HMAS Stawell

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HMAS Stawell during 1944
HMAS Stawell during 1944
Career (Australia)
Namesake: Town of Stawell, Victoria
Builder: HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria
Laid down: 18 June 1942
Launched: 3 April 1943
Commissioned: 7 August 1943
Decommissioned: 26 March 1946
Motto: "Without Fear or Favour"
Honours and
awards:
Battle honours:
Pacific 1943–45
New Guinea 1943–44
Borneo 1945
Fate: Sold to RNZN
Career (New Zealand)
Acquired: 5 March 1952
Decommissioned: Late 1950s
Fate: Sold for scrap in 1968
General characteristics during RAN service
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 × 20 mm Oerlikons
Machine guns
Depth charges chutes and throwers

HMAS Stawell (J348/M348) was a Bathurst class corvette named for the town of Stawell, Victoria.[1] Sixty Bathurst class corvettes were constructed during World War II, and Stawell was one of 36 initially manned and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[1]

The corvette later served in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as HMNZS Stawell.

Construction[edit]

Stawell was laid down by HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria on 18 June 1942.[1] She was launched on 3 April 1943 by Mrs. J. J. Dedman, wife of the Minister for War Organisation, and commissioned into the RAN on 7 August 1943.[1]

Operational history[edit]

RAN[edit]

The majority of Starwell’s career was spent in three areas. Initially, she served as a convoy escort along the east coast of Australia.[1] Following this, Stawell participated in a variety of escort, minesweeping, and combat roles throughout New Guinea waters.[1] In the final third of her career, the ship spent time in Hong Kong waters, performing minsweeping and anti-piracy duties.[1] Stawell returned to Brisbane in November 1945.[1]

The corvette received three battle honours for her wartime service: "Pacific 1943–45", "New Guinea 1943–44", and "Borneo 1945".[2][3]

RNZN[edit]

Stawell was removed from RAN service on 26 March 1946.[1] On 5 March 1952, Stawell and three other Bathurst class corvettes (HMA Ships Echuca, Inverell, and Kiama) were transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).[4]

She was commissioned into the RNZN,[when?] given the prefix HMNZS, and remained in service until the late 1950s, when she was placed into reserve.[1]

Fate[edit]

Stawell was sold to Pacific Scrap Limited of Auckland, New Zealand in July 1968, and was broken up for scrap.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "HMAS Stawell (I)". HMA Ship Histories. Sea Power Centre – Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 27 August 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. 
  4. ^ "HMAS Inverell (I)". HMA Ship Histories. Sea Power Centre – Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 27 August 2008.