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).
22 Sep 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol in the Sunda Strait. Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out with HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)). (2)
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)). (3)
4 Oct 1944
During 4 and 5 October 1944, HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) and HMS Tantivy (Lt. P.S. May, RN), conducted exercises off Fremantle. These included night exercises. Convoy attack exercises were carried out on USS Chanticleer (L.L. Tyndall, USN), HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)) and HMAS Warrnambool (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.J.B. Wight, RAN). (4)
- File 188.8.131.52 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1870
- ADM 199/1871
- ADM 173/18789
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.