HMAS Dubbo

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HMAS Dubbo
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Navy photo
Name HMAS Dubbo
Owner Royal Australian Navy
Builder Mort's Dock & Engineering Co Ltd, Sydney
Launched 7 Mar 1942
Completed 30 Jul 1942
In service 31 Jul 1942
Out of service 7 Feb 1947
Fate sold for scrap
General characteristics
Type Bathurst Class Australian Minesweeper
Tonnage 650
Length 186 feet (56.69m)
Beam 31 feet (9.45m)
Depth 8 feet 6 inches (2.59m)
Propulsion 2 Shafts, triple expansion
Speed 15 knots
Capacity 85 crew


HMAS Dubbo's first posting was t Fremantle from where she carried out escort and anti-submarine tasks until March 1945. From Fremantle she sailed to New Guinea waters, with a brief pause at Darwin. She remained in New Guinea waters for the rest of the war. In April and May she was engaged in bombarding targets near Wewak, and then carrying troops from the 6th Division who made an amphibious assault on the Wewak Peninsular using landing barges. On 11 May she landed further troops at Dove Bay and provided fire support to them for the rest of the month.

In June 1945 HMAS Dubbo transferred to the Solomon Islands where she supported Australian troops by bombarding Japanese positions on Buka Island and Bougainville. Her final bombardment task was carried out on 28 Jun 1945, and she departed Torokina for Brisbane on 10 Jul 1945. In August she returned to the Solomon islands to carry out some minesweeping duties and then in New Britain waters during September. In October she returned to Australia for a refit in Brisbane. From January 1946 she carried out minesweeping operations in Australian waters, until 29 Apr 1946 when she entered Sydney harbour one last time. Paid off into reserve on 7 Feb 1947, she was sold for scrap on 20 Feb 1948 to a Japanese company.

Battle Honours

  • Pacific 1941-45

Crew members