HMAS Gascoyne (M 85)

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HMAS Gascoyne (M 85) at Station Pier.JPG
HMAS Gascoyne with sister ship HMAS Norman in the background
Career (Australia)
Name: HMAS Gascoyne (M 85)
Namesake: Gascoyne River
Builder: Australian Defence Industries
Launched: 11 March 2000
Commissioned: 2 June 2001
Homeport: HMAS Waternen
Motto: "Return to the Sea"
Status: Active as of 2009
Badge: HMAS gasgoyne crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Huon class Minehunter Coastal
Displacement: 720 tons
Length: 52.5 metres (172 ft)
Beam: 9.9 metres (32 ft)
Draught: 4.87 metres (16.0 ft)
Propulsion: 1 x 1460 kW Fincantieri GMT Diesel - (Single shaft, controllable pitch propellor)
3 x 124 kW Electro-hydraulic auxiliary propulsion units
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h)
Range: 1,500 nautical miles (2,800 km) at 12 knots (30% fuel remaining)
2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km) at 10 knots (5% fuel remaining)
Complement: 36-40, maximum 6 officers, 7 senior sailors, 27 junior sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
GEC Marconi 2093 variable depth Sonar
Armament: 1 x 30 mm DS30B rapid fire cannon
2 x 0.50 calibre machine guns
2 x SUTEC Double Eagle mine disposal vehicles

HMAS Gascoyne (M 85), named for the Gascoyne River, is the fourth of six Huon class minehunters constructed for and currently in service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Constructed by Australian Defence Industries, Gascoyne was launched on 11 March 2000, and commissioned on 2 June 2001. Gascoyne operates out of HMAS Waterhen.

Operational history

On the morning of 13 March 2009, Gascoyne was one of seventeen warships involved in a ceremonial fleet entry and fleet review in Sydney Harbour, the largest collection of RAN ships since the Australian Bicentenary in 1988.[1] The minehunter was one of the thirteen ships involved in the ceremonial entry through Sydney Heads, and anchored in the harbour for the review.