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  HMAS Lithgow J206
RAN
Bathurst class corvette

650 Tons
1,025 Tons (loaded)
186' x 31' x 10'
1 x 4" deck gun
3 x 40mm AA

Ship History
Built by Mort's Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney. Laid down August 19, 1940. Launched December 21, 1940. Comissioned June 14, 1941. Named in honor of the city of Lithgow, New South Wales.

Wartime History
On January 21, 1942 Lithgow, with USS Edsall DD-219, HMAS Katoomba, and HMAS Deloraine, sank Japanese submarine I-124 off Darwin, the first enemy submarine sunk in Australian waters, on 20 January 1942.

During May 1943, Lithgow was one of several ships to search for survivors following the torpedoing of AHS Centaur.

During 1945, operated off Bougainville under the command of Captain Fowler.

On August 20, 1945 off southern Bougainville near Kahili (Buin) a Japanese Daihatsu landing barge carrying a Japanese Army envoy for Lt. General Kanda, commander of the 17 Army Group was escorted by ML 818 to HMAS Lithgow for surrender negotiations and afterwards returns to Torokina.

During World War II service, the ship earned three battle honors for her wartime service: "Darwin 1942", "Pacific 1941-45", and "New Guinea 1942-44".

Postwar
On June 8, 1948 decommissioned and sold for scrap to Hong Kong Delta Shipping Company on August 8, 1956 and scrapped sometime afterwards.

Memorials
Lithgow is recognized on a memorial plaque In memory of those who served HMA Ships [location unknown] dedicated by the RAN Corvette Associations of Australia in recognition of each of the 56 Australian built Second World War RAN corvettes.

References
AWM "Japanese envoys meet Australians" F01634 cine footage Lithgow August 20, 1945 off Kahili (Buin) 01:59 - 03:50

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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