Allied Warships

HMAS Warrego (L 73 / U 73)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantL 73 / U 73 
Built byCockatoo Docks and Engineering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered 1938 
Laid down15 May 1939 
Launched10 Feb 1940 
Commissioned22 Aug 1940 
End service8 Aug 1963 

Decommissioned 8 august 1963.
Sold to be broken up for scrap in April 1965.


Commands listed for HMAS Warrego (L 73 / U 73)

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1Cdr. Ross Valdar Wheatley, RAN29 Jul 194028 May 1941
2Lt. (emergency) David Logan, RAN29 May 194119 Jul 1941
3Cdr. Ross Valdar Wheatley, RAN20 Jul 194126 May 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Arnold Holbrook Green, RAN27 May 194222 Aug 1942
5Lt.Cdr. Alexander Douglas Colin Inglis, RN23 Aug 194211 Jul 1944
6Lt.Cdr. George Dalton Tancred, RAN11 Jul 194419 Nov 1944

7A/Cdr. Colin Goyder Little, DSC, RAN15 May 194525 Aug 1945
8Lt.Cdr. Robert Bagster Atlee Hunt, OBE, RAN25 Aug 1945Mar 1946

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Notable events involving Warrego include:

31 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Sydney. After fuelling she departed for yet another convoy mission.

Convoy ZK 9 was to be escorted northwards. This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; American Robert Gray (7176 GRT, built 1942) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June), Stephen A. Douglas (7176 GRT, built 1942) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June), Australian Katoomba (9424 GRT, built 1913), Ormiston (5815 GRT, built 1922) and Dutch Japara (3323, built 1930) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June). Besides Tromp they were escorted by the US destroyer USS Selfridge (Cdr. C.D. Reynolds, USN) and the Australian sloop HMAS Warrego (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, RAN). (1)


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

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