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|Tonnage||1580 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||332'6" by 3'9" by 12'6"
101.3m by 9.7m by 3.8m
|Maximum speed||30 knots|
1 3"/40 AA gun
4 2pdr guns
6x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
1 light machine gun
2 depth charge throwers
2 depth charge tracks
||2-shaft Brown-Curtis geared
turbine (40,000 shp)
4 Yarrow boilers
|Bunkerage||484 tons fuel oil|
|Range||5500 nautical miles (10,000 km) at 15 knots|
||Type 271 radar
||1945: Converted to a fast transport.
Armament reduced to 1 4"/45
DP gun, 3x1 2pdr guns, and 1x2 and 3x1 20mm guns.
The Stuart was a Scott-class destroyer completed in 1918 in a British yard and transferred to Australia. She was elderly and, although designed for 36.5 knots, could probably not make more than 30. Unfit for anything but convoy escort duty, she nonetheless had a distinguished career in the Mediterranean early in the European war, participating in the Battle of Calabria and the Battle of Malapan, the evacuation of Crete, and the supply convoys to Tobruk. She was gradually stripped of her main gun armament and torpedoes in favor of antiaircraft and antisubmarine gear.
She was undergoing refit in Australia when war
broke out in the Pacific. This was completed by late 1942 and she
served with U.S. 7 Fleet in New Guinea for the remainder of
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