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HMAS Torrens (DE 53)

Price: $89.00 (inc. GST) Product ID: NM0018
Framed Size: 55 x 45 cm

HMAS TORRENS (DE 53), a River Class Destroyer Escort was constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at Cockatoo Island Dockyard as ship number 224.  She was laid down on 16 August 1965, launched on 28 September 1968 and completed on 18 January 1971. Overall length was 372 feet and displacement was 2750 tons.

TORRENS (II) and her sister ship HMAS SWAN (III), were the final two River Class DE's constructed for the RAN. The first four ships, HMAS PARRAMATTA, YARRA, STUART and DERWENT, were a modified version of the Royal Navy's Type 12 Whitby and Rothesay Class Frigates. SWAN and TORRENS were a derivation of the Royal Navy's Leander Class Frigate, which was itself a development of the Type 12.

HMAS Torrens paid off in 1998 and was sunk by the RAN with a single Mk48 wire guided torpedo fired from the Collins Class Submarine HMAS FARNCOMB as a stationary target from a submerged position over the horizon off Western Australia on June 14th 1999. Digitally edited film of the torpedo hitting the hulk of TORRENS was used in the movie Pearl Harbor, and one of the photos was used as Hezbollah propaganda. Her gun turret was donated to the South Western City of Albany.


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