HMAS Bandolier (P 95)

HMAS Bandolier (P 95) was an Attack-class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

History
Australia
Builder: Walkers Limited
Launched: 2 October 1968
Commissioned: 14 December 1968
Decommissioned: 16 November 1973
Fate: Sold to Indonesian Navy
Indonesia
Name: Sibarau
Status: Sank in December 2017
General characteristics
Class and type: Attack-class patrol boat
Displacement:
  • 100 tons standard
  • 146 tons full load
Length: 107.6 ft (32.8 m) oa
Beam: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Draught:
  • 6.4 ft (2.0 m) at standard load
  • 7.3 ft (2.2 m) at full load
Propulsion:
  • 2 × 16-cylinder Paxman YJCM diesel engines
  • 3,460 shp (2,580 kW)
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Range: 1,200 nautical miles (2,200 km; 1,400 mi) at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 3 officers, 16 sailors
Armament:

Design and construction

The Attack class was ordered in 1964 to operate in Australian waters as patrol boats (based on lessons learned through using the Ton-class minesweepers on patrols of Borneo during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation, and to replace a variety of old patrol, search-and-rescue, and general-purpose craft.[1] Initially, nine were ordered for the RAN, with another five for Papua New Guinea's Australian-run coastal security force, although another six ships were ordered to bring the class to twenty vessels.[1] The patrol boats had a displacement of 100 tons at standard load and 146 tons at full load, were 107.6 feet (32.8 m) in length overall, had a beam of 20 feet (6.1 m), and draughts of 6.4 feet (2.0 m) at standard load, and 7.3 feet (2.2 m) at full load.[1][2] Propulsion machinery consisted of two 16-cylinder Paxman YJCM diesel engines, which supplied 3,460 shaft horsepower (2,580 kW) to the two propellers.[1][2] The vessels could achieve a top speed of 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph), and had a range of 1,200 nautical miles (2,200 km; 1,400 mi) at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph).[1][2] The ship's company consisted of three officers and sixteen sailors.[2] Main armament was a bow-mounted Bofors 40 mm gun, supplemented by two .50 calibre M2 Browning machine guns and various small arms.[1][2] The ships were designed with as many commercial components as possible: the Attacks were to operate in remote regions of Australia and New Guinea, and a town's hardware store would be more accessible than home base in a mechanical emergency.[3]

Bandolier was built by Walkers Limited at Maryborough, Queensland,[4] launched on 2 October 1968,[5] and commissioned on 14 December 1968.[4]

Operational history

Bandolier paid off on 16 November 1973.[4] She was transferred to the Indonesian Navy and renamed KRI Sibarau (847).[4][6] The patrol boat was listed in Jane's Fighting Ships was still operational in 2011.[6] In December 2017 the vessel sank while on patrol in the North Sumatra sea at 03.45.38 North - 098.57.55 East. The cause was not known but there were no casualties among the crew.[7]

Citations

  1. Gillett, Australian and New Zealand Ships since 1946, p. 86
  2. Blackman (ed.), Jane's Fighting Ships, 1968–69, p. 18
  3. The patrol boat, Australian National Maritime Museum
  4. Gillett, Australian and New Zealand Ships since 1946, p. 87
  5. Russell, Jesse; Cohn, Ronald (2012). HMAS Bandolier (P 95). VSD.
  6. Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2011). Jane's Fighting Ships 2011–2012. Coulsdon: IHS Jane's. p. . ISBN 9780710629593. OCLC 751789024.
  7. Danu Damarjati (2 December 2017). "Kapal Patroli TNI AL Tenggelam di Sumatera Utara".

References

  • Blackman, Raymond, ed. (1968). Jane's Fighting Ships, 1968–69 (71st ed.). London: Jane's Publishing Company. OCLC 123786869.
  • Gillett, Ross (1988). Australian and New Zealand Warships since 1946. Brookvale, NSW: Child & Associates. ISBN 0-86777-219-0. OCLC 23470364.
  • "The patrol boat". Australian National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
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