John Hardy

W.H. Gettree, Huskisson NSW
21 December 1942
16 October 1945
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 65 feet
Beam 15 feet 4 inches
Draught 7 feet
Guns 1 x 20mm Oerlikon

With much of the Royal Australian Navy fleet deployed to foreign waters in the early years of World War II, the defence of Australia’s coastlines became a primary concern for the Naval Board. The Naval Auxiliary Patrol (NAP) was a war-raised unit approved on 25 June 1941, charged with patrolling and safeguarding Australia's inner harbours, ports, rivers and estuaries against enemy sabotage or attack. The NAP fleet was comprised primarily of former pleasure craft, offered freely by their owners.

In May 1942, the NAP was transferred to the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) and was thereafter known as the RANVR NAP. By October 1942 the total strength of the NAP had increased to over 3000 mobilised and unmobilised reserves. This was to remain the case until early 1944 when it was considered that the danger of enemy attack was remote enough to reduce the strength of the NAP to a minimum.

John Hardy was a 65 foot Trawler that served as a Channel Patrol Boat, Naval Auxiliary Patrol and Anti-Submarine vessel. The boat was requisitioned for naval service on 25 May 1942, before being commissioned into the RAN on 21 December 1942, under the command of Lieutenant John P Newey, RANVR. The boat was purchased by the Australian Government on 13 April 1944. HMAS John Hardy was decommissioned on 16 October 1945 and sold in February 1946.

HMAS John Hardy first appeared in the January 1943 edition of the Navy List:
HMAS John Hardy first appeared in the January 1943 edition of the Navy List: