HMAS Parramatta (III)
River Class
Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Co Ltd, Sydney
Laid Down
3 January 1957
31 January 1959
Launched by
Lady Dowling, wife of the First Naval Member and Chief of Naval Staff
4 July 1961
11 January 1991
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 2700 tons
Length 370 feet
Beam 41 feet
Draught 15 feet
Speed 30 knots
Crew 250
Machinery Babcock & Wilcox geared turbines
Horsepower 30,000
  • Seacat anti-air missile system
  • Ikara anti-submarine missile system
Guns 2 x 4.5-inch guns
Other Armament Triple barrelled anti-submarine mortar
Inherited Battle Honours
Battle Honours MALAYSIA 1964-66
HMAS Parramatta (III) Badge


HMAS Parramatta commissioned at Sydney on 4 July 1961 under the command of Commander Guy Griffiths, DSC, RAN. She was the first of six new River Class destroyer escorts built for the RAN.

Parramatta completed several overseas deployments and spent many months on the Australia station. One of her early career highlights was the escort of the Royal Yacht Britannia during the visit of Her Majesty the Queen in 1963.

HMAS Parramatta was the first of six River Class Destroyer Escorts to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy
HMAS Parramatta was the first of six River Class Destroyer Escorts to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy.

Parramatta had active service during the Vietnam War, escorting the fast troop transport HMAS Sydney (III) to Vung Tau, Vietnam, in 1965, 1968 and 1971. She also served on patrol duties between 1964 and 1966 during the Indonesian Confrontation.

In July 1976 Parramatta was diverted to the Indonesian island of Bali to provide humanitarian relief following an earthquake which killed over 500 Balinese and injured another 3,000.

She was decommissioned on 3 June 1977 for modernisation and refit at Williamstown Naval Dockyard, and on completion recommissioned on 26 August 1981 under the command of Commander KH MacGowan, RAN.

Highlights of her second commission included a rare visit to the Peoples Republic of China in 1986 and participation in 1986 Royal Australian Navy 75th Anniversary Naval Review and the Bicentennial Naval Salute in 1988.

Parramatta was decommissioned on 11 January 1991 as the River Class Destroyer Escorts were replaced by the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates. She was sold to a Pakistani company and towed from Australia October 1991 to be broken up.

HMAS Parramatta in Sydney Harbour
HMAS Parramatta in Sydney Harbour.