Allied Warships

HMAS Ipswich (J 186)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 186 
Built byEvans Deakin Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) 
Ordered31 Jul 1940 
Laid down6 Mar 1941 
Launched11 Aug 1941 
Commissioned13 Jun 1942 
End service5 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned on 5 July 1946 at Colombo, Ceylon and transferred to the Netherlands and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy as Hr.Ms. Motorai the same day.
Transferred to the Indonesian Navy in 1949 being renamed Hang Tuah.
In April 1958 Hang Tuah was bombed and sunk by an aircraft operated by forces in rebellion against the Indonesian Government.


Commands listed for HMAS Ipswich (J 186)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. John Smyth McBryde, RANR(S)Apr 194219 Nov 1943

2T/Lt. Ronald Hugh Creasey, RANR(S)5 Jan 1944Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Ipswich include:

12 Feb 1944
The Japanese submarine RO-110 (offsite link) was depth charged and sunk east-south-east off Visakhapatnam, India by the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (A/Cdr. I.B.W. Heanly, RIN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Launceston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.G. Collins, RANR(S)) and HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)).

RO-110 had attacked convoy JC-36 (Colombo-Calcutta) and torpedoed and damaged the British merchant Asphalon (6274 GRT).

28 Jun 1944
HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. P.G. de Back, RNN) departed Colombo for Madras. She was escorted by the Australian minesweeper HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)). (1)


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

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