Pennant No: M1131
Laid Down: 11th January 1954
Built By: J I Thornycroft, Woolston. Yard Number 4155
Completed: 24th June 1955
Time to Build: 18 months
Commissioned: 23rd July 1955 for 108th MMS based Malta
Years Fully Operational: 3

Outline of Operational Career:

  • 9th September 1955 Joined 108th MSS for passage to Malta
  • 20th September 1955 Arrived Malta
  • 17th November 1955 Sailed Malta for first Cyprus Patrol
  • May-July 1956 2nd Cyprus Patrol
  • November 1956 Took part in Operation MUSKETEER sweeping in the Suez Canal
  • November-December 1956 3rd Cyprus Patrol
  • February-March 1957 4th Cyprus Patrol
  • 1958 5th and 6th Cyprus Patrols
  • February 1959 Paid Off in Malta. Crew to UK to man Burniston
  • 1960 Passage to Singapore, Ferry Crew, for Reserve Fleet
  • 10th April 1965 Commissioned as HMNZS HICKLETON for 11th MCMS
  • 15th October-5th December 1966 Passage to UK via Suez Canal with Picton

Significant Events:

  • 5th-6th November 1956 Operation MUSKETEER as Influence Sweeper
  • 17th November 1956 One of three Tons to sweep Suez Canal to 30km mark
  • September-November 1958 Short deployment through Suez Canal to Aqaba, Aden, Berbera and Djibouti during period of tension
  • 1956-1966 Manned by RNZN during Indonesian Confrontation Patrols

Paid Off: December 1966
Disposal: 28th April 1967. Purchased by Argentinian Navy as Neuquen