RAN 16th MSS – The Fleet

HMAS Snipe

hmas snipe

                                                                            HMAS Snipe (M-1102) was a Ton class16thMinesweeperSquadron022
minesweeper built as HMS Alcaston for
the Royal Navy by John I. Thornycroft
and Company at Southampton and
launched on 4 September 1952. The ship
was purchased by the Royal Australian
Navy in 1961 and commissioned as HMAS
Snipe on 11 September 1962. HMAS
Snipe paid off on 3 June 1983.She was  sold in 1985 to be broken up.

 

 

hmas curlewHMAS Curlew

16thMinesweeperSquadron001HMAS Curlew (M-1121) was a Ton
class minesweeper built by the
Montrose Shipyard in England and
commissioned as HMS Chediston. She
was purchased by the Royal Australian
Navy in 1961 and commissioned on 21
August 1962. HMAS Curlew paid off on
30 April 1990 and was sold on 17 June
1991. Now in private hands in Tasmania.
Used for the film of  “Paradise Road”, (1997)
and “The Thin Red Line” (1998).

hmas hawkHMAS Hawk

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HMAS Hawk (M-1139) was a Ton
class minesweeper built as HMS
Somerleyton for the Royal Navy by
Richards Ironworks at Lowestoft in
England, purchased by Australia in
1961 and commissioned into the
Royal Australian Navy on 18 July
1962. HMAS Hawk paid off on 7
January 1972.Sold in 1976 to be
broken up

 

hmas ibisHMAS Ibis


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HMAS Ibis (M-1183) was a Ton class
minesweeper built as HMS Singleton for
the Royal Navy by the Montrose Shipyard
in Scotland, purchased by Australia in
1961 and commissioned into the Royal
Australian Navy on 7 September 1962.
HMAS Ibis paid off on 16 January
1968.Sold in 1985 to be broken up.

 


hmas tealHMAS Teal

16thMinesweeperSquadron023HMAS Teal (M-1152) was a Ton class minesweeper built by Philip and Son in England for the Royal Navy as HMS Jackton and launched on 28 February 1955. The ship was purchased by the Royal Australian Navy and commissioned as HMAS Teal on 30 August 1962. HMS Teal paid off on 14 August 1970. Sold in October 1977 to I.B. & G.I.Baker of Margate, Tasmania.  A press report in February 1984 stated that  the ship had been bought at  auction  in Sydney in December 1983 by Messrs Max Murray of Dover, Tasmania, and John Buckpitt and Michael O’May, both of Huon, Tasmania.  It was reported that she was to be converted from a prawntrawler to an abalone catch and fish process vessel.  She is now believed  to be in service in Queensland waters with a tourist operator, and as far as  we  know she is still somewhere in Queensland.

hmas gullHMAS Gull
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HMAS Gull (M-1185) was a Ton class
minesweeper built by J. S. Doig
Limited at Grimsby in England as HMS
Swanston for the Royal Navy,
purchased by Australia in 1961 and
commissioned into the Royal
Australian Navy on 19 July 1962.
HMAS Gull paid off on 7 November
1969.Sold in June 1976 to and broken
up in 1987.