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HMAS Bathurst

Two Royal Australian Navy vessels have been named after the city of Bathurst.  The original HMAS Bathurst was one of 60 Australian minesweepers built during World War II. She weighed 733 tons and was 186 feet long (approximately 60 metres). The HMAS Bathurst had a top speed of 15 knots and a crew of 85.

On July 31 1940 the Mayor of Bathurst, Ald P J Moodie was informed that a corvette type war vessel was to be launched and named after the city of Bathurst as it was considered to be one of the oldest and most historic cities in the country.  HMAS Bathurst was commissioned in Sydney on 6 December 1940 under the command of Lieutenant Commander A V Bunyan.

HMAS Bathurst began service as a unit of the 21st Minesweeping Flotilla operating and patrolling the east coast of Australia. In March 1941 she left Australian waters to operate as a patrol vessel based off the coast of Singapore until 26 May 1941.

On 25 August 1941 HMAS Bathurst patrolled the Gulf of Tajura in French Somaliland for three and a half months, then proceeded to Colombo.  During 1942 the ship was based there for escort and patrol duties. At this stage in her career, she had steamed over 70,000 nautical miles and had escorted more than one million tons of shipping without loss. She continued her escort duties between Bombay and Colombo until 1945.

On 9 December 1945 HMAS Bathurst's navy career came to end when she returned to Sydney after having travelled 160,165 nautical miles. On 27 September 1946 she was placed in reserve for disposal and sold in June 1948 to T Carr and Co of Sydney. She sank at mooring in Sydney Harbour in June 1950.

The second HMAS Bathurst called HMAS Bathurst II or NUSHIP Bathurst was officially commissioned on 10 February 2006 with Bathurst Mayor, Councillor Norm Mann attending the ceremony along with veterans from the first HMAS Bathurst.  In command was Lieutenant Commander Andrew Paul Quin. 

NUSHIP Bathurst is one of three Armidale class patrol boats that protects Australia's coastline. Her purpose is to intercept and apprehend vessels suspected of illegal fishing, quarantine, customs and immigration offences. The Armidale Class is a patrol boat that has increased range and surveillance as well as state of the art tools and equipment.

The boat only requires 21 crew members to operate her compared to 85 on the original HMAS Bathurst. The NUSHIP has a displacement of 300 tons 77 tons lighter than the original HMAS Bathurst and is 56.8 metres long.