Allied Warships

HMAS Cessnock (J 175)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 175 
Built byCockatoo Docks and Engineering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered29 Jul 1940 
Laid down16 Apr 1941 
Launched17 Oct 1941 
Commissioned26 Jan 1942 
End service12 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned 12 July 1946.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 April 1947 to the Nan Chiao Shipping and Salvage Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China).


Commands listed for HMAS Cessnock (J 175)

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1Lt. Thomas Sidney Marchington, RANR(S)1 Dec 1941???

2Lt. Edward John Thomas Sweetman, RANR(S)2 Nov 19434 Dec 1944
3Lt. Alan Gordon Chapman, RANR(S)4 Dec 1944Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Cessnock include:

23 May 1942
At 1000 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), turned over the escort of convoy ZK 8 over to HMAS Swan (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Travis, RAN), HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Cessnock (A/Lt.Cdr. T.S. Marchington, RANR(S)).

HrMs Tromp and HMAS Arunta then reversed course to return to Sydney. (1)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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