Allied Warships

HMAS Gascoyne (K 354)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 354 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered16 Aug 1941 
Laid down3 Jul 1942 
Launched20 Feb 1943 
Commissioned18 Nov 1943 
End service1 Feb 1966 
History

Decommissioned 1 February 1966.
Sold to be broken up for scrap 15 February 1972.  

Commands listed for HMAS Gascoyne (K 354)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Jack Donovan, RAN1 Jun 19434 May 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Neven Robinson Read, RAN5 May 194426 Nov 1944
3Lt. Eric John Peel, RAN27 Nov 19446 Apr 1946
4A/Cdr. Robert Bagster Atlee Hunt, OBE, RAN2 Dec 19443 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)

18 Jun 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Manus with (at least) HMAS Gascoyne (Lt. E.J. Peel, RAN). (4)

19 Jun 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Manus with (at least) HMAS Gascoyne (Lt. E.J. Peel, RAN). (4)

20 Jun 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Manus with (at least) HMAS Gascoyne (Lt. E.J. Peel, RAN). (4)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for February 1944
  2. 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
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for April 1944
  4. ADM 173/20291

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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