HMAS
Karangi

HMAS Karangi (I)
Type
Boom Defence Vessel
Pennant
A304
Builder
Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Co Ltd, Sydney
Laid Down
5 February 1941
Launched
16 August 1941
Commissioned
23 December 1941
Decommissioned
31 May 1957
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 768 tons
Length 178 feet 3 inches
Beam 32 feet 6 inches
Draught 11 feet 3 inches
Performance
Speed 11.5 knots
Complement
Crew 32
Propulsion
Machinery Triple expansion inverted cylinder
Armament
Guns
  • 1 x 12 pounder 12 cwt in High Angle Mk IV mounting on aft boat deck
  • 2 x 20mm Oerlikons
  • 2 x .303 inch Vickers MG
Awards
Battle Honours DARWIN 1942–43

HMAS Karangi was the third Boom Defence Vessel constructed by Cockatoo Island Dockyard to a design similar to that of the Royal Navy Bar class. Her sister ships were HMA Ships Kangaroo and Koala.

Karangi arrived in Darwin for Boom Defence service on 24 January 1942. She was present during the Japanese large scale carrier borne air attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 and during subsequent service in the area experienced numerous air raids but escaped damage.

HMAS Karangi commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 December 1941. She was the third Boom Defence Vessel constructed by Cockatoo Island Dockyard
HMAS Karangi commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 December 1941. She was the third Boom Defence Vessel constructed by Cockatoo Island Dockyard

With the exception of a period of refitting in Brisbane, Karangi served at Darwin until the end of 1943. In mid 1944 she proceeded to Fremantle in western Australia where she remained until August 1952 carrying out various duties in north-west Australian waters.

On 5 September 1952 she returned to Sydney for refitting that kept her in the hands of the dockyards of Garden Island and Williamstown, Victoria, until May 1953. Returning to Fremantle on 6 June 1953, Karangi began a further period of duty in western Australia which lasted until 30 September 1954, when she paid off into reserve.

In April 1955 she was brought back into service at Fremantle and served mainly in the north-western area until March 1957. Later she proceeded to Sydney where she was placed in un-maintained Reserve on 31 May 1957. During 16 years of sea-going service Karangi steamed 73,000 miles. She was removed from the Navy list in 1964 and declared for disposal.