|Ship Class||Tribal-class Destroyer|
|Builder Name||Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Proprietary Ltd, Sydney, Australia|
|Laid Down||18 Feb 1942|
|Launched||15 Feb 1944|
|Commissioned||25 May 1945|
|Displacement||1,970 tons standard; 2,675 tons full|
|Machinery||Parsons geared turbines; 3 admiralty 3-drum boilers|
|Power Output||44,000 SHP|
|Armament||3x2 4.7in guns, 1x2 4in AA gun, 1x4 2pdr AA, 6x1 40mm 1X4 21in TT|
Contributor: Alan Chanter
ww2dbaseBataan was the only Tribal-Class Destroyer not to be named after a people or nation of the British Empire. On the 9th of Auguist 1942 the Australian cruiser Canberra was sunk whilst operating with US forces at the battle of Savo Island. To honour of the brave fight that the Canberra had put up the USN decided to name one of their new cruisers Canberra. To return the compliment the Australians decreed that the Destroyer Kurnai, at that time under construction, should be renamed Bataan, in honour of US General Douglas MacArthur who had spent much of the war based in Australia.
ww2dbaseBataan's wartime career was rather brief. In July 1945, commanded by Cdr H.M. Burrell RAN, she joined Task Force 74 in Subic Bay in order to participate in the final assault on the Japanese mainland. With the surrender however, she sailed as part of the occupation force and was present at the formal signing of surrender in Tokyo Bay on the 2nd September 1945.
ww2dbasePost War, Bataan saw considerable service during the Korean Conflict, but in 1954 was placed in reserve, pending conversion to an Anti-submarine escort. This conversion was canceled in 1957 and Bataan was sold to the Japanese firm Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Limited for scrap during the following year.
Last Major Revision: Dec 2007
Bataan (Tribal-class) Operational Timeline
|25 May 1945||Bataan (Tribal-class) was commissioned into service.|
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