HMAS Mildura

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For the British warship of the same name, see HMS Mildura (1889).
HMAS Mildura
HMAS Mildura
Career (Australia)
Namesake: City of Mildura, Victoria
Builder: Morts Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney
Laid down: 23 September 1940
Launched: 15 March 1941
Commissioned: 23 July 1941
Decommissioned: 21 May 1948
Recommissioned: 20 February 1951
Decommissioned: 11 September 1953
Reclassified: Training ship (1951–1953)
Immobilised training hulk (1954–1965)
Motto: "Look Ahead"
Honours and
awards:
Battle honours:
Pacific 1941–45
New Guinea 1943–44
Fate: Sold for scrap in 1965
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 HA gun, 3 × Oerlikons (later 2), 1 × Bofors (installed later), Machine guns, Depth charges chutes and throwers

HMAS Mildura (J207/M207), named for the city of Mildura, Victoria, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially manned and commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[1]

Construction[edit]

Mildura was laid down by Morts Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney on 23 September 1940.[1] She was launched on 15 March 1941 by Mrs J. Durnford, the wife of the Second Naval Member, and commissioned on 23 July 1941.[1]

Operational history[edit]

In August 1945, the ship was the first Allied vessel to enter Hong Kong.[citation needed] She swept for mines that allowed the Allied fleet to safely enter for the official Japanese surrender.[citation needed]

The corvette received two battle honours for her wartime service: "Pacific 1941–45" and "New Guinea 1943–44".[2][3]

Mildura was paid off to reserve at Fremantle, Western Australia on 21 May 1948 but was recommissioned on 20 February 1951 for use as a training ship for National Service trainees.[1] Mildura paid off again at Melbourne on 11 September 1953, arrived at Brisbane under tow on 8 December 1954 where she served as an immobilised reserve training ship.[1]

Fate[edit]

Mildura was sold for scrap to Brisbane Non-Ferrous on 8 September 1965.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "HMAS Mildura". Sea Power Centre Australia. Retrieved 15 September 2008. [dead link]
  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. 

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