HMAS Kookaburra (A331) was a boom defence vessel of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), which served during World War II.
Kookaburra was of three ships ordered by the Royal Australian Navy for use as boom-net defence vessels. She was laid down by Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Co. in Sydney on 4 April 1938, launched on 29 October 1938, and commissioned into the RAN on 28 February 1939.
Originally used as boom defence ship and anti-submarine training vessel in Sydney, Kookaburra was transferred to Darwin in April 1940. The ship served as a boom defense and examination vessel in Darwin, and remained there until the end of World War II, with the exception of a refit in Brisbane between September 1942 and February 1943.
On 15 January 1946, Kookaburra was paid off into reserve, was briefly recommissioned for a voyage to Sydney in 1950, and underwent conversion to a "Special Duties Vessel". Kookaburra was recommissioned again on 11 May 1956 as a survey and general duties ship.
Decommisioning and fate
- David Stevens (2005). A Critical Vulnerability, pg 103
- Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Kookaburra (I)
- Stevens, David (2005). A Critical Vulnerability: the impact of the submarine threat on Australia's maritime defense 1915-1954. Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs (No. 15). Canberra: Sea Power Centre Australia. ISBN 0-642-29625-1. http://www.navy.gov.au/Publication:Papers_in_Australian_Maritime_Affairs_No._15.
- "HMAS Kookaburra (I)". Royal Australian Navy. http://www.navy.gov.au/HMAS_Kookaburra_%28I%29. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
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