HMAS Gascoyne (K 354)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Morts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)|
|Ordered||16 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||3 Jul 1942|
|Launched||20 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||18 Nov 1943|
|End service||1 Feb 1966|
Decommissioned 1 February 1966.
Commands listed for HMAS Gascoyne (K 354)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Jack Donovan, RAN||1 Jun 1943||4 May 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Neven Robinson Read, RAN||5 May 1944||26 Nov 1944|
|3||Lt. Eric John Peel, RAN||27 Nov 1944||6 Apr 1946|
|4||A/Cdr. Robert Bagster Atlee Hunt, OBE, RAN||2 Dec 1944||3 Dec 1944|
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Notable events involving Gascoyne include:
15 Feb 1944
HMAS Stuart (Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN), HMAS Gascoyne (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) J. Donovan, RAN), HMAS Ararat ( T/Lt. N.M. Muzzell, RANR(S)) and HMAS Stawell (T/Lt. S.J. Griffith, RANR(S)) conducted exercises off Milne Bay. (1)
16 Feb 1944
HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN), HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Mesley, RAN) and HMAS Gascoyne (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) J. Donovan, RAN) briefly conducted exercises in Milne Bay. On completion of the exercises HMAS Stuart proceeded to Suiaha Bay while HMAS Vendetta and HMAS Gascoyne proceeded to sea for escort duties. (2)
16 Apr 1944
During 16/17 April 1944, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Mesley, RAN) and HMAS Gascoyne (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) J. Donovan, RAN) conducted gunnery and radar exercises off Milne Bay. These included night exercises. (3)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for February 1944
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Gascoyne from November 1943 to February 1944 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for February 1944 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for February 1944
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for April 1944
- ADM 173/20291
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.