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The River class was a class of six destroyer escorts (originally designated anti-submarine frigates) operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Plans to acquire four vessels, based on the British Type 12M (or Rothesay class) frigate, began in the 1950s. The first two vessels had some slight modifications to the design, while the next two underwent further changes. Two more ships were ordered in 1964, following the Melbourne-Voyager collision; these were based on the Type 12I (or Leander class) frigate.

By the 1990s, all six ships had left service. Two were sunk as part of tests, and a third was scuttled as an artificial reef, while the other three ships were scrapped.


Type 12M
Parramatta Cockatoo Island, Sydney 31 January 1959 14 July 1961 11 November 1991 Broken up at Karachi, 1991
Yarra Williamstown Naval Dockyard, Melbourne 30 September 1958 27 July 1961 22 November 1985 Broken up at Alang, 1985
Stuart Cockatoo Island, Sydney 8 April 1961 28 June 1963 26 July 1991 Broken up at Alang, 1992
Derwent Williamstown Naval Dockyard, Melbourne 17 April 1961 30 April 1964 8 August 1994 Scuttled as artificial reef, 21 December 1994
Type 12I
Swan Williamstown Naval Dockyard, Melbourne 16 December 1967 20 January 1970 13 September 1996 Scuttled as artificial reef, 14 December 1997
Torrens Cockatoo Island, Sydney 28 September 1968 19 January 1971 11 September 1998 Sunk as test target, 14 June 1999


We offer our RAN River Class Destroyer Escort Models in several popular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our Destroyer Escort models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.

The model build time is generally 24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

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River Class Destroyer Escort Models


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