List of Bathurst-class corvettes

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Four Australian Bathurst class corvettes alongside a depot ship at Columbo, Ceylon in November 1944

The Bathurst-class corvettes were a ship class of sixty vessels built in Australia during World War II and initially operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the British Admiralty (although the ships were manned by and commissioned into the RAN) and the Royal Indian Navy. Following the conclusion of World War II, many of the ships were sold or transferred to other organisations, and saw service in the Royal Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Indonesian Navy, Turkish Navy, Pakistan Navy and civilian service.

This list is divided into two sections. The first section, Primary service, lists the sixty vessels during their initial period of service, up until their decommissioning. Secondary service lists any vessels which later served in other navies, entered civilian service, or were recommissioned into the RAN for training purposes.

Primary service[edit]

36 of the Bathurst class were constructed for and manned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). All of the four corvettes lost during activities related to World War II are in this group.

20 Bathurst class ships were constructed for the British Admiralty, but were crewed by and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy.

4 Bathurst class corvettes were constructed for the Royal Indian Navy (RIN). On 15 August 1947, India gained independence from the British Empire. After this date, the navy was referred to as the Indian Navy, and the prefix of all ships was changed from HMIS to INS.

Bathurst class corvettes - Primary service
Prefix Name Operator Builder Laid down Launched Commissioned Paid off Fate
HMAS Ararat RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1942-07-06 1943-02-20 1943-06-16 1947-04-11 Sold into private ownership, 1961-01-06
HMAS Armidale RAN Mort's Dock & Engineering Company 1941-09-01 1942-01-24 1942-06-11 - Sunk by 13 Japanese aircraft, 1942-12-01
HMAS Ballarat Admiralty HMA Naval Dockyard 1940-04-19 1940-12-10 1941-08-30 1946-09-27 Sold into private ownership
HMAS Bathurst Admiralty Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1940-02-10 1940-08-01 1940-12-06 1946-09-27 Sold for scrap, 1948-06-21
HMAS Benalla RAN HMA Naval Dockyard 1942-03-24 1942-12-19 1943-04-27 1946-01-28 Sold for scrap, 1958-02-20
HMAS Bendigo Admiralty Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1940-08-12 1941-03-01 1941-05-10 1946-09-27 Sold into private ownership, 1947-05-05
HMIS Bengal RIN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1941-12-03 1942-07-07 1942-08-08 1960 -
HMIS Bombay RIN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1941-07-19 1941-12-06 1942-04-24 1960 Sold for scrap, 1961
HMAS Broome Admiralty Evans Deakin & Company 1941-05-03 1941-08-06 1942-06-29 1946-06-29 Transferred to the Turkish Navy
HMAS Bowen RAN Walkers Limited 1942-02-09 1942-07-28 1942-11-09 1946-01-17 Sold for scrap, 1956-05-18
HMAS Bunbury RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1941-11-01 1942-05-16 1943-01-03 1946-08-26 Sold for scrap, 1961-01-06
HMAS Bundaberg RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1941-06-07 1941-12-01 1942-09-12 1946-03-26 Sold for scrap, 1961-01-06
HMAS Burnie Admiralty Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1940-06-04 1940-08-25 1941-04-15 1946-06-05 Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-06-05
HMAS Cairns Admiralty Walkers Limited 1941-03-31 1941-10-07 1942-03-11 1946-01-17 Transferred to Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-01-17
HMAS Castlemaine RAN HMA Naval Dockyard 1941-01-17 1941-08-07 1942-06-17 1945-12-14 Training hulk at HMAS Cerberus until 1973-09, museum ship since late 1973
HMAS Cessnock Admiralty Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1941-04-16 1941-10-17 1941-01-26 1946-07-12 Sold for scrap, 1947-04-23
HMAS Colac RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1941-04-18 1941-08-30 1942-01-06 1953-01-30 Tank cleaning vessel until 1983-09-30, sunk as a target by HMAS Ovens on 1987-03-04
HMAS Cootamundra RAN Poole & Steel 1942-02-26 1942-12-03 1943-04-30 1959-06-08 Sold for scrap, 1962-03-28
HMAS Cowra RAN Poole & Steel 1942-08-12 1943-05-27 1943-10-08 1953-06-26 Sold for scrap, 1961-01
HMAS Deloraine RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1941-03-19 1941-07-26 1941-11-22 1948-06-30 Sold for scrap, 1956-08-08
HMAS Dubbo RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1941-10-13 1942-03-07 1942-07-31 1947-02-07 Sold for scrap, 1958-02-20
HMAS Echuca RAN HMA Naval Dockyard 1941-02-22 1942-01-17 1942-09-07 1948-06-28 Transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy, 1952-03-05
HMAS Fremantle RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1942-02-11 1942-08-18 1943-03-24 1946-01-25 Recommissioned as training ship, 1952
HMAS Gawler Admiralty Broken Hill Pty Co Ltd 1941-01-24 1941-10-04 1942-08-14 1946-04-05 Transferred to the Turkish Navy, 1946-04-05
HMAS Geelong RAN HMA Naval Dockyard 1940-10-16 1941-04-22 1942-01-16 - Sunk following collision, 1944-10-18
HMAS Geraldton Admiralty Poole & Steel 1940-11-20 1941-08-16 1942-04-06 1946-06-14 Transferred to the Turkish Navy, 1946-06-14
HMAS Gladstone RAN Walkers Limited 1942-08-04 1942-11-26 1943-03-22 1956-07-16 Sold into civilian service, 1956
HMAS Glenelg RAN Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1942-03-02 1942-09-25 1942-11-16 1946-01-14 Sold for scrap, 1957-05-02
HMAS Goulburn Admiralty Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1940-07-10 1940-11-16 1941-02-28 1946-09-27 Sold into civilian service, 1947-10-13
HMAS Gympie RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1941-08-27 1942-01-30 1942-11-04 1946-05-23 Sold for scrap, 1961-01-06
HMAS Horsham RAN HMA Naval Dockyard 1941-06-26 1942-05-16 1942-11-18 1945-12-17 Sold for scrap, 1956-08-08
HMAS Inverell RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1941-12-07 1942-05-02 1942-09-17 1946-06-14 Transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy, 1952-03-05
HMAS Ipswich Admiralty Evans Deakin & Company 1941-03-06 1941-08-11 1942-06-13 1946-07-05 Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-07-05
HMAS Junee RAN Poole & Steel 1943-02-17 1943-11-16 1944-04-11 1946-01-21 Recommissioned as training ship, 1953-02-25
HMAS Kalgoorlie Admiralty Broken Hill Pty Co Ltd 1940-07-27 1941-08-07 1942-04-07 1946-05-08 Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-05-08
HMAS Kapunda RAN Poole & Steel 1941-08-27 1942-06-23 1942-10-21 1946-01-14 Sold for scrap, 1961-01-06
HMAS Katoomba RAN Poole & Steel 1940-09-09 1941-04-16 1941-12-17 1948-08-02 Sold for scrap, 1957-05-02
HMAS Kiama RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1942-11-02 1943-07-03 1944-01-26 1946-04-03 Transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy, 1952-03-05
HMAS Latrobe RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1942-01-27 1942-06-19 1942-11-06 1953-03-13 Sold for scrap, 1956-05-18
HMAS Launceston Admiralty Evans Deakin & Company 1940-12-23 1941-06-30 1942-04-09 1946-03-23 Transferred to the Turkish Navy, 1946
HMAS Lismore Admiralty Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1940-02-26 1940-08-10 1941-01-24 1956-06-03 Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-06-03
HMAS Lithgow RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1940-08-19 1940-12-21 1941-06-14 1948-06-08 Sold for scrap, 1956-10-08
HMAS Maryborough Admiralty Walkers Limited 1940-04-16 1940-08-17 1941-06-12 1945-12 Sold into private ownership, 1947-05-09
HMIS Madras RIN Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1941-08-04 1942-02-17 1942-05-12 1960 -
HMAS Mildura RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1940-09-23 1941-03-15 1941-07-23 1948-05-21 Recommissioned as training ship, 1951
HMAS Pirie Admiralty Broken Hill Pty Co Ltd 1941-05-19 1941-12-03 1942-10-10 1946-04-05 Transferred to the Turkish Navy, 1946-04-05
HMAS Parkes RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1943-03-16 1943-10-30 1944-05-25 1945-12-17 Sold for scrap, 1957-05-02
HMIS Punjab RIN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1941-05-26 1941-10-10 1942-03-20 1949 Transferred to Pakistan during Partition.
HMAS Rockhampton RAN Walkers Limited 1940-11-06 1941-06-26 1942-01-21 1946-08-05 Sold for scrap, 1961-01-06
HMAS Shepparton RAN HMA Naval Dockyard 1941-11-14 1942-08-15 1943-02-01 1946-05-10 Sold for scrap, 1958-02-20
HMAS Stawell RAN HMA Naval Dockyard 1942-06-18 1943-04-03 1943-08-07 1946-03-26 Transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy, 1952-03-05
HMAS Strahan RAN NSW State Dockyard 1942-10-09 1943-07-12 1944-03-14 1946-01-25 Sold for scrap, 1961-01-06
HMAS Tamworth Admiralty Walkers Limited 1941-08-25 1942-03-14 1942-08-08 1946-04-30 Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-04-30
HMAS Townsville RAN Evans Deakin & Company 1940-11-16 1941-05-13 1941-12-19 1946-08-05 Sold for scrap, 1956-08-08
HMAS Toowoomba Admiralty Walkers Limited 1940-08-06 1941-03-26 1941-08-09 1946-06-05 Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-06-05
HMAS Wagga RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1942-03-08 1942-07-25 1942-12-18 1945-11-28 Recommissioned as training ship, 1951-12-12
HMAS Wallaroo RAN Poole & Steel 1941-04-24 1942-02-18 1942-07-15 - Sunk following collision, 1943-06-11
HMAS Warrnambool RAN Morts Dock & Engineering Company 1940-11-13 1941-05-08 1941-09-23 - Sunk by mine, 1947-09-13
HMAS Whyalla Admiralty Broken Hill Pty Co Ltd 1940-06-24 1941-05-12 1942-01-08 1946-05-16 Sold into private ownership, 1947-02-10
HMAS Wollongong Admiralty Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1941-01-29 1941-07-05 1941-10-23 1946-02-11 Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946-02-11

Secondary service[edit]

Bathurst class corvettes - Secondary service
Prefix Name Original name Operator Origin Commissioned/entered service Decommissioned/left service Fate
HMNZS Inverell HMAS Inverell Royal New Zealand Navy Acquired from RAN 1952-03-05 1976-08-19 Sold for scrap, 1977-11-01
Isobel Queen HMAS Maryborough Australian General Trading and Shipping Syndicate Purchased from RAN 9 May 1947 c. 1953 Sold for scrap in 1953
HMAS Mildura HMAS Mildura Royal Australian Naval Reserve Recommissioned as training vessel for National Service trainees 20 February 1951 11 September 1953 Towed to Brisbane for use as immobilised training hulk
Mildura HMAS Mildura Royal Australian Naval Reserve Used as immobilised training hulk 8 December 1954 c. 1965 Sold for scrap on 8 September 1965
HMS Pirie HMAS Pirie Royal Navy Acquired from RAN 5 April 1946 c. 1946 Transferred into the Turkish Navy
TCG Amasra HMAS Pirie Turkish Navy Acquired from Royal Navy c. 1946 26 March 1984 Left service
HMNZS Stawell HMAS Stawell Royal New Zealand Navy Acquired from RAN 5 March 1952 c. late 1950s Sold for scrap in July 1968
HNLMS Tidore HMAS Tamworth Royal Netherlands Navy Acquired from RAN 30 April 1946 c. December 1949 Transferred to the Indonesian Navy
KRI Pati Unus HMAS Tamworth Indonesian Navy Acquired from the Royal Netherlands Navy c. December 1949 c. 1969 Left service
HNLMS Boeroe HMAS Toowoomba Royal Netherlands Navy Acquired from RAN 5 June 1946 c. 1958 Left service
HNLMS Morotai HMAS Ipswich Royal Netherlands Navy Acquired from RAN 5 July 1946 c. 1949 Transferred to the Indonesian Navy
KRI Hang Tuah HMAS Ipswich Indonesian Navy Acquired from the Royal Netherlands Navy c. 1949 28 April 1958[1] Destroyed by mercenaries[1]
HMAS Wagga HMAS Wagga Royal Australian Naval Reserve Recommissioned as training vessel for National Service trainees 12 December 1951 28 October 1960 Sold for scrap in March 1962
Rip HMAS Whyalla Victorian Public Works Department Acquired from RAN 10 February 1947 c. 1984 Sold to Whyalla City Council
HMAS Whyalla HMAS Whyalla Whyalla City Council Victorian Public Works Department c. late 1984 - Museum ship
HMAS Ararat Burns Philp & Co Ltd of Darwin Acquired from RAN 6 January 1961 c. 1961 Sold to Fujita Salvage Company of Japan
HMAS Ararat Fujita Salvage Company of Japan Acquired from Burns Philp & Co Ltd of Darwin c. 1961 Scrapped
Carmencita HMAS Ballarat Ta Hing Company (Hong Kong) Ltd Acquired from RAN December 1950 c. 1953 Sold for scrap
Cheung Hing HMAS Bendigo Ta Hing Company (Hong Kong) Ltd Acquired from RAN 5 May 1947 - Acquired by People's Liberation Army Navy
Loyang HMAS Bendigo People's Liberation Army Navy Acquired from Ta Hing Company (Hong Kong) Ltd - c. 1988 Last record of service
HMNZS Kiama HMAS Kiama Royal New Zealand Navy Acquired from the RAN date unknown 19 August 1976 Disposed of
HNLMS Ceram HMAS Burnie Royal Netherlands Navy Acquired from the RAN 1946-07-05 1958 Left service
HNLMS Ambon HMAS Cairns Royal Netherlands Navy Acquired from the RAN 1946-01-17 1950 Transferred to the Indonesian Navy
KRI Banteng HMAS Cairns Indonesian Navy Acquired from the Royal Netherlands Navy 1950-04-06 c. 1968 Sold for scrap

Citations[edit]

Unless indicated here, all information is taken from each ship's corresponding Ship History page on the Sea Power Centre website.

  1. ^ a b Lew Lind, 1986, The RAN - Historic Naval Events Year by Year, pg 236

References[edit]

  • Various. "Ship Histories (and subpages)". HMA Ship Histories. Sea Power Centre - Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  • Lind, Lew (1986) [1982]. The Royal Australian Navy - Historic Naval Events Year by Year (2nd ed. ed.). Frenchs Forest, NSW: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7301-0071-5. OCLC 16922225.