Allied Warships

HMAS Inverell (J 233)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 233 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered16 May 1941 
Laid down7 Dec 1941 
Launched2 May 1942 
Commissioned17 Sep 1942 
End service14 Jun 1946 

Decommissioned into Reserve on 14 June 1946.
Transferred to New Zealand on 5 March 1952.
Commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 10 April 1952.
Sold to be broken up for scrap to Pacific Scrap Ltd. on 1 November 1977.


Commands listed for HMAS Inverell (J 233)

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1Lt. John Raymond Suffren, RANR(S)7 Sep 19422 Jun 1943
2Lt. Arthur Irwin Chapman, RANR(S)3 Jun 194312 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Inverell include:

13 Jan 1945
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia. She was escorted in by HMAS Inverell (Lt. A.I. Chapman, RANR(S)). At Fremantle she was refitted by a relief crew of SubDiv 181 and USS Euryale.

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