HMAS Kookaburra

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HMAS Kookaburra
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Name HMAS Kookaburra
Owner Royal Australian navy
Builder Cockatoo Docks & Engineering Company
Launched 29 Oct 1938
In service 28 Feb 1939
Out of service 15 Jan 1946
In service 11 May 1956
Out of service 3 Dec 1958
Fate sold 1965 scuttled March 1970
General characteristics
Type Net-class Boom Defence Vessel
Tonnage 530 tons
Length 160 ft (49m)
Beam 26 ft 6 in (8.08m)
Depth 10ft 3in (3.12m)
Propulsion single screw
Speed 9.5 knots (17.6 kmh)


Originally intended as a boom defence ship and anti-submarine training vessel in Sydney, Kookaburra was transferred to Darwin in April 1940 to serve as a boom defense and examination vessel. She remained in Darwin until the end of WW II, with the exception of a refit in Brisbane between September 1942 and February 1943.

On 15 Jan 1946, Kookaburra was placed in reserve,with only a brief period recommissioned for a voyage to Sydney in 1950. Following conversion to a "Special Duties Vessel", Kookaburra was recommissioned again on 11 May 1956 as a survey and general duties ship. Kookaburra was decommissioned for the final time on 3 Dec 1958. She was marked for disposal on 24 Jun 1965, sold in August 1965, and scuttled in March 1970.


  • 1 × 3-inch anti-aircraft gun, 2 × Vickers machine guns

Battle Honour

Darwin 1942-43

Crew Members