Allied Warships

HMAS Dubbo (J 251)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBathurst 
PennantJ 251 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered24 Jan 1941 
Laid down13 Oct 1941 
Launched7 Mar 1942 
Commissioned31 Jul 1942 
End service7 Feb 1947 
History

Decommissioned into Reserve on 7 February 1947.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 20 February 1958 to Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan).
Scrapped in Japan.

 

Commands listed for HMAS Dubbo (J 251)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Arthur Godfrey William Thomas, RANR(S)1 Jul 19424 Oct 1942
2T/Lt. Norman Grant Weber, RANR(S)4 Oct 1942Apr 1944
3Lt.Cdr. William John Charles Webb, RANRApr 194416 Jun 1944
4T/Lt. Frank Willshaw Roberts, RANR(S)19 Jun 19448 Nov 1944
5T/Lt. Frank Willshaw Roberts, RANR(S)6 Dec 194427 Aug 1946

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Notable events involving Dubbo include:


12 Jan 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted trials off Fremantle. Upon completion of these trials A/S exercises were carried out with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)). (1)

5 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)) and USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. R. Kefauver, USN). (2)

16 Aug 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)). (1)

25 Aug 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)). Also radar exercises were carried out with aircraft. (1)

3 Sep 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)). (1)

13 Sep 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)). (1)

15 Oct 1943
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) conducts A/S exercises near Fremantle with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)). (3)

5 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East) at Fremantle, Australia. She was escorted in by HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. F.W. Roberts, RANR(S)). (4)

27 Dec 1944
During 27 and 28 December 1944, HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN), conducted exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. F.W. Roberts, RANR(S)). These included night exercises. (5)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol off Singapore. She was also to perform air/sea rescue duties in that area. Before proceeding on patrol she conducted exercises together with HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) and HMS Tradewind (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN). Practice attacks were made on HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. F.W. Roberts, RANR(S)), HMAS Inverell (Lt. A.I. Chapman, RANR(S)), HMAS Warrnambool (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.J.B. Wight, RAN) and USS Hutchinson.

For the daily positions of HMS Spiteful during this patrol see the map below.

(6)

9 May 1945
Around 1430K/9 the destroyer HMAS Arunta (Cdr. A.E. Buchanan, DSO, RAN) departed Manus followed around 1800K/9 by the light cruiser HMS Newfoundland (Capt. R.W. Ravenhill, CBE, DSC, RN).

Around 1700I/9, the light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. R.S. Dowling, RAN) and the destroyer HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. M.J. Clark, DSC, RAN) departed Hollandia.

Both forces made rendezvous off Cape Wom around 0800K/10 and the 'Wewak support force' arrived off Wewak around 1300K/10.

After a preliminary run along the coast to search for the targets the sheduled bombardment commenced.

Around 1600K/10, the force retired to seaward for the night.

At 0630K/11, the 'Wewak support force' made rendezvous with the 'Wewak force' made up of the sloop HMAS Swan (Lt. W.J. Dovers, RAN) and minesweepers/corvettes Colac (Lt. K.J. Hopper, RANR(S)) and HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. F.W. Roberts, RANR(S)) and the assault forces proceeded to their fire support areas. From 0730K/11, targets were successfully engaged to cover the assault on Red Beach. The bombardment was completed at 0840K/11.

After the landing the 'Wewak support force' retired to seaward.

Around 1230K/11, HMS Newfoundland obtained an A/S contact which was subsequently depth charged by HMAS Arunta. Both destroyers then continued to search the area during the afternoon but no further contact was obtained.

Around 1700 hours, HMAS Hobart and HMS Newfoundland carried out another bombardment after which the force was released and proceeded to Hollandia arriving there at 0700I/9. (7)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.37.198 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6851 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. File 2.12.03.6416 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 199/1871
  5. ADM 173/18791
  6. ADM 199/1870
  7. ADM 53/121909 + Report from HMAS Hobart

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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