HMAS Kookaburra (A331)
was a Net-class boom defence vessel
of the Royal Australian Navy
(RAN), which served during World War II
was of three ships ordered by the Royal Australian Navy
for use as boom-net defence vessels.David Stevens (2005). A Critical Vulnerability
, pg 103 She was laid down by Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Co.
in Sydney on 4 April 1938, launched on 29 October 1938, and commissioned into the RAN on 28 February 1939.Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Kookaburra (I)
Originally used as boom defence ship and anti-submarine training vessel in Sydney, Kookaburra
was transferred to Darwin in April 1940. Kookaburra
received the battle honour
"Darwin 1942-43" for her wartime service.
On 15 January 1946, Kookaburra
was paid off into reserve, was briefly recommissioned for a voyage to Sydney in 1950, and underwent conversion to a "Special Duties Vessel". Kookaburra
was recommissioned again on 11 May 1956 as a survey and general duties ship.
In July 1952, the ship visited... Read More