Anti-submarine and RDF Training Vessel
Coastal Construction Company Ltd, Montrose, Scotland
13 January 1926
30 September 1940
23 November 1945
|Dimensions & Displacement|
|Length||204 feet 2 inches|
|Beam||31 feet 1 inch|
|Draught||11 feet 10 inches|
|Machinery||Six-cylinder oil engine, single screw, 233 NHP|
|Other Armament||2 depth charge throwers|
MV Kybra was a single screw passenger and cargo motor vessel built for the Government of Western Australia by the Coastal Construction Company of Montrose, Scotland. She was requisition for naval service on 8 July 1940. That day, after discharging a cargo at Esperance, WA, she sailed for Sydney to be fitted out as an auxiliary anti-submarine vessel. She arrived in Sydney on 16 July.
She was commissioned HMAS Kybra on 30 September 1940 as a tender to the anti-submarine training establishment, HMAS Rushcutter, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Basil T. Brewster, DSC, RN. Over the next five years she served in eastern Australian waters mainly off the NSW coast but as far north as Townsville and as far south as Devonport.
In June 1942, with the institution of the convoy system, Kybra began operations as an escort vessel out of Sydney. In March the following year, she was attached as a seagoing radar training ship to the RAN radar school located at South Head, later named HMAS Watson. She was later relieved in this capacity by HMAS Yandra. On 12 May 1943, she escorted SS Ormiston, damaged after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, back into Sydney.
On 19 October 1945, Kybra departed Sydney to return to Western Australia. She decommissioned at Fremantle on 23 November 1945 and was returned to her owners on 25 March the following year. She was sold to Panamanian interests in 1957 and later re-sold to a Singapore company and re-named Floretta. She departed Fremantle in tow on 28 February 1958 bound for Singapore.
30/9/1940 – Lieutenant Commander B.T. Brewster, DSC, RN
16/10/1940 – Lieutenant Commander G.L. Cant, RAN
13/1/1941 – Lieutenant J.M. Little, RANR(S)
7/6/1942 – Lieutenant Commander N.R. Read, RAN
28/3/1943 – Lieutenant Commander E.J. Barron, RANR(S)
10/1943 – Lieutenant R.V.A. Corbett, RANR(S)
20/6/1945 – Lieutenant T.O. Kolts, RANVR