HMAS Tamworth (J 181)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Walkers Ltd. (Maryborough, Queensland, Australia)|
|Ordered||24 Sep 1940|
|Laid down||25 Aug 1941|
|Launched||14 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||8 Aug 1942|
|End service||30 Apr 1946|
Decommissioned at Sydney on 30 April 1946 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on the same day being renamed Tidore.
Commands listed for HMAS Tamworth (J 181)
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|1||T/Lt. William Hargreaves Deans, RANR(S)||5 Aug 1942||24 Sep 1943 (+)|
|2||T/Lt. David Bennett Lloyd-Jones, RANR(S)||22 Mar 1944||Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Tamworth include:
22 Feb 1944
The Australian minesweeper HMAS Tamworth and the Indian minesweeper HMIS Orissa (Lt. A.V. Baker, RIN) both pick up survivors from the American tanker E.G. Seubert that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-510 about 200 nautical miles east of Aden in position 13°50'N, 48°49'E.
HMAS Tamworth also picks up 52 survivors from the British tanker San Alvaro that was also torpedoed and heavily damaged by German U-boat U-510 about 200 nautical miles east of Aden in position 13°50'N, 48°49'E. The burning San Alvaro was then scuttled by HMAS Tamworth with gunfire and depth charges.
26 Jan 1945
Ships belonging to the Fleet Train of the British Pacific Fleet departed Trincomalee for Fremantle. These were the destroyer deport ship Tyne (Capt. S. Boucher, RN), repairs ships HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN), Artifex (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) and the target ship HMS Lewes (T/Lt. M.H. Grylls, SANF(V)). The tanker Battle Rock (American, 10448 GRT, built 1944) was also in company with these ships.
Escort was provided by the heavy cruiser London and the minesweepers HMAS Cairns (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)), HMAS Cessnock (Lt. A.G. Chapman, RANR(S)), HMAS Gawler (Lt.Cdr. J.H.P. Dixon, RANR(S)), HMAS Geraldton (Cdr. J.K. Walton, RAN), HMAS Ipswich (T/Lt. R.H. Creasey, RANR(S)), HMAS Tamworth (T/Lt. D.B. Lloyd-Jones, RANR(S)) and HMAS Wollongong (T/Lt. J. Hare, RANR(S)).
They arrived at Fremantle on 9 February 1945. (2)
- File 2.12.03.6427 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1457
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.