HMAS Yarra (DE 45)
|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"|
|Fate:||Broken up for scrap|
|Class & 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)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
Yarra was laid down by the Williamstown Naval Dockyard at Melbourne, Victoria on 9 April 1957. 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. 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.
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. The ship's service was later recognised with the battle honour "Malaysia 1964–66".
Decommissioning and fate
Yarra paid off 22 November 1985. She was sold for scrap.
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