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Army August 29, 2013
A fleeting look
at old haulers
The Army took to the waves from 1959 with its own small ‘navy’,
Sgt Dave Morley reports.
and rail facilities around
Puckapunyal in the late
1950s were a reason behind
the Army forming its own “navy”,
32 Small Ship Sqn, RAE, in 1959.
Unable to move Centurion tanks
around the country, and with the
Navy uninterested in this type of
administrative sealift, the Army
bought four ex-WWII US Navy
Landing Ships Medium (LSM).
The LSMs were named Harry
Chauvel, Brudenell White, Vernon
Sturdee and Clive Steele after well-
known Australian generals.
Diggers being diggers, the
LSMs quickly became known as
the “Sturdy White Steel Shovel
Former national service sapper,
65-year-old Bruce Mansfield, of St
Albans in Victoria, sailed to South
Vietnam in AV (Army Vessel) Clive
Steele in January 1970, returning to
Australia in March the same year.
“It was interesting sailing in
ships that were only designed for a
one-way trip,” he said.
“The LSMs rocked and rolled
most of the time at sea and even in
calm seas the ship moved a lot.
“We carried Centurion tanks,
APCs, heavy earth-moving
equipment and some ‘unknown’
cargoes in containers.
“But once we got to Vietnam we
did quite a bit of general cargo work
all over the AO.”
Mr Mansfield sailed back to
South Vietnam in May 1970, this
time in AV Harry Chauvel, return-
ing to Australia in June.
AV Clive Steele was
decommissioned in 1972 and sold
to Pacific Logistics SA in the
On July 6, 1973, she was
beached and abandoned in the
Mekong Delta after being struck by
Mr Mansfield was disappointed
when he heard of her fate.
“She was an old ship, but we
that sailed her loved her,” he said.
The Army later bought another
ship, the former 1396-ton general
cargo ship, MV Marra, which was
renamed AS John Monash.
Warhorse: A former WWII US Navy LSM, Army Vessel Clive Steele,
pictured above in Papua New Guinea, sailed to South Vietnam and
back to Australia in 1970.
Photos supplied by SME Museum, Moorebank
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John Madden, 68, of Inverloch,
Victoria, a former national service
sapper with 4 Water Tpt Tp, RAE,
said his father, a former AIF anti-
tank unit captain, suggested he put
in for small ships.
“He suggested that I relate eve-
rything the psych asked me back to
water-related activities, to tell the
psych I dreamed about boats,” he
Mr Madden sailed to South
Vietnam in the John Monash in
July 1966, returning to Australia in
“We were caught in a storm and
could not make any headway, so we
bobbed up and down in the one spot
for four days,” he said.
“On another occasion we had a
helmsman who had a habit of mess-
ing up his port and starboard.
“He turned the ship the wrong
way in the Malacca Straits, a
narrow waterway, causing some
The ship completed 11 voyages
to South Vietnam between 1965 and
1972, and in 1975 she was sold to an
Australia’s withdrawal from
Vietnam, combined with the main-
tenance difficulties associated with
ships led to the disbandment of 32
Small Ship Sqn in 1971.
Details of the fates of the LSMs
are sketchy, but it is believed the
Harry Chauvel sank while under tow
The Brudenell White, renamed
Paclog Utility, was sunk by a mine
off Cambodia in 1975.
The Vernon Sturdee was renamed
Jack Spry and said to have sunk off
Solomon Islands in 1984.
The Clive Steele, renamed
Paclog Surfer, was salvaged from
the Mekong Delta and finally
scrapped in Singapore in 1992.
AS John Monash was retained
under command of 1 Terminal
Group until she was sold in 1972.
She became in turn, Asia Queen in
1976, Arabian Victory in 1980, and
Sea Rose I in 1981, before being
scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan
on May 13, 1984.
With this sale ended the era of
the Army operating its own “navy”.
Sea transport: AV Vernon Sturdee is refitted in dock (top), while AV Brudenell
White unloads vehicles during a training activity (above).
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