HMAS Parkes (J 361)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Evans Deakin Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)|
|Ordered||7 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||26 Mar 1943|
|Launched||30 Oct 1943|
|Commissioned||25 May 1944|
|End service||17 Dec 1945|
Decommissioned into Reserve on 17 December 1945.
Commands listed for HMAS Parkes (J 361)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Norris Octavius Vidgen, RANR||1 Jan 1944||20 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Parkes include:
14 Oct 1944
HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) departed Fremantle as escort for the troopship Dunnottar Castle (British, 15007 GRT, built 1936).
On departure from Fremantle a local A/S escort was present made up of the mineseepers HMAS Inverell (Lt. A.I. Chapman, RANR(S)) and HMAS Parkes (Lt.Cdr. N.O. Vidgen, RANR). These returned to Fremantle after a few hours. (1)
22 Oct 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle. She was escorted in by HMAS Parkes (Lt.Cdr. N.O. Vidgen, RANR). (2)
- ADM 53/119651
- ADM 199/1871
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.