 85
Armament: 1 × 4-inch gun, 3 × Oerlikons (later 4, later 2), 1 × 2-pounder gun (installed later), Machine guns, Depth charges chutes and throwers

HMAS Lismore (J145/B247/A121), named for the city of Lismore, New South Wales, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes that were constructed during World War II, and one of 20 manned and commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under Admiralty order.[1] During her Australian service, Lismore covered 191,132 nautical miles (353,976 km), and spent the longest period away from Australia of any RAN vessel during World War II: 1,409 days.[1] Serving with the RAN for five years, Lismore later spent twelve years as part of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN), classified as the frigate HNLMS Batjan.[1]

Construction[edit]

Lismore was laid down by Morts Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney on 26 February 1940.[1] She was launched on 10 August 1940 by the wife of Commodore Gerard Muirhead-Gould, the Naval-Officer-in-Charge Sydney, and commissioned on 25 January 1941.[1]

Operational service[edit]

From December 1941 Lismore operated with the British Eastern Fleet. On 17 June 1943, when the British troopship Yoma was sunk off the coast of Libya, Lismore and her sister ship HMAS Gawler were among the ships that rescued 1,477 survivors.[2] In December 1944, Lismore was assigned to the British Pacific Fleet.[1]

The corvette earned four battle honours for her wartime service: "Indian Ocean 1941–44", "Sicily 1943", "Pacific 1945", and "Okinawa 1945".[3][4]

Lismore was paid off from RAN service on 3 July 1946, transferring immediately into the Royal Netherlands Navy, where she was renamed HNLMS Batjan and reclassified as a frigate.[1] She was removed from service in 1958.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "HMAS Lismore". Sea Power Centre Australia. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur (1995–2013). "Yoma". Ships hit by U-boats. Guðmundur Helgason. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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.