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NAVY PUBLIC RELATIONS 70' 406' . '

.IMMEDIATE RELEASE. .

FRIGATE RETIRES, .

One of Australia's older warships, H.M.A.S.

QUICKMATCH* will sail from Sydney tomorrow (Wednesday)

flying her paying-off pennant.

‘ The Minister for the Navy, Senator Gorton, said

today that QUICKMATCH. would go to Williamstown Naval

Dockyard in Melbourne where she would be prepared to join

the reserve fleet.

QUICKMATCH was first commissioned in 1942, and in

the Second World War saw service in the Atlantic, Indian

Ocean and Pacific.

She was originally built as a destroyer by the

Royal Navy, and was transferred to the R.A.N. in the post­

war years. QUICKMATCH underwent a major conversion in the

early 1950's, giving the 2,000 ton vessel a new lease of

life as an anti-submarine frigate.

Quic'kmatch is under the command of Lieutenant-

Commander C.H.C. Spurgeon, R.A.N. of Melbourne.

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Canberra. 23 April, 1963.