Allied Warships

HMAS Kalgoorlie (J 192)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBathurst 
PennantJ 192 
Built byBroken Hill Pty. Ltd. (Whyalla, South Australia, Australia) 
Ordered5 Jun 1940 
Laid down26 Jul 1940 
Launched7 Aug 1941 
Commissioned7 Apr 1942 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy in August 1946 being renamed Ternate.
Transferred to Indonesia in 1949 being renamed Patti Unis.

 

Commands listed for HMAS Kalgoorlie (J 192)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Harold Arthur Litchfield, RANR(S)29 Sep 194117 May 1944
2Lt. Eric John Peel, RAN18 May 194426 Nov 1944
3T/Lt.Cdr. John Smyth McBryde, RANR(S)27 Nov 1944Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Kalgoorlie include:


13 Jun 1942

Convoy OC 2.

This convoy departed Melbourne on 13 June 1942.

This convoy was made up of the following transports; Asphalion (British, 6274 GRT, built 1924), Cycle (Australian, 3952 GRT, built 1939), Daniel Boone (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942), Era (Australian, 3148 GRT, built 1921), Mildura (Australian, 3478 GRT, built 1920) and Themistocles (British, 11231 GRT, built 1911).

On departure from Melbourne the convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMAS Stuart (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN), HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and the minesweeper HMAS Kalgoorlie (T/Lt. H.A. Litchfield, RANR(S)).

Around 0330K/16, HMAS Stuart parted company with the convoy to proceed to Sydney.

The convoy arrived at Newcastle, NSW later the same day after which HMAS Arunta and HMAS Kalgoorlie also proceeded to Sydney where they arrived early in the afternoon of the 16th. (1)

17 Jun 1942

Convoy VK 2.

This convoy departed Sydney on 17 June 1942.

It was made up of the following transports; Birmingham City (American, 6194 GRT, built 1920), Kairanga (New Zealand, 2830 GRT, built 1922), Minsk (Russian, 5858 GRT, built 1919), Narbada (British, 8988 GRT, built 1915), Pegasus (Swedish (tanker), 9583 GRT, built 1930) and Rimutaka (British, 16576 GRT, built 1923).

On departure from Sydney the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Stuart (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN) and the minesweeper HMAS Kalgoorlie (T/Lt. H.A. Litchfield, RANR(S)).

The convoy was dispersed around 0918K/18 in approximate position 33°55'S, 155°12'E.

The escorts then returned to Sydney where HMAS Stuart arrived later on the 18th and HMAS Kalgoorlie in the morning of the 19th. (2)

17 Apr 1943

Convoy CO 89.

This convoy departed from Newcastle on 17 April 1943.

It was made up of the transports; Aeon (Australian, 3763 GRT, built 1913), Barwon (Australian, 4239 GRT, built 1939), Goulburn (Australian, 2367 GRT, built 1920), Honduras (Panamanian, 4524 GRT, built 1915), Mernoo (Australian, 2417 GRT, built 1926) and Wear (Australian, 1869 GRT, built 1911).

On departure from Newcastle, around 0850K/17, the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) and the minesweeper HMAS Kalgoorlie (T/Lt.Cdr. H.A. Litchfield, RANR(S)).

Off Sydney, around 1600K/17, HMAS Stuart parted company to proceed to Sydney. The minesweeper HMAS Warrnambool (Lt.Cdr. N.R. Read, RAN) and the transport Lot Whitcomb (American, 7180 GRT, built 1943) joined the convoy.

Around 0300K/21, HMAS Kalgoorlie parted company with the convoy to join northbound convoy OC 89.

The convoy arrived at Melbourne around 1500K/22.

24 Jun 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. D.R. Wilson, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Brisbane with HMAS Maryborough (Lt.Cdr. (Emgy.) M.W. Lancaster, RAN), HMAS Bendigo (Lt. W. Jackson, RANVR), HMAS Kalgoorlie (T/Lt.Cdr. John Smyth McBryde, RANR(S)) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS Voracious]. (3)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Arunta for June 1942 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Kalgoorlie for June 1942
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Kalgoorlie for June 1942 + War diary Naval Officer in Charge, Sydney for June 1942
  3. ADM 173/20343

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


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