HMAS Quickmatch

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HMAS Quickmatch
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ww2 version - Navy photo
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HMAS Quickmatch in 1955
Name HMAS Quickmatch
Owner RAN
Builder J. Samuel White & Co
Launched 11 Apr 1942
Completed 14 Sep 1942
In service 14 Sep 1942
Out of service 15 May 1950
In service 23 Sep 1955
Out of service 26 Apr 1963
Reclassified Anti-submarine frigate
Fate Used as barracks ship until 1972, when she was sold for scrap
General characteristics
Type Q Class Destroyer
Tonnage 2,420 tons
Length 358 ft 3 in (109.19m)
Beam 35 ft 8 in (10.87m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 31 knots (57 kmh)
Capacity 220 crew


One of eight Q-class destroyers, she was operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Although commissioned into the RAN in 1942, the ship was initially the property of the Royal Navy. Quickmatch served with both the British Eastern Fleet and British Pacific Fleet during World War II. From October 1942, Quickmatch operated as a convoy escort vessel; initially in British waters, then in the South Atlantic, then in the Indian Ocean. While in the Indian Ocean, the ship was assigned to a force dedicated to covering convoys between the Gulf of Aden and India.

In October 1943, Quickmatch underwent a refit before remaining in Australian waters until March 1945, when she was reassigned to the British Pacific Fleet. Quickmatch took part in operations in support of the American seizure of Okinawa and attacks on the Japanese home islands.

In the 1950s, the destroyer was converted into an anti-submarine frigate. In 1957, Quickmatch operated in support of Malaya during the Malayan Emergency. The ship remained in service until 1963, and after use as an accommodation ship, was sold for scrap in 1972.


  • 4 × QF 4.7 inch Mk IX guns
  • 1 × quadruple 2-pounder pom-pom
  • 6 × 20 mm Oerlikon guns
  • 4 × Depth charge throwers
  • 2 × quadruple 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tube sets

Battle Honours

  • English Channel 1942
  • Atlantic 1943
  • Indian Ocean 1943–44
  • Sabang 1944
  • Pacific 1944–45
  • Okinawa 1945
  • Malaya 1957