Allied Warships

HMAS Cairns (J 183)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 183 
Built byWalkers Ltd. (Maryborough, Queensland, Australia) 
Ordered24 Sep 1940 
Laid down31 Mar 1941 
Launched5 Jul 1941 
Commissioned11 May 1942 
End service17 Jan 1946 

Decommissioned and transferred to the Dutch Navy on 17 January 1946 being renamed Ambon.
Ambon was transferred to the Indonesian Navy as the Banteng on 6 April 1950.
Banteng was scrapped in April 1968.


Commands listed for HMAS Cairns (J 183)

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1T/Lt. Edward MacMillan, RANR(S)20 Apr 194215 Dec 1943
2T/Lt. Frank Willshaw Roberts, RANR(S)16 Dec 194318 Jun 1944
3T/Lt. Norman Grant Weber, RANR(S)19 Jun 19445 Aug 1945
4Lt. Christopher Mervyn Callow, RANVR6 Aug 194510 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Cairns include:

20 Oct 1944
HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. P.G. de Back, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Varsova, near Bombay with HMIS Baroda (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.J. Ritchie, RINR) and HMAS Cairns (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)). (1)


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

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