HMAS Derwent DE 49


‘Swift and Deadly’

HMAS DERWENT (F22/DE 22/DE 49) was a River class destroyer escort that served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1964 to 1994.

HMAS DERWENT (DE49) was commissioned on April 30,1964.

HMAS DERWENT (DE 49) was laid down by Williamstown Naval Dockyard in 1959.

During her career, HMAS DERWENT (DE 49) was deployed to South East Asia on 23 occasions, including operations during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation, and escort of the troopship HMAS SYDNEY to and from the Vietnam War. Multiple flag-showing cruises were also embarked upon, with port visits throughout Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean.

HMAS DERWENT (DE49) was named after the Derwent River in Tasmania.

Photo: HMAS DERWENT (DE 49) at sea. Photo from the HMAS DERWENT Association.

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