HMAS Parkes

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HMAS Parkes
HMAS Parkes
Career (Australia)
Namesake: Town of Parkes, New South Wales
Builder: Evans Deakin & Co in Brisbane
Laid down: 16 March 1943
Launched: 30 October 1943
Commissioned: 25 May 1944
Decommissioned: 17 December 1945
Motto: "Equals with Equals"
Honours and
Battle honours:
Pacific 1944
New Guinea 1944
Fate: Sold for scrap in 1957
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, 2,000 horsepower
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 Parkes (J361), named for the town of Parkes, New South Wales, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed in Australia during World War II, and one of 36 initilally manned and commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[1]


Parkes was laid down by Evans Deakins and Company at Brisbaneon 16 March 1943.[1] She was launched on 30 October 1943 by Mrs Brown, wife of the President of the Senate, and commissioned into the RAN on 25 May 1944.[1]

The ship was originally to be named HMAS Mudgee, for the town of Mudgee, New South Wales.[2]

Operational history[edit]

The corvette earned two battle honours for her wartimes service: "Pacific 1944" and "New Guinea 1944".[3][4]


Parkes paid off to reserve on 17 December 1945 in Fremantle, Western Australia.[1] The vessel was sold for scrap to Hong Kong Rolling Mills Ltd on 2 May 1957.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "HMAS Parkes (I)". Sea Power Centre Australia. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Straczek, Joe (Winter 2003). "What's in a name: a chronological list - part 2". Australian Sea Heritage (Australian Heritage Fleet) (75): 13. ISSN 0813-0523. 
  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.