Allied Warships

HMAS Townsville (J 205)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 205 
Built byEvans Deakin Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) 
Ordered10 Jul 1940 
Laid down16 Nov 1940 
Launched13 May 1941 
Commissioned19 Dec 1941 
End service5 Aug 1946 

Decommissioned into Reserve on 5 August 1946.
Sold to broken up for scrap to the Hong Kong Delta Shipping Co. (Hong Kong) on 8 August 1956.


Commands listed for HMAS Townsville (J 205)

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1Lt.Cdr. (emergency) John Abbott, RAN17 Feb 194130 Jun 1942
2Lt. Alan Farquhar-Smith, RANR(S)10 Jul 1942Feb 1944

3T/Lt. Alexander Blane Brackenridge, RANR(S)12 Mar 1944

4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Leslie Norman Morison, RANR(S)5 Jan 194516 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Townsville include:

27 Dec 1943
From 27 to 29 December 1943, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) and HMAS Townsville (Lt. A. Farquhar-Smith, RANR(S)) conducted A/S and attack exercises with USS Albacore (T/Cdr. J.W. Blanchard, USN).

HMAS Stuart however parted company around 1005L/28, having been ordered to escort USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) to the vicinity of Sydney. (1)


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for December 1943 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Townsville for December 1943

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