Allied Warships

HMAS Mildura (J 207)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class


Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBathurst 
PennantJ 207 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered31 Jul 1940 
Laid down23 Sep 1940 
Launched14 Mar 1941 
Commissioned23 Jul 1941 
End service11 Sep 1953 
History

Decommissioned into Reserve on 21 May 1948.
Recommissioned on 20 February 1951.
Decommissioned on 11 September 1953.
Sold to be broken up for scrap to the Brisbane Non-Ferrous Pty Ltd. on 8 September 1965.

 

Commands listed for HMAS Mildura (J 207)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. George Ewart Vaughan Owen, RANR(S)23 Jul 19415 Jan 1942
2Lt. Claude James Poingsdestre Guille, OBE, RANR(S)19 Jan 194221 Jul 1943
3Lt.Cdr. John Midford Little, RANR(S)21 Jul 194321 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Mildura include:


14 Sep 1944
During 14 and 15 September 1944, HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR), conducted gunnery and attack exercises off Fremantle with HMAS Mildura (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Little, RANR(S)), these included night exercises. (1)

20 Sep 1944
During 20 and 21 September 1944, HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN), conducted exercises off Fremantle. These included night exercises.

Several practice attacks were made on HMAS Mildura (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Little, RANR(S)). (2)

22 Sep 1944
HMS Storm (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East) at Fremantle, Australia. She was escorted in by HMAS Mildura (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Little, RANR(S)). (3)

9 Nov 1944
During 9 and 10 November 1944, HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN), HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) and HMS Sturdy (Lt. W.St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Fremantle. These also included night exercises.

Convoy attack exercises were carried out during which HMAS Bunbury (Lt. J.F. Bleckman, RANR(S)), HMAS Inverell (Lt. A.I. Chapman, RANR(S)), HMAS Launceston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.J. Barron, RANR(S)), HMAS Mildura (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Little, RANR(S)) and HMAS Warrnambool (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.J.B. Wight, RAN) served as the targets. (4)

4 Dec 1944
USS Besugo (Cdr. T.L. Wogan, USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia. She was escorted in by HMAS Mildura (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Little, RANR(S)).

At Fremantle she was refitted by a relief crew from Submarine Division 262 and USS Anthedon. She was also docked twice for repairs.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18800
  2. ADM 173/18677
  3. ADM 199/1870
  4. ADM 173/18679

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


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