Allied Warships

HMAS Tamworth (J 181)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class


Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBathurst 
PennantJ 181 
Built byWalkers Ltd. (Maryborough, Queensland, Australia) 
Ordered24 Sep 1940 
Laid down25 Aug 1941 
Launched14 Mar 1942 
Commissioned8 Aug 1942 
End service30 Apr 1946 
History

Decommissioned at Sydney on 30 April 1946 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on the same day being renamed Tidore.
Tidore was transferred to the Indonesian Navy in December 1949 and renamed Pati Unus.
Stricken in 1969.

 

Commands listed for HMAS Tamworth (J 181)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. William Hargreaves Deans, RANR(S)5 Aug 194224 Sep 1943 (+)

2T/Lt. David Bennett Lloyd-Jones, RANR(S)22 Mar 1944Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Tamworth include:


22 Mar 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMS Overdale Wyke, HMS Okapi and HMAS Tamworth (T/Lt. W.H. Deans, RANR(S)). (1)

26 Mar 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMS Hoxa (T/Lt. H.P Davies, RNR) and HMAS Tamworth (T/Lt. W.H. Deans, RANR(S)). (1)

22 Feb 1944
The Australian minesweeper HMAS Tamworth and the Indian minesweeper HMIS Orissa (Lt. A.V. Baker, RIN) both pick up survivors from the American tanker E.G. Seubert that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-510 about 200 nautical miles east of Aden in position 13°50'N, 48°49'E.

HMAS Tamworth also picks up 52 survivors from the British tanker San Alvaro that was also torpedoed and heavily damaged by German U-boat U-510 about 200 nautical miles east of Aden in position 13°50'N, 48°49'E. The burning San Alvaro was then scuttled by HMAS Tamworth with gunfire and depth charges.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6427 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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