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HMAS Lismore during 1942
HMAS Lismore during 1942
Career (Australia)
Namesake: City of Lismore, New South Wales
Builder: Morts Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney
Laid down: 26 February 1940
Launched: 10 August 1940
Commissioned: 24 January 1941
Decommissioned: 3 July 1946
Fate: Transferred to RNN
Career (Netherlands)
Name: HNLMS Batjan
Commissioned: 3 July 1946 (RNN)
Decommissioned: 1958
Reclassified: Frigate (1946)
Fate: Removed from service in 1958
General characteristics
Class and type: Bathurst class corvette
Displacement: 650 tons (standard), 1,025 tons (full war load)
Length: 186 ft (57 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draught: 8.5 ft (2.6 m)
Propulsion: triple expansion engine, 2 shafts, 1,750 hp
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 85
Armament: 1 x 4-inch gun, 3 x Oerlikons (later 4, later 2), 1 x 2-pounder gun (installed later), Machine guns, Depth charges chutes and throwers

HMAS Lismore (J145/B247/A121), named for the city of Lismore, New South Wales, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes to be constructed during World War II, and one of 20 to be manned and commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under Admiralty order.[1] During her Australian service, Lismore covered 191,132 nautical miles (353,976 km), and spent the longest period away from Australia of any RAN vessel during World War II; 1,409 days.[1] Serving with the RAN for five years, Lismore later spent twelve years as part of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN), classified as the frigate HNLMS Batjan.[1]

Construction

Lismore was laid down by Morts Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney on 26 February 1940.[1] She was launched on 10 August 1940 by the wife of Commodore Gerard Muirhead-Gould, the Naval-Officer-in-Charge Sydney, and commissioned on 25 January 1941.[1]

Operational service

From December 1941 to December 1944, Lismore operated with the British Eastern Fleet. Following this, she was assigned to the British Pacific Fleet.[1]

Lismore was paid off from RAN service on 3 July 1946, transferring immediately into the Royal Netherlands Navy, where she was renamed HNLMS Batjan and reclassified as a frigate.[1] She was removed from service in 1958.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "HMAS Lismore". Sea Power Centre Australia. http://www.navy.gov.au/HMAS_Lismore. Retrieved 15 September 2008.  
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