HMAS Tamworth (J181)

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HMAS Tamworth
HMAS Tamworth
Career (Australia)
Namesake: City of Tamworth, New South Wales
Builder: Walkers Limited in Maryborough, Queensland
Laid down: 25 August 1941
Launched: 14 March 1942
Commissioned: 8 August 1942
Decommissioned: 30 April 1946
Motto: "Strong in Adversity"
Honours and
Battle honours:
Pacific 1942–45
Indian Ocean 1943–44
Fate: Sold to RNN
Career (Netherlands)
Name: Tidore
Commissioned: 30 April 1946
Decommissioned: December 1949
Fate: Sold to TNI-AL
Career (Indonesia)
Name: Pati Unus
Commissioned: December 1949
Decommissioned: 1969
Fate: Disposed of
General characteristics during Admiralty 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
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) at 1,750 hp
Complement: 85
Armament: 1 × 12-pounder gun (later replaced by 1 × 4-inch gun), 3 × Oerlikons (1 later removed), 1 × Bofors (installed later), Machine guns, Depth charges chutes and throwers

HMAS Tamworth (J181/B250/A124), named for the city of Tamworth, New South Wales, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War II and one of 20 built on Admiralty order but manned by personnel of and later commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[1] Tamworth later saw service in the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) and in the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).[1]


Tamworth was laid down by Walkers Limited at Maryborough, Queensland on 25 August 1941.[1] She was launched on 14 March 1942 by Mrs. A. M. Horsburgh, the wife of one of the shipyard's directors, and commissioned on 8 August 1942.[1]

Operational history[edit]

From February 1943 until January 1945, Tamworth was assigned to the British Eastern Fleet.[1] Following this, she was deployed with the British Pacific Fleet.[1] Tamworth returned to Australian operational control on 28 September 1945.[1] Tamworth earned two battle honours for her wartime service, "Pacific 1942–45" and "Indian Ocean 1943–44".[2][3]

After a brief period of service as a training vessel in Australian waters was transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 30 April 1946.[1] In RNN service, the ship operated under the name HNLMS Tidore, and served until December 1949.[1]

Following this, the ship was transferred to the Indonesian Navy, renamed KRI Pati Unus, and served until disposal in 1969.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "HMAS Tamworth". Sea Power Centre Australia. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  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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