Destroyer escort HMAS Stuart (DE 48)

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Basic information

Country of build:
Laid down:
Commissioned (service):
Decommissioned (out):
Broken up for scrap

Ship measurements

2,750 t
112.8 m
Beam (waterline):
12.49 m
5.18 m


  • 2 * English Electric steam turbines
  • 2 * shaft
  • 30,000 shp
31.9 knots

Combat assets

  • LW02 long range air warning radar

Added 1979:

  • Mulloka sonar system
  • SPS-55 surface-search/navigation radar
  • Mark 22 fire control radar
  • Other system for different units


  • 2 * 4.5 inch Mark 6 guns (1 twin turret)
  • 2 * Limbo Mark 10 anti-submarine mortar

1979 refit:

  • 1 * quad Seacat SAM launcher
  • 1 * Ikara ASW system
  • 2 * Mark 32 torpedo tubes

HMAS Stuart (F21/DE 48) was one of six River-class destroyer escorts (a licence-built Type 12M frigate) built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The ship was laid down by the Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Company at Cockatoo Island Dockyard in 1959, and commissioned into the RAN in 1963.

During the ship's career, Stuart achieved a number of historical firsts: she was the first RAN ship to fly the Australian White Ensign, and the first major vessel to be homeported at Fleet Base West.

Stuart was paid off in 1991, a year later than originally planned; RAN commitments to the Gulf War saw several warships deployed to the Middle East, and Stuart was retained in service to boost local defence. The destroyer escort was sold for scrapping.

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