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  Gympie 1946

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate Modification
Ararat (RAN) K34, 1948- M34   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 7.1942 20.2.1943 6.1943 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Armidale (RAN) J240   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 9.1941 24.1.1942 6.1942 sunk 1.12.1942 Australian-built
Ballarat (RAN) J184   Williamstown DYd, Australia 4.1940 10.12.1940 8.1941 sold 7.1947 Australian-built
Bathurst (RAN) J158 146 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 2.1940 1.8.1940 12.1940 sold 6.1948 Australian-built
Benalla (RAN) J323, 1948- M323   Williamstown DYd, Australia 3.1942 19.12.1942 4.1943 sold 2.1958 Australian-built
Bendigo (RAN) J187 150 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 8.1940 1.3.1941 5.1941 sold 5.1947, later purchased by China (洛阳 [Loyang]) Australian-built
Bengal (RIM) J243 156 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 12.1941 28.5.1942 8.1942 sold 1967 Australian-built
Bombay (RIM) J249   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 7.1941 6.12.1941 4.1942 sold 1962 Australian-built
Bowen (RAN) J285, 1948- M285   Walkers, Maryborough, Australia 2.1942 11.7.1942 11.1942 sold 5.1956 Australian-built
Broome (RAN) J191   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 5.1941 6.10.1941 7.1942 to Turkey 8.1946 (Alanya) Australian-built
Bunbury (RAN) J241, 1948- M241   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 11.1941 16.5.1942 1.1943 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Bundaberg (RAN) J231, 1948- M231   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 6.1941 1.12.1941 9.1942 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Burnie (RAN) J198   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 6.1940 25.10.1940 4.1941 to Netherlands 7.1946 (Ceram) Australian-built
Cairns (RAN) J183   Walkers, Maryborough, Australia 3.1941 5.7.1941 5.1942 to Netherlands 1.1946 (Ambon) Australian-built
Castlemaine (ex-Castle Harbour) (RAN) J244, 1948- M244   Williamstown DYd, Australia 2.1941 7.8.1941 7.1942 hulk 1956, preserved 1974 Australian-built
Cessnock (RAN) J175 153 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 4.1941 17.10.1941 1.1942 sold 4.1947 Australian-built
Colac (RAN) J242, 1948- M05   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 4.1941 30.8.1941 1.1942 tank cleaning vessel 1962 Australian-built
Cootamundra (RAN) J316, 1948- M186   Poole & Steel, Sydney, Australia 2.1942 3.12.1942 4.1943 sold 9.1961 Australian-built
Cowra (RAN) J351, 1948- M351   Poole & Steel, Sydney, Australia 8.1942 27.5.1943 10.1943 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Deloraine (RAN) J232, 1948- M252   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 3.1941 26.7.1941 11.1941 sold 8.1956 Australian-built
Dubbo (RAN) J251, 1948- M251   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 10.1941 7.3.1942 7.1942 sold 2.1958 Australian-built
Echuca (RAN) J252, 1948- M252   Williamstown DYd, Australia 2.1941 17.1.1942 9.1942 to New Zealand 6.1952 (Echuca) Australian-built
Fremantle (RAN) J246, 1948- M246   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 2.1942 18.8.1942 3.1943 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Gawler (ex-Gambier) (RAN) J188   Broken Hill, Whyalla, Australia 1.1941 4.10.1941 8.1942 to Turkey 8.1946 (Ayvalık) Australian-built
Geelong (RAN) J201   Williamstown DYd, Australia 10.1940 22.4.1941 1.1942 collision 18.10.1944 Australian-built
Geraldton (RAN) J178   Poole & Steel, Sydney, Australia 3.1941 16.8.1941 4.1942 to Turkey 8.1946 (Antalya) Australian-built
Gladstone (RAN) J324, 1948- M324   Walkers, Maryborough, Australia 8.1942 26.11.1942 3.1943 sold 6.1956 Australian-built
Glenelg (RAN) J236, 1948- M236 157 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 3.1942 25.9.1942 11.1942 sold 5.1957 Australian-built
Goulburn (RAN) J167   Cockatoo DYd, Australia 7.1940 16.11.1940 2.1941 sold 10.1947 Australian-built
Gympie (RAN) J238, 1948- M238   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 8.1941 30.1.1942 11.1942 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Horsham (RAN) J235, 1948- M235   Williamstown DYd, Australia 6.1941 23.5.1942 11.1942 sold 8.1956 Australian-built
Inverell (RAN) J233, 1948- M233   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 12.1941 2.5.1942 9.1942 to New Zealand 4.1952 (Inverell) Australian-built
Ipswich (RAN) J186   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 3.1941 11.8.1941 6.1942 to Netherlands 7.1946 (Morotai) Australian-built
Junee (RAN) J362, 1948- M362   Poole & Steel, Sydney, Australia 2.1943 16.11.1943 4.1944 sold 6.1958 Australian-built
Kalgoorlie (RAN) J192   Broken Hill, Whyalla, Australia 7.1940 7.8.1941 4.1942 to Netherlands 8.1946 (Ternate) Australian-built
Kapunda (RAN) J218, 1948- M218   Poole & Steel, Sydney, Australia 8.1941 23.6.1942 10.1942 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Katoomba (RAN) J204   Poole & Steel, Sydney, Australia 9.1940 16.4.1941 12.1941 sold 5.1957 Australian-built
Kiama (RAN) J353, 1948- M353   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 11.1942 9.7.1943 1.1944 to New Zealand 5.1952 (Kiama) Australian-built
Latrobe (RAN) J234, 1948- M234   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 1.1942 19.6.1942 11.1942 sold 5.1956 Australian-built
Launceston (RAN) J179   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 12.1940 30.6.1941 4.1942 to Turkey 8.1946 (Hamit Nacı) Australian-built
Lismore (RAN) J145   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 3.1940 10.8.1940 1.1941 to Netherlands 7.1946 (Batjan) Australian-built
Lithgow (RAN) J206, 1948- M206   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 8.1940 21.12.1940 6.1941 sold 8.1956 Australian-built
Madras (RIM) J237 155 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 8.1941 17.2.1942 5.1942 sold 1962 Australian-built
Maryborough (RAN) J195   Walkers, Maryborough, Australia 4.1940 17.10.1940 6.1941 sold 5.1947 Australian-built
Mildura (RAN) J207, 1948- M207   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 9.1940 14.3.1941 7.1941 sold 9.1965 Australian-built
Parkes (RAN) J361, 1948- M361   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 3.1943 30.10.1943 5.1944 sold 5.1957 Australian-built
Pirie (RAN) J189   Broken Hill, Whyalla, Australia 5.1941 3.12.1941 10.1942 to Turkey 8.1946 (Amasra) Australian-built
Punjab (RIM) J239   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 5.1941 10.10.1941 3.1942 sold 1949 Australian-built
Rockhampton (RAN) J203, 1948- M203   Walkers, Maryborough, Australia 11.1940 26.6.1941 2.1942 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Shepparton (RAN) J248, 1948- M246   Williamstown DYd, Australia 11.1941 15.8.1942 2.1943 sold 2.1958 Australian-built
Stawell (RAN) J348, 1948- M348   Williamstown DYd, Australia 6.1942 3.4.1943 8.1943 to New Zealand 5.1952 (Stawell) Australian-built
Strahan (RAN) J363, 1948- M363   Newcastle DYd, Australia 11.1942 12.7.1943 3.1944 sold 1.1961 Australian-built
Tamworth (RAN) J181   Walkers, Maryborough, Australia 8.1941 14.3.1942 8.1942 to Netherlands 4.1946 (Tamworth) Australian-built
Toowoomba (RAN) J157   Walkers, Maryborough, Australia 8.1940 26.3.1941 10.1941 to Netherlands 7.1946 (Boeroe) Australian-built
Townsville (RAN) J205, 1948- M205   Evans Deakin, Brisbane, Australia 11.1940 13.5.1941 12.1941 sold 8.1956 Australian-built
Wagga (RAN) J315, 1948- M183   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 3.1942 25.7.1942 12.1942 sold 3.1962 Australian-built
Wallaroo (RAN) J222   Poole & Steel, Sydney, Australia 4.1941 18.2.1942 7.1942 collision 20.6.1943 Australian-built
Warrnambool (RAN) J202   Morts Dock, Sydney, Australia 11.1940 8.5.1941 9.1941 sunk 13.9.1947 Australian-built
Whyalla (ex-Glenelg) (RAN) J153   Broken Hill, Whyalla, Australia 7.1940 12.5.1941 1.1942 sold 5.1947 Australian-built
Wollongong (RAN) J172 152 Cockatoo DYd, Australia 1.1941 5.7.1941 10.1941 to Netherlands 2.1946 (Banda) Australian-built
Assam (RIM)     Garden Reach, Ranchi, India   --- --- cancelled Indian-built
Gondwhana (RIM)     Garden Reach, Ranchi, India   --- --- cancelled Indian-built
Sind (RIM)     Garden Reach, Ranchi, India   --- --- cancelled Indian-built


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

650

Displacement full, t

790

Length, m

56.7

Breadth, m

9.50

Draught, m

3.00 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

1550 - 2000

Max speed, kts

15 - 16

Fuel, t

oil 124 - 153

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/45 BL Mk IX or 1 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk XIX, (1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII or 1 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk I/III, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV) or 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (12 - 40 or up to 82 in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

earlier Australian-built and Indian-built: 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, (1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII or 1 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk I/III, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV) or 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (12 - 40 or up to 82 in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

later Australian-built: 1 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, (1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII or 1 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk I/III, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV) or 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (12 - 40 or up to 82 in ASW role), mechanical minesweeping gear

Electronic equipment

completed 1940-1943: type 128 sonar

completed 1943-1944: type 271, SC radars, type 128 sonar

Complement

80 - 90



Standard scale images


<i>Bendigo</i> 1941
Bendigo 1941


Graphics


  <i>Gympie</i> 1946
  Gympie 1946
  <i>Bunbury</i> 1946  
  Bunbury 1946  


Project history


Design of Bathurst class was created in Australia on the basis of Bangor with VTE. At the expense of hull beam increase approximately on 0.7m it was possible to fix the basic lack of a prototype: insufficient stability. Australian ships were better adapted for escort service and often unofficially rated as corvettes. At the same time it was not possible to place the additional equipment for work with acoustic and magnetic minesweeping gear, as well as Bangor class, they were of little use for newest mines countermeasures. In total Australian yards built 59 ships of this class, including 4 for the RIM. From remained 55 ships 20 were built by British order, but they were also a part of the Australian Navy.

In process of class building some changes were made to the design. Earlier ships had 76mm AA or 102mm single-purpose gun and 1 40mm pompom, later ships had 102mm AA gun and sometimes one 40mm Bofors. Machinery was also improved: engine power increased from 1750 to 2000hp, and fuel stowage from 124 to 153t.

Modernizations


1943-1944, many earlier ships: + type 271 (mostly), SC (some) radars

Naval service


Armidale was sunk by Japanese aircraft (torpedo) 1.12.1942 off Timor. Wallaroo was lost 18.6.1943 as a result of collision with s/s Gilbert Costin off Fremantle. Geelong was lost 18.10.1944 as a result of collision with s/s York between Australia and New Guinea. Castlemaine was preserved as memorial at Williamstown.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.