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HMAS Snipe

HMAS Snipe (M-1102) was a Ton class

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 Curlew

HMAS 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 during the filming of

"Paradise Road" (1997) and "The Thin

Red Line" (1998).


HMAS Hawk

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


For more photos of the Hawk and

her crew, Click Here


HMAS Ibis

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.


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crew Click Here


HMAS Teal

HMAS 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.

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HMAS Gull

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.


For more photos of the Gull and her

crew, Click Here


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