HMAS Cootamundra (J 316)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Poole & Steel Pty. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)|
|Ordered||7 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||26 Feb 1942|
|Launched||3 Dec 1942|
|Commissioned||30 Apr 1943|
|End service||8 Jun 1959|
Decommissioned at Melbourne on 26 November 1945.
Commands listed for HMAS Cootamundra (J 316)
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|1||T/Lt. George Alfred Johns, RANR(S)||Jan 1943||20 Dec 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Harold James Hull, RANR||20 Dec 1944||20 Sep 1945|
|3||Lt. Kenneth Ralph Gourlay, RANR||21 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Cootamundra include:
5 Aug 1944
Around 1800K/5, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Mesley, RAN), HMAS Cootamundra (T/Lt. George Alfred Johns, RANR(S)) and HMAS Glenelg (T/Lt. L. Robson, RANR(S)) departed Langemak Bay to escort a convoy of 14 LCI's to Humboldt Bay. An additional two LCI were to be detached to Aitake while en-route. HMAS Glenelg was to be detached to escort these two LCI's.
The LCI's in question were from LCI(L) Flottilla 22. The following LCI's were part of this convoy USS LCI(L)-224, USS LCI(L)-328, USS LCI(L)-333, USS LCI(L)-357, USS LCI(L)-360, USS LCI(L)-429, USS LCI(L)-433, USS LCI(L)-435, USS LCI(L)-445, USS LCI(L)-976, USS LCI(L)-977 and USS LCI(L)-979.
Two of the LCI(L)'s soon straggled from the convoy, being unable to keep up, these were USS LCL(L)-328 and USS LCL(L)-970. HMAS Glenelg was detached around 2030K/5 to escort these two vessels to Aitape.
While doing so around 1934K/6, HMAS Glenelg obtained a promising A/S contact. She attacked with depth charges and then commenced to hunt the supposed submarine while the two LCI(L)'s continued on unescorted to Aitape.
Around 2100K/6, HMAS Cootamundra was detached from the main convoy to take over the escort of the two LCI(L)'s for Aitape where they eventually arrived around 1200K/7.
Around 2300K/6, HMAS Vendetta, now the sole escort of the remaining 14 LCI(L)'s, obtained an A/S contact. Several attacks were made but no definitive result could be observed.
The main convoy of 14 LCI(L)'s arrived at Humboldt Bay around 1300K/7. HMAS Vendetta remained on A/S patrol until the last LCI(L) had entered and then entered the Bay herself. (1)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for August 1944