HMAS Ipswich (J 186)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Evans Deakin Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)|
|Ordered||31 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||6 Mar 1941|
|Launched||11 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||13 Jun 1942|
|End service||5 Jul 1946|
Decommissioned on 5 July 1946 at Colombo, Ceylon and transferred to the Netherlands and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy as Hr.Ms. Motorai the same day.
Commands listed for HMAS Ipswich (J 186)
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|1||T/Lt.Cdr. John Smyth McBryde, RANR(S)||Apr 1942||19 Nov 1943|
|2||T/Lt. Ronald Hugh Creasey, RANR(S)||5 Jan 1944||Apr 1946|
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Notable events involving Ipswich include:
12 Feb 1944
The Japanese submarine RO-110 (offsite link) was depth charged and sunk east-south-east off Visakhapatnam, India by the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (A/Cdr. I.B.W. Heanly, RIN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Launceston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.G. Collins, RANR(S)) and HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)).
RO-110 had attacked convoy JC-36 (Colombo-Calcutta) and torpedoed and damaged the British merchant Asphalon (6274 GRT).
23 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Fremantle for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Flores Sea. She was escorted out by HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)). (2)
- File 220.127.116.11 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1871
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.