Allied Warships

HMAS Wagga (J 315)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 315 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered7 Aug 1941 
Laid down8 Mar 1942 
Launched25 Jul 1942 
Commissioned18 Dec 1942 
End service25 Oct 1957 

Decommissioned into Reserve on 28 November 1945.
Recommissioned as a training ship on 12 December 1951.
Decommissioned into Reserve on 25 October 1957.
Stricken on 31 May 1961.
Sold to the South Australian Carrying Co. in March 1962.


Commands listed for HMAS Wagga (J 315)

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1T/Lt. Donald Knight Cracknell, RANR(S)7 Dec 19426 Aug 1943
2Lt. John Edwin Reynolds, RD, RANR7 Aug 194314 Sep 1943
3Lt. Ian Kitchener Purvis, RAN15 Sep 194325 Jan 1944
4Lt. Edward Malcolm Young, RANVR26 Jan 194417 Apr 1944
5A/Lt.Cdr. Claude James Poingsdestre Guille, OBE, RANR(S)18 Apr 19441 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Wagga include:

13 Mar 1945
Around 1100I/13, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) was relieved on the A/S patrol off Humboldt Bay by HMAS Wagga (A/Lt.Cdr. C.J.P. Guille, OBE, RANR(S)).

After fuelling and watering, HMAS Vendetta departed Humboldt Bay for Madang around 1600I/13.

HMAS Vendetta was to proceed to Australia for refit. (1)


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for March 1945

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