"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep...He raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves...they reel to and fro and stagger like drunken sailors!" (psalm 107)
Additions to the Navy:
MINESWEEPERS FOR THE R.A.N
In the Senate on November 9th., the Minister for the Navy, Senator Gorton, announced that Cabinet has made a decision in respect of the programme of the Royal Australian Navy.
Senator Gorton said :-
"A firm decision has been taken that the RAN should aquire six modern minesweepers, equipped to hunt for
and destroy modern types of acoustic, magnetic and pressure mines."
"Those minesweepers selected are the "ton" class currently used by NATO navies. Four will be bought
"off the shelf" in the United Kingdom, but modified for Australian climatic conditions. Enquiries will be
made to see if the other two can be built in Australian shipyards at a comparable price and a comparable
delivery date. These ships are of specialist nature constructed of wood and aluminium, with engines designed
with materials specially selected not to activate a sensitive mines, and equiped with the latest devices for
locating and disposing of mines."
NAVY TEETH SHARPENED
The Minister of Defence, Mr. Townley announced on the 30th. June this year (1961) "that work
is about to commense in the United Kingdom on the conversion of a flotilla of six minesweepers
for the RAN. Two of the vessels are to be fitted with special asdic so they can operate as
minehunters. The first four of these ships should be delivered by the end of next year."
ANNOUNCEMENT BY MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
The Minister of Defence, Mr. Townley amnnounced to the Parliament that the six "Ton" class minesweepers for the
RAN had been commissioned in the UK and were on their way to Australia. "I should mention that these units are the
most modern of their type available in the world. They are equipped to deal with acoustic, magnetic and normal moored
mines. Two of the vessels will be specially fitted as mine-hunters."
LONG VOYAGE FROM UK OVER
MINE SWEEPER UNITS ARRIVE HOME
(There is a misconception that the Australian Minesweepers were "Bird Class" because thay were named after aquatic birds species however they were built as "Ton Class" and remained as such. Both the Minister for Defence and the Minister for the Navy refer to the ships as "Ton Class Minesweepers" in the Parliament.)
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