Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 32. Chapters: HMAS Curlew, HMAS Gull, HMAS Hawk (M 1139), HMAS Ibis (M 1183), HMAS Snipe, HMAS Teal, HMNZS Hickleton (M1131), HMNZS Santon (M1178), HMS Altham (M2602), HMS Asheldham (M2604), HMS Bedham (M2606), HMS Belton (M1199), HMS Bodenham (M2609), HMS Boreham (M2610), HMS Bronington (M1115), HMS Chilcompton (M1122), HMS Cordella, HMS Felmersham (M2627), HMS Fittleton (M1136), HMS Frettenham (M2701), HMS Greetham (M2632), HMS Halcyon (J42), HMS Harpham (M2634), HMS Hildersham (M2705), HMS Hodgeston (M1146), HMS Isham (M2703), HMS Iveston (M1151), HMS Jason (J99), HMS Kellington (M1154), HMS Kemerton (M1156), HMS Kingham (M2704), HMS Kirkliston (M1157), HMS Littleham (M2707), HMS Mersham (M2709), HMS Mileham (M2711), HMS Neasham (M2712), HMS Ottringham (M2715), HMS Petersham (M2718), HMS Pineham (M2719), HMS Popham (M2782), HMS Rendlesham (M2724), HMS Riplingham (M2725), HMS Seagull (J85), HMS Shoulton (M1182), HMS Sparham (M2731), HMS Stedham (M2730), HMS Sulham (M2732), HMS Tibenham (M2734), HMS Wexham (M2738), HMS Whippingham (M2739), HMS Wilton (M1116), HMS Wintringham (M2777), LÉ Banba (CM11), LÉ Fola (CM12), LÉ Grainne (CM10), River class minesweeper, SAS Walvisbaai, Ton class minesweeper. Excerpt: The Ton class were coastal minesweepers built in the 1950s for the Royal Navy, but also used by other navies such as the South African Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. They were intended to meet the threat of seabed mines laid in shallow coastal waters, rivers, ports and harbours, a task for which the existing ocean-going minesweepers of the Algerine class were not suited. The design of the class was led by the shipyard John I. Thornycroft & Company, and drew on lessons learnt in the Korean War, and numbered 119 vessels. They were diesel powered vessels of 440 tons displacement fully laden, constructed of wood and other non-ferromagnetic materials. Their small displacement and shallow draft gave them some protection against pressure and contact mines, and allowed them to navigate in shallow inshore waters. Primary armament was one Bofors 40 mm gun, although the South African variants also had an Oerlikon 20 mm cannon behind the funnel. RN vessels also had the same but were gradually removed and an M2 Browning machine gun mounted midships. Sweeping equipment was provided for moored mines and magnetic mines. Many of the class were converted to minehunters by the incorporation of active rudders and the installation of the Type 193 minehunting sonar and associated equipment, including a very welcome enclosed bridge (The exception being HMS Highburton who retained her open bridge until de-commissioning in the 1970s, this actually becoming a source of manliness to her crew when meeting other Ton crews). These vessels only retained mechanical "Oropesa" sweep capability. The class served as patrol vessels in Borneo, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong. The minehunters played a significant role in the Suez Canal clearance after the Yom Kippur war. They also provided the backbone of the UK's Fishery Protection Squadron (4th MCM). Five of the class in Royal Navy Service were permanently converted to patrol craft for service policing Hong Kong's territorial waters in 19
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