HMAS Swan (U74)

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HMAS Swan in 1945
Career (Australia (RAN)) RAN Ensign
Namesake: Swan River
Builder: Cockatoo Island Dockyard
Laid down: 1 May 1935
Launched: 28 March 1936
Commissioned: 21 January 1937
Decommissioned: 20 September 1962
Reclassified: Training ship (1956-1962)
Motto: "Forward"
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Class and type: Grimbsy class sloop
Displacement: 1,060 tons (standard), 1,515 tons (full load)
Length: 266 ft (81 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Propulsion: Parsons, steam turbines, 2 shafts. 2,000 shp
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h)
Complement: 135

3 x QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk V anti-aircraft guns
(replaced by, from 1944) :
4 x QF 4 inch Mk XVI guns in 2 twin mounts[1]
4 x QF 3 pounder guns
1 x MG
2 x Depth Charge Throwers

2 x twin tubes for 21 inch torpedoes

HMAS Swan (U74/F74/A427), named for the Swan River, was a Grimsby class sloop of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) that served during World War II.


Swan was laid down by the Cockatoo Island Dockyard at Sydney, New South Wales on 1 May 1935. She was launched on 28 March 1936, and commissioned into the RAN on 21 January 1937.

Operational history

World War II

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4-in twin Mk XVI guns on HMAS Swan in action, 26 February 1945

Swan served as an escort and patrol vessel during World War II and escorted many convoys in Australian waters and the South-West Pacific. Swan was damaged during the first air raid on Darwin on 19 February 1942.

General Eather, GOC Australian 11th Division, accepted the surrender of Japanese forces in New Ireland from General Ito on board Swan on 18 September 1945. From late 1945 to August 1948 she was used to command the RAN's minesweeping operation in Australian and New Guinean waters.


Swan paid off to reserve on 18 August 1950, was converted to a training ship between October 1954 and February 1956 and recommissioned on 10 February 1956.

Decommissioning and fate

Swan paid off for disposal on 20 September 1962 and was sold for scrap to Hurley and Dewhurst of Sydney on 5 June 1964.


  1. AWM caption for photo ID Number: 301383 states that the 3 4-inch Mk V guns were replaced by twin 4-inch Mk XVI guns in positions A & X, and by a 40mm Bofors AA gun in B position"


  • Warships of Australia, Ross Gillett, Illustrations Colin Graham, Rigby Limited, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0472-7

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