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HMA Ship List WWII


During WW2 a large number of vessels were requisitioned by the Government for war service and by the end of the war in 1945 the total number was 679. During World War Two the RAN lost 38 Ships, of which 14 were combatants and 24 were requisitioned ships.

There were 39 more ships under construction in Australia when war ended in August 1945.




HMAS Australia
HMAS Canberra - Lost off Savo Island 1942
HMAS Perth - Lost in Sunda Strait 1942
HMAS Sydney - Lost with all hands 1941
HMAS Shropshire
HMAS Hobart
HMAS Adelaide




HMAS Arunta
HMAS Bataan
HMAS Napier
HMAS Nepal
HMAS Nestor -Sunk in Med. Sea. 1942
HMAS Nizam
HMAS Norman
HMAS Quiberon
HMAS Quickmatch
HMAS Stuart
HMAS Vampire - Sunk in Bay of Bengal 1942
HMAS Vendetta
HMAS Voyager - Lost off Timor 1942
HMAS Waterhen - Sunk in Mediterraean Sea 1941
HMAS Warramunga




HMAS Moresby
HMAS Warrego
HMAS Parramatta -Sunk in Med. Sea 1941
HMAS Yarra - Sunk off Java -1942.


Armed Merchant Cruisers


HMAS Manoora
HMAS Westralia


Frigates - River Class


HMAS Barcoo
HMAS Burdekin
HMAS Diamantina
HMAS Gascoyne
HMAS Hawkesbury
HMAS Lachlan - Transferred to RNZN 1949


Support Ships


HMAS Kanimbla


Minesweeper/Corvettes (AMS)


HMAS Ararat
HMAS Armidale - Lost off Timor 1942
HMAS Ballarat
HMAS Bathurst
HMAS Benalla
HMAS Bendigo
HMAS Bowen
HMAS Broome
HMAS Bunbury
HMAS Bundaberg
HMAS Burnie
HMAS Cairns
HMAS Castlemaine
HMAS Cessnock
HMAS Colac
HMAS Cootamundra
HMAS Cowra
HMAS Deloraine
HMAS Dubbo
HMAS Echuca - Transferred to RNZN 1952
HMAS Fremantle
HMAS Gawler
HMAS Geelong - Sunk in Collision New Guinea 1944
HMAS Geraldton
HMAS Gladstone
HMAS Glenelg
HMAS Goulburn
HMAS Gympie
HMAS Horsham
HMAS Inverell - Transferred to RNZN 1952
HMAS Ipswich
HMAS Junee
HMAS Kalgoorlie
HMAS Kapunda
HMAS Katoomba
HMAS Kiama - Transferred to RNZN 1952
HMAS Latrobe
HMAS Launceston
HMAS Lismore
HMAS Maryborough
HMAS Mildura
HMAS Parkes
HMAS Pirie
HMAS Rockhampton
HMAS Shepparton
HMAS Stawell - Transferred to RNZN 1952
HMAS Strahan
HMAS Tamworth
HMAS Toowoomba
HMAS Townsville
HMAS Wagga
HMAS Wallaroo - Sunk collision off Fremantle 1943
HMAS Warrnambool - Sunk minesweeping off QLD 1947
HMAS Whyalla
HMAS Wollongong