HMAS Toowoomba

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HMAS Toowoomba
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Name HMAS Toowoomba
Owner Royal Australian Navy
Builder Walkers Ltd, Maryborough, Queensland
Launched 26 Mar 1941
Completed 8 Oct 1941
In service 9 Oct 1941
Out of service 5 Jul 1946
Fate transferred to Royal Netherlands Navy as Boere
General characteristics
Type Bathurst Class Australian minesweeper
Tonnage 650 tons
Length 186 feet (56.69m)
Beam 31 feet (9.45)
Depth 8 feet 6 inches (2,59m)
Propulsion Twin shaft 1750 HP
Speed 15 knots
Capacity crew 85


Following acceptance trials off the Queensland coast, HMAS Toowoomba took up convoy escort duties off the east coast. In January 1942, with HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Wollongong she sailed for Batavia, and for the next two months was almost constantly at sea. On one occasion she was slightly damaged after being bombed by Japanese aircraft. On 14 Feb 1942, with Singapore about to surrender she arrived in Batavia escorting four tankers. With the collapse of Dutch resistance in the East Indies she sailed for Fremantle, arriving there on 19 March 1942. Until November 1942 she carried out escort duties in the Southern and Indian Oceans, after which she joined the British Eastern Fleet.

Her duties now covered not only the Indian Ocean, but also the Persian Gulf. Toowoomba returned to Fremantle on 3 Dec 1944 for a refit, after which she sailed for Manus Island. For the rest of the war she carried out escort and anti-submarine patrols between New Guinea and Australia. A month after the completion of hostilities she sailed for Hong Kong where she engaged in minesweeping duty, as well as survey work of Hong Kong and Swatow harbours.

HMAS Toowoomba returned to Australia in December 1945, and in June 1946 along with HMAS Burnie and HMAS Ipswich she sailed for Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where she was transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Battle Honours

  • Indian Ocean 1941-45
  • Pacific 1941-45

Crew members