HMAS Yarra (DE 45)

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HMAS Yarra (DE 45) underway c1962
Namesake: The Yarra River
Builder: Williamstown Naval Dockyard
Laid down: 9 April 1957
Launched: 30 September 1958
Commissioned: 27 July 1961
Decommissioned: 22 November 1985
Motto: "Hunt and Strike"
Honours and
Fate: Broken up for scrap
Badge: Ship's badge
General characteristics
Class and type: River class destroyer escort
Displacement: 2,750 tons full load
Length: 112.8 m (370 ft)
Beam: 12.49 m (41.0 ft)
Draught: 5.18 m (17.0 ft)
  • 2 × English Electric steam turbines
  • 2 shafts; 30,000 shp total
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 250
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • LW-02 long range air warning radar
  • 1979:
  • Mulloka sonar system
  • SPS-55 surface-search/navigation radar
  • Mark 22 fire control radar
Notes: Taken from:[1]

HMAS Yarra (F07/DE 45), named for the Yarra River, was a River class destroyer escort of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[1] The antisubmarine warship operated from 1961 to 1985.


Yarra was laid down by the Williamstown Naval Dockyard at Melbourne, Victoria on 9 April 1957.[1] An enhanced derivative of the Royal Navy's Type 12 frigate, Yarra was one of four ships constructed to provide an antisubmarine warfare capability for the RAN.[2] She was launched on 30 September 1958 by Lady McBride, wife of the Minister for Defence, and commissioned into the RAN on 27 July 1961.[1]

Operational history[edit]

Yarra operated during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation; during a three-week patrol in June 1965, the ship fired on an Indonesian incursion force near Sabah.[3] The ship's service was later recognised with the battle honour "Malaysia 1964–66".[4][5]

In 1983, Yarra was accompanied by the patrol boats Warrnambool and Ipswich on a deployment to South-East Asia for the multinational Exercise Starfish.[6]

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

Yarra paid off 22 November 1985.[1] She was sold for scrap.


  1. ^ a b c d e HMAS Yarra (III), Royal Australian Navy
  2. ^ Cooper, in Stevens, The Royal Australian Navy, p. 189
  3. ^ Cooper, in Stevens, The Royal Australian Navy, p. 199
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Royal Australian Navy Ship/Unit Battle Honours" (PDF). Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  6. ^ Jones, in Stevens, The Royal Australian Navy, p. 259


  • "HMAS Yarra (III)". Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  • Stevens, David, ed. (2001). The Royal Australian Navy. The Australian Centenary History of Defence (vol III). South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-555542-2. OCLC 50418095.
    • Cooper, Alastair. "The Era of Forward Defence (pp. 181–210)". The Royal Australian Navy.
    • Jones, Peter. "Towards Self Reliance (pp. 211–238)". The Royal Australian Navy.