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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 174. Not illustrated. Chapters: Bathurst Class Corvettes, World War Ii Corvettes of Australia, List of Bathurst Class Corvettes, Hmas Armidale, Hmas Kiama, Hmas Whyalla, Hmas Goulburn, Hmas Ballarat, Hmas Deloraine, Hmas Kalgoorlie, Hmas Burnie, Hmas Inverell, Hmas Colac, Hmas Wollongong, Hmas Benalla, Hmas Pirie, Hmas Cootamundra, Hmas Wagga, Hmas Castlemaine, Hmas Ipswich, Hmas Geraldton, Hmas Gawler, Hmas Katoomba, Hmas Ararat, Hmas Cairns, Hmas Warrnambool, Hmas Launceston, Hmas Echuca, Hmas Latrobe, Hmas Geelong, Hmas Gladstone, Hmas Kapunda, Hmas Glenelg, Hmas Junee, Hmas Stawell, Hmas Bathurst, Hmas Rockhampton, Hmas Cessnock, Hmas Tamworth, Hmas Townsville, Hmas Fremantle, Hmas Cowra, Hmas Wallaroo, Hmas Gympie, Hmas Strahan, Hmas Dubbo, Hmas Lismore, Hmas Mildura, Hmas Shepparton, Hmas Lithgow, Hmas Broome, Hmas Horsham, Hmas Maryborough, Hmas Bendigo, Hmas Parkes, Hmas Bundaberg, Hmas Bunbury, Hmas Bowen. Excerpt: The Bathurst class corvettes were a class of general purpose vessels produced in Australia during World War II. Originally classed as minesweepers, but widely referred to as corvettes the Bathurst class vessels fulfilled a broad anti-submarine and anti-mine role. 60 Bathurst class corvettes in total were commissioned; 36 for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), 20 for the British Admiralty (although ordered by the UK they were crewed by Australians and commissioned into the RAN), and 4 for the Indian Navy. All 60 ships were designed and constructed in Australia. In the late 1930s, the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board identified the need to design a general purpose 'local defence vessel' that was easy to construct and operate. The ships had to be capable of both anti-submarine and mine-warfare duties. Early specifications required a design of approximately 500 tons, with a speed of at least 10 knots (19 km/h), a...
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