HMAS
Quality

HMAS Quality
Class
Q Class
Type
Destroyer
Pennant
G62
Laid Down
10 October 1940
Launched
6 October 1941
Commissioned
7 September 1942
Decommissioned
25 January 1946
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 1,705 tons
Length 358 feet 9 inches
Beam 35 feet 9 inches
Draught 9 feet 6 inches
Performance
Speed 36.5 knots
Armament
Guns
  • 4 x 4.7-inch guns
  • 8 x 2-pounder Pom-Poms
Torpedoes 8 x 21 inch torpedo tubes
HMAS Quality Badge

Quality was one of eight Q Class destroyers built for the Royal Navy. She commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Quality on 7 September 1942.

During World War II she served with the Royal Navy in the South Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

Quality was transferred on loan from the Royal Navy to the Royal Australian Navy on 8 October 1945. She commissioned as HMAS Quality on 28 November 1945.

Quality served mainly in eastern Australian waters, with visits to New Zealand and Manus Island, before paying off into Reserve on 25 January 1946. In June 1950 the ship's transfer to the Royal Australian Navy was made permanent. Unlike her sister ships which were converted to anti-submarine frigates in the early 1950s, Quality did not see further service and was sold for scrap on 10 April 1958 to Mitsubishi Ltd, Tokyo.

Further Reading

  1. Q Class Destroyers and Frigates of the Royal Australian Navy: Destroyers 1942-1956 Frigates 1953-1972 by Trevor Weaver. The Naval Historical Society of Australia, Garden Island 1994.