Destroyer escort HMAS Torrens (DE 53)

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Classification

Type:
type: Destroyer escort

Basic information

Namesake:
The River Torrens is the most significant river of the Adelaide Plains and was one of the reasons for the siting of the city of Adelaide, capital of South Australia.
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Cockatoo Island Dockyard
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Status:
Fate:
Sunk as target, 14 June 1999

Ship measurements

Displacement:
2700 t
Length:
113 m
Beam:
12.49 m
Draught:
4.6 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * English Electric steam turbines
  • 2 * shaft
  • 30,000 shp
  • 2 * JTA 500 kW generators from the steam turbines
  • 2 * KTA 500 kW generators powered from diesels
Speed:
30 knots
Range:
4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)

Crew

Complement:
250

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Mulloka sonar system
  • 8GR-301 surface-search/navigation radar

1991:

  • Krupp Atlas ARPA 8600
  • LW-02 Long Range Air Search Radar
  • M22 Gun Fire Control System
  • M44
  • ELT-901 EW System
Armament:
  • 2 * 4.5 inch Mark 6 guns (1 twin turret)
  • 1 * Limbo Mark 10 anti-submarine mortar
  • 1 * quad Seacat SAM launcher
  • 1 * Ikara ASW system
  • 2 * Mark 32 torpedo tubes (added 1979)

HMAS Torrens (DE 53) was a River-class destroyer escort (a licence-built Type 12I frigate) of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Torrens entered service in 1971, and was active until her decommissioning in 1998.

The ship was sunk as a target by HMAS Farncomb in June 1999. Images and footage of the ship sinking have been used and adapted for various purposes, including in movies and as propaganda.

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