HMAS Launceston (J 179)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Evans Deakin Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)|
|Ordered||31 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||23 Dec 1940|
|Launched||30 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||9 Apr 1942|
|End service||Apr 1946|
Decommissioned in April 1946.
Commands listed for HMAS Launceston (J 179)
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|1||T/Lt. Percy Goldsworthy Collins, RANR(S)||22 Sep 1941||Jul 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Paul Bartels Smith, RANVR||Jul 1944||23 Sep 1944|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Eric John Barron, RANR(S)||23 Sep 1944||23 Jan 1946|
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Notable events involving Launceston 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).