Allied Warships

HMAS Parkes (J 361)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 361 
Built byEvans Deakin Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) 
Ordered7 Aug 1941 
Laid down26 Mar 1943 
Launched30 Oct 1943 
Commissioned25 May 1944 
End service17 Dec 1945 

Decommissioned into Reserve on 17 December 1945.
Sold to be broken up for scrap to the Hong Kong Rolling Mills Ltd. (Hong Kong) on 2 May 1957.  

Commands listed for HMAS Parkes (J 361)

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1Lt.Cdr. Norris Octavius Vidgen, RANR1 Jan 194420 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Parkes include:

14 Oct 1944
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) departed Fremantle as escort for the troopship Dunnottar Castle (British, 15007 GRT, built 1936).

On departure from Fremantle a local A/S escort was present made up of the mineseepers HMAS Inverell (Lt. A.I. Chapman, RANR(S)) and HMAS Parkes (Lt.Cdr. N.O. Vidgen, RANR). These returned to Fremantle after a few hours. (1)

22 Oct 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle. She was escorted in by HMAS Parkes (Lt.Cdr. N.O. Vidgen, RANR). (2)


  1. ADM 53/119651
  2. ADM 199/1871

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

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