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HMAS Stawell

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HMAS Stawell (J348/M348) was a named for the town of Stawell, Victoria. Sixty Bathurst-class corvettes were constructed during World War II, and Stawell was one of 36 initially manned and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The corvette later served in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as HMNZS Stawell. Design and construction Bathurst-class corvette In 1938, the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board (ACNB) identified the need for a general purpose 'local defence vessel' capable of both anti-submarine and mine-warfare duties, while easy to construct and operate. The vessel was initially envisaged as having a displacement of approximately 500 tons, a speed of at least , and a range of The opportunity to build a prototype in the place of a cancelled saw the proposed design increased to a 680-ton vessel, with a top speed, and a range of , armed with a gun, equipped with asdic, and able to fitted with either depth charges or minesweeping eq
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