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RAN 16th Minesweeping Squadron Timeline

18 July 1962

19 July 1962

21 August 1962

30th August 1962

7 September 1962

11 September 1962

5 December 1962

16 December 1962

1 May 1964

13 December 1964

24 December 1964

24 March 1965

29 March 1966

1 December 1965

11 August 1966

7 November 1966

23 December 1966

1 March 1967

September 2004

31 March 2006

List of notable dates and events in the life and service of the 16th

Minesweeping Squadron.

If anyone has any dates or

comments to add, please contact us.

The dates listed are used with kind permission of the Naval Historical Society, who's website and

archives can be found at:

Official Dates and Events                     Other Naval Events                                  Historical

The Bird, (ex-RN Ton), class minesweeper HMAS HAWK, (CMDR D. A. Ross, RAN), was commissioned. HAWK, (as HMS GAMSTON, renamed SOMERLEYTON), was laid down in Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft, England, in June 1953, and

launched on 17 September 1955. She was purchased for the RAN in 1962

The Bird, (ex-RN Ton), class minesweeper HMAS GULL, (LEUT A. L. Beaumont, RAN), was commissioned. GULL, (as HMS SWANSTON), was laid down in J. S. Doig Ltd, Grimsby, England, in August 1953, and launched on 1 July 1954. In 1962 she was purchased for the RAN.

The Bird, (ex-RN Ton), class minesweeper HMAS CURLEW, (LEUT B. J. G. Dunn, RAN), was commissioned. CURLEW was laid down in Montrose Shipyard Ltd, Scotland, in April 1953, and launched on 6 October 1953. She was purchased for the RAN IN 1962.

The Bird, (ex-RN Ton), class minesweeper HMAS TEAL, (LEUT M. B. Rayment,

RAN), was commissioned. TEAL, (as HMS JACKTON), was laid down in Philip &

Son Ltd, Dartmouth, England, in January 1953, and launched on 28 February

1955. She was purchased for the RAN IN 1962

The Bird, (ex-RN Ton), class minesweeper HMAS IBIS, (LCDR J.G. Stacey, RAN), was commissioned. IBIS, (as HMS SINGLETON), was laid down in Montrose Shipyard Ltd, Scotland, in October 1953, and launched on 18 November 1955.

The Bird, (ex-RN Ton), class minesweeper HMAS SNIPE, (LEUT P. H. James, RAN), was commissioned. SNIPE, (as HMS ALCASTON), was laid down in John I

Thornycroft & Co Ltd, Southampton, England, in July 1951, and launched on 5 January 1953.

HMAS WATERHEN, (shore establishment in Sydney), was commissioned.

Australia promised naval support in the Indonesian-Malaysian confrontation crisis.

The Minister for the Navy, Mr. F. C. Chaney, announced the dispatch of the HMAS Ships HAWK and GULL, (minesweepers), to Singapore, for operations during the Indonesian-Malaysian confrontation.

HMAS TEAL, (minesweeper), intercepted two Indonesian sampans off Borneo. The

sampans opened fire, and TEAL retaliated, killing three of the crew. LEUT K.

Murray, RAN, TEAL’s captain, was awarded the DSC for gallantry in the action. This was the only gallantry award to an RAN officer in the Indonesian-Malaysian confrontation.

LEUT K. Murray, RAN, of HMAS TEAL, (minesweeper), was awarded the DSC for conspicuous service in Malaysian waters, during the Indonesian-Malayan


ASLT J. M. Hutchinson, RAN, (a Fleet Air Arm pilot from HMAS MELBOURNE), was killed when his aircraft crashed in the Malacca Straits. He was the only RAN casualty for Confrontation, (the low level insurgency conflict between Malaysia and Indonesia during 1964-66)

HMAS HAWK, (Ton class minesweeper), berthed at Semporna, (Malay State of

Sabah), for rest and recreation leave during her patrols associated with

Confrontation. Later that day one of her crew returned onboard drunk, and took one of the ships 9mm Owen sub machine guns, and started to fire it

indiscriminately around the ship. Over 300 rounds were fired causing some

damage to the ship, but fortunately no one was hit. The sailor was eventually

subdued, and later medically discharged from the RAN.

The Australian Naval Board approved ‘Australia’ shoulder insignia as standard

uniform for the RAN.

Confrontation between Malaysia and Indonesia officially ceased.
Several RAN units, including destroyer escorts, and the Ton class minesweepers, had been involved in the confrontation, mainly conducting anti-infiltration patrols off

Singapore, and Sabah/Sarawak in East Malaysia.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave Royal Consent to the new Australian White Ensign.

The Prime Minister, Mr Harold Holt, announced to Parliament that the new

Australian White Ensign was formally approved

The Australian White Ensign was hoisted in all ships and establishments of the

RAN. The British White Ensign had been used by the RAN since 1913.

First 16th MSS Reunion held in Yamba, NSW.

RAN 16th Minesweeping Squadron plaque dedication held at the Australian War Museum, Canberra, ACT, for recognition to peacekeeping service during the Indonesian-Malaysian conflict.

Memorial and Plaque laying at HMNZS Philomel  New Zealand.

RAN 16th Minesweeping Squadron plaque dedication at Bundamba Memorial, QLD.

Second 16th MSS Reunion held in Noosa and Tewantin.

1 July 2006

August 2006

1-3 August 2008

4 September 2012

14-16 September 2012

Permission Granted by VA Griggs, RAN to the RAN 16th Minesweeping Squadron
Reunion and Social Club  sole access and use  of the new 16th Minesweeping Squadron Crest to represent the Minesweeping Squadron, as voted for by the Squadron members back in 2009.

Third 16th MSS Reunion, held in Twin Towns, Tweed Head, QLD

Fourth 16th MSS Reunion held  in Twin Towns, Tweed Head, QLD.

Fifth 16th MSS Reunion in Twin Towns, Tweed Head, QLD

26-28 September 2014

4-6 November 2016

14th July 2016

The Inauguration of Australian Mine Warfare Team 16