|Namesake:||Town of Strahan, Tasmania|
|Builder:||NSW State Dockyard at Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Laid down:||9 October 1942|
|Launched:||12 July 1943|
|Commissioned:||14 March 1944|
|Decommissioned:||25 January 1946|
|Motto:||"With Fair Winds"|
New Guinea 1944
|Fate:||Sold for scrap in 1961, broken up in 1963|
|Class & type:||Bathurst class corvette|
|Length:||186 ft 2 in (56.74 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Draught:||8.5 ft (2.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||triple expansion engine, 2 shafts, 2,000 horsepower|
|Speed:||15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)|
|Armament:||1 × 4-inch gun
2 × 20 mm Oerlikons
1 × 40 mm Bofors
Depth charges chutes and throwers
HMAS Strahan (J363/M363), named for the town of Strahan, Tasmania, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially manned and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Strahan was laid down by the NSW State Dockyard at Newcastle, New South Wales on 9 October 1942. She was launched on 12 July 1943 by Mrs. J. J. Cahill, wife of the Minister for Public Works and Local Government, and commissioned into the RAN on 14 March 1944.
Strahan began her career in May 1944, arriving in New Guinea after completing trials to serve as an escort and anti-submarine vessel. In October 1944, Strahan was present in Morotai Harbour when the recently captured island was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The corvette was attacked by a dive-bomber, but was able to drive off the Japanese plane before she was damaged. The aircraft was then destroyed by an American Bofors shore installation, but there claims that Strahan's 4-inch gun had seriously damaged the aircraft, and that it was in an uncontrollable dive when the Bofors blew it up.
In May 1945, Strahan travelled to Adelaide via Sydney, where she underwent a refit. Following this, she was immediated deployed back in New Guinea, and in June 1945 fired upon Japanese gun emplacements on Kairiru Island. In August, the corvette sank a Japanese supply craft off Tarakan, and captured three survivors.
Following the end of World War II, Strahan was assigned to the 21st Minesweeping Flotilla in Hong Kong, and performed in minesweeping and anti-piracy patrols. On 26 September, an acoustic mine detonated under Strahan's stern while the corvette was pursuing Chinese pirates. Her rudder was damaged, and she had to be towed into Hong Kong Harbour by sister ship Wagga. She was repaired, and returned to Australia. In November, Strahan visited her namesake town. During the visit, a leading seaman drowned; the only casualty in the ship's life. Strahan was decommissioned into reserve in Sydney on 25 January 1946, having sailed almost 60,000 nautical miles (110,000 km; 69,000 mi) in her two-year career.
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