Allied Warships

HMAS Gawler (J 188)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 188 
Built byBroken Hill Pty. Ltd. (Whyalla, South Australia, Australia) 
Ordered31 Jul 1940 
Laid down24 Jan 1941 
Launched4 Oct 1941 
Commissioned14 Aug 1942 
End service5 Apr 1946 

Decommissioned 5 April 1946.
Transferred to the Turkish Navy in August 1946 being renamed Ayvalik.
Ayvalik was stricken in 1963.


Commands listed for HMAS Gawler (J 188)

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1Lt.Cdr. (emergency) William John Seymour, RAN15 Jul 19424 Jun 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Joseph Henry Patrick Dixon, RANR(S)5 Jun 1944Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Gawler include:

11 Mar 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMAS Gawler (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) W.J. Seymour, RAN). (1)

17 Jun 1943
HMAS Gawler (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Seymour, RN) picks up survivors from the British troop transport Yoma that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-81 northwest of Derna in position 33°03'N, 22°04'E.

9 Jun 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Manus with (at least) HMAS Gawler (Lt.Cdr. J.H.P. Dixon, RANR(S)). (2)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/20291

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

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