HMAS
Gascoyne
(II)

Commanding Officer
Class
Huon Class
Type
Role Mine Warfare
Pennant
M 85
Motto
Return to the Sea
Home Port
Builder
ADI Newcastle
Launched
11 March 2000
Commissioned
2 June 2001
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 732 tonnes
Length 52.5 metres
Beam 9.9 metres
Draught 3 metres
Performance
Speed 14 knots
Range 1600 nautical miles
Complement
Crew 46
Propulsion
Machinery
  • 1 x Fincantieri GMT diesel
  • 3 x Isotta Fraschini 1300 diesels
  • 3 x electrohydraulic motors
  • Riva Calzoni retractable/rotatable APUs
Armament
Guns 1 x MSI DS 30B 30mm
Physical Countermeasures
  • 2 x Bofors SUTEC Double-Eagle Mk 2 mine disposal vehicles
  • 2 x MEL Aviation Super Barricade chaff launchers
Electronic Countermeasures AWADI Prism
Radars Kelvin Hughes 1007
Sonars GEC-Marconi Type 2093
Combat Data Systems GEC-Marconi Nautis 2M
Weapon Control Systems Radamec 1400N optronic surveillance system
Awards
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Gascoyne (II) badge

Gascoyne is the fourth of the six Huon Class Minehunters (MHC). She was launched on11 March 2000 and is based in Sydney at HMAS Waterhen. A large minehunter by world standards, the 720 tonne, 52.5 metre MHC is propelled by a V8 diesel engine driving a controllable pitch propeller in transit, and three retractable thrusters whilst minehunting.

Gascoyne is the second RAN ship to carry the name, the original was Australia's first River Class anti-submarine frigate that served with distinction during World War II. In October 1944, whilst surveying for the US landings at Leyte Gulf, Gascoyne (I) experienced 39 air attacks and saw 30 Japanese aircraft destroyed. In July 1945, she provided bombardment support for the Australian troop landings in the Balikpapan area of Borneo.

Origins of the Gascoyne name

The Gascoyne is an area of undefined boundaries in the north west of Western Australia. The area takes its name from the Gascoyne River, Western Australia's longest river (820 km) that lays approximately 800 km north of Perth. George Grey named it in 1839 “after my friend, CAPT J. Gascoyne”. The original HMAS Gascoyne was named after this river.

The Gascoyne Region is about twice the size of Tasmania and incorporates some key coastal geographic features including: Ningaloo Reef and Marine Park, Coral Bay, Cape Range National Park and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The region also contains Mt Augustus – the world's largest monocline.

While the region’s population is only 9,700, it still attracts a number of tourists and mid-term visitors, which provide a significant input to the region’s economic base. Fishing, mining, horticulture and pastoralism also contribute to The Gascoyne Region’s economy.