His Majesty's Ship Quality (G62/D18)
HMS Quality (G62/D18) was one of the Q-class destroyers built for the Royal Navy during World War 2. She was built by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson’s Limited at their Wallsend-on-Tyne shipyard and was laid down on 10 October 1940. She entered service on 7th September 1942 and served until the war’s end.
HMS Quality had the great honour of being the first ship (Along with HMS Nepal) of being the first Commonwealth ship to head up river and enter Tokyo harbour to berth after the armistice was signed. Once docked HMS Quality transported 300 Royal Navy and Royal Marines from the British warships King George V and Newfoundland in order to the re-open the British embassy in Tokyo.
After the war had ended, HMS Quality was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and was commissioned as HMAS Quality (G62/D262) on the 28th November 1945. HMS Quality was to be converted into an anti-submarine frigate along with her Sister ships in the Q-class and was to be the last of the five ships to undergo the conversion.
Quality underwent refits and had to be docked for emergency repairs to her hull in 1954. On 14 August 1956 it was noticed that Quality was sitting lower in the water than normal and after investigations It was discovered that the hull had become corroded at the waterline. Quality underwent an emergency dry docking and further investigations revealed that the damage was worse than originally thought. Ultimately the conversion of Quality was cancelled and she was marked for disposal.
Ironically HMAS Quality was ultimately sold for scrap to the Mitsubishi Company on 10 April 1958 and was towed to Japan to be broken up for scrap. The ship’s bell was donated to the school in Nowra, New South Wales.
The ship’s motto is “Age Dum Agis” which translates to “Do as You Do”
HMS Quality’s ship’s badge depicts an ingot of gold stamped viewed from above floating on water with the Hallmarks of Quality stamped on it from the Assay Offices for both London and Edinburgh. On a Field Red, Upon a billet charged Gold, two Torteaux Red, the one in chief charged with a leopard’s face, crowned with a Royal Prince’s crown gold, and the one in base with a castle of three towers also gold.
Characteristics, Specifications and Honours
Characteristics and specifications:
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Battle honours achieved during her commission:
- North Africa 1942–43
- Sabang 1944,
- Okinawa 1945
- Japan 1945
Total distance steamed:
- 225,000 miles
Royal Navy Service:
- Laid Down: 10 October 1940
- Launched: 6 October 1941
- Commissioned: 7 September 1942
- Decommissioned: 8 October 1945
Royal Australian Navy Service:
- Acquired: 8 October 1945
- Commissioned: 28 November 1945
- Decommissioned: 25 January 1946
- Sold for scrap: 10 April 1958