Following World War 2 the New Zealand Government modernised the Royal New Zealand Navy by obtaining from Britain the loan of two modern cruisers and purchase of six Loch class anti-submarine frigates.
An offer to purchase four Bathhurst minesweepers from Australia in 1952 resulted in Australia gifting four surplus minesweepers, HMAS Echuca, Stawell, Kiama and Inverell, to New Zealand.
This book records the history of the Bathurst class ships and some of the stories of those who served in them during their long service to New Zealand.
Summary of book contents are:
Acquisition Bathurst’s early history
The Australian Role
World War II History
Post War History
The last RAN Operational Bathurst
The RAN History of the Kiwi Ships
Australian Bathurst Memorials
Delivery to New Zealand
Mobilisation and Reserve
New Zealand Service
New Zealand Memorials
Soft cover, A4 size, 170 pages, photographs