HMAS Lithgow (J206)

Lithgow at Milne Bay, Papua, c.1943. Photo in the collection of the Australian War Memorial.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1940
Launched
1940
Commissioned
1941
Decommissioned
1948
AD/BC
AD
History

HMAS Lithgow (J206) was a Bathurst-class corvette, built in Sydney, and commissioned 14 June, 1941. Standard armament consisted of a 4" Mark XIX gun (seen forward), and three Oerlikon 20mm cannons. Additionally, she could be fitted with either depth charges or minesweeping equipment, which could be switched out between missions. Lithgow was used in defense of Australia, participating in the sinking of the submarine I-124 off Darwin on 20 January, 1942. By 1943, she had moved up to New Guinea, and she helped search for survivors from the hospital ship AHS Centaur after the latter was torpedoed in May. Decommissioned 8 June, 1948, Lithgow was kept in reserve until 8 August, 1956, when she was sold for scrapping in Hong Kong.