HMAS Burnie (J 198)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Morts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)|
|Ordered||16 Apr 1940|
|Laid down||4 Jun 1940|
|Launched||25 Oct 1940|
|Commissioned||15 Apr 1941|
|End service||5 Jul 1946|
Decommissioned at Colombo, Ceylon on 5 July 1946 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy being renamed Hr.Ms Ceram.
Commands listed for HMAS Burnie (J 198)
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|1||T/Lt. George Edward Gough, RANR(S)||5 Feb 1941||11 Mar 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Terence Christie, RANR(S)||16 Jan 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Terence Christie, RANR(S)||14 Aug 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Bernard Lucien Dechaineux, RANR||8 Jan 1944||13 Dec 1944|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Edwin Max Andrewartha, RANR||13 Dec 1944||Aug 1945|
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Notable events involving Burnie include:
4 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Banten Bay to bolster the escort of convoy BM 9B that was en-route to Singapore. The Dutch ships joined the British convoy around 1300 hours.
The Dutch ships remained with the convoy until 2000/5.
Convoy BM 9B was made up of the following ships; passenger (or in this case troops / cargo ships Madura (8975 GRT, built 1921), Rajput (5521 GRT, built 1925), Risaldar (5407 GRT, built 1940), Jalarajan (5076 GRT, built 1925) and El Madina (3962 GRT, built 1937). They were escorted by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN), the British light cruiser HMS Danae (Capt. F.J. Butler, MBE, RN), the British destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Express (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Cartwright, RN) and HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. (retired) G.R. Pretor-Pinney, RN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Burnie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Gough, RANR(S)). (1)
- Files 2.12.03.6849 and 126.96.36.199 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)