- HMAS Stuart (DE 48)
HMAS "Stuart" (F 21/DE 48) was one of six "River" class destroyer escorts built for the
Royal Australian Navy(RAN).
HMAS "Stuart" was laid down by
Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Companyin Sydney on 20 March 1959. She was launched on 8 April 1961 by Mrs. J. G. Gorton, wife of the Minister for the Navyand commissioned into the RAN in Sydney on 28 June 1963.
HMAS "Stuart" was the first ship in the RAN to conduct trials on the Seacat short range anti-air missile system and the Australian designed and manufactured
Ikaraanti-submarine missile system.
From late 1968 until 1969, "Stuart" was designated Flagship of the RAN, while the aircraft carrier HMAS "Melbourne" underwent a major refit.Trevor Weaver (1994). "Q class Destroyers and Frigates of the Royal Australian Navy", pg 214]
In 1979, "Stuart" began an extensive modernisation involving the fitting of new sensor and weapons systems, such as the Australian designed and built
Mullokasonar system, SPS-55surface-search/navigation radar, and a pair of Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes. Conditions of habitability were also improved.
In January 1984 ,"Stuart" became the first major RAN warship to be homeported in Western Australia.
In 1987 she returned to Sydney for a six month refit, followed by six months in the training squadron with HMAS "Stalwart" and HMAS "Jervis Bay". In November 1988, she returned for her second homeporting in Western Australia.
HMAS "Stuart", nicknamed "the Tartan Terror", was paid off into reserve on 26 July 1991. She was later sold for scrapping
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