Allied Warships

HMAS Whyalla (J 153)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 153 
Built byBroken Hill Pty. Ltd. (Whyalla, South Australia, Australia) 
Ordered5 Jun 1940 
Laid down27 Jul 1940 
Launched12 May 1941 
Commissioned8 Jan 1942 
End service 

Sold in May 1947.

Whyalla is preserved as a museum ship see this website (offsite link).


Commands listed for HMAS Whyalla (J 153)

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1T/Lt. Leslie Norman Morison, RANR(S)8 Sep 194128 Nov 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Karl Eric Oom, RAN28 Nov 194230 Apr 1943
3Lt.Cdr. George Dalton Tancred, RAN1 May 194318 Jun 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Leslie Norman Morison, RANR(S)19 Jun 194330 Nov 1944
5A/Cdr. Neven Robinson Read, RAN1 Dec 194422 Jun 1945
6T/Lt. Geoffrey Lincoln Brandreth Parry, RANVR23 Jun 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Whyalla include:

25 Jun 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. D.R. Wilson, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Brisbane with HMAS Whyalla (T/Lt. G.L.B. Parry, RANVR) and HMAS Bendigo (Lt. W. Jackson, RANVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/20343

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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