Allied Warships

HMAS Colac (J 242)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 242 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered24 Sep 1940 
Laid down18 Apr 1941 
Launched30 Aug 1941 
Commissioned6 Jan 1942 
End service30 Sep 1983 

Decomissioned into Reserve at Sydney on 27 November 1945.
Recommissioned on 20 February 1951 for service as a training ship for National Service Trainees and Naval Reserve personnel.
Decommissioned into Reserve at Sydney on 30 January 1953.
Colac was taken in hand in 1962 for conversion to a tank cleaning vessel and she served as such untill 30 September 1983.
She was sunk by torpedo fired by the submarine HMAS Ovens off Jervis Bay on 4 March 1987, in position 34°49.2´ South, 151°32´ East.


Commands listed for HMAS Colac (J 242)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Dudley Charles Northam, RANR(S)8 Dec 19412 Aug 1942
2Lt. William Slevin Reynolds, RANR3 Aug 194225 Oct 1942
3T/Lt.Cdr. Spence Bernard Komoll, RANR(S)26 Oct 19424 Jun 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Eric John Barron, RANR(S)5 Jun 194310 Jun 1943
5Lt. William George Whitting, DSC, RANR(S)11 Jun 1943Aug 1944
6Cdr. Alan Paterson Cousin, RANR(S)21 Dec 1943Jan 1944

7Lt. Kenneth James Hopper, RANR(S)18 Oct 194410 Oct 1945

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