HMAS Stawell during 1944
|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"|
New Guinea 1943–44
|Fate:||Sold to RNZN|
|Career (New Zealand)|
|Acquired:||5 March 1952|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap in 1968|
|General characteristics during RAN service|
|Class and 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|
|Armament:||1 × 4-inch gun
3 × 20 mm Oerlikons
Depth charges chutes and throwers
HMAS Stawell (J348/M348) was a Bathurst class corvette named for the town of Stawell, Victoria. 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).
The corvette later served in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as HMNZS Stawell.
Stawell was laid down by HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria on 18 June 1942. 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.
The majority of Starwell’s career was spent in three areas. Initially, she served as a convoy escort along the east coast of Australia. Following this, Stawell participated in a variety of escort, minesweeping, and combat roles throughout New Guinea waters. In the final third of her career, the ship spent time in Hong Kong waters, performing minsweeping and anti-piracy duties. Stawell returned to Brisbane in November 1945.
Stawell was removed from RAN service on 26 March 1946. 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).
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