HMAS Lithgow was a minesweeper or corvette, which had a distinguished career in the Second World War undertaking anti-submarine duties, escort duties, minesweeping and supporting allied operations in New Guinea and the Solomons.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee said in 1942 HMAS Lithgow was credited with taking part in the destruction of Japanese mine laying submarine I-124.
“When I first walked into the Lithgow City Council building one of the first things I noticed was the bell from HMAS Lithgow,” Mr Gee said.
HMAS Lithgow’s active service finished in January 1948 having steamed 178,000 miles and being underway for almost 20,000 hours.
“With Australia’s naval ship building program ramping up I’m attempting to have a new Australian navy ship named HMAS Lithgow,
“It would be a fitting tribute to all who served on Lithgow and the city itself.
“I’m currently in the process of raising this with the Australian Government,” Mr Gee added.
“If there are any community groups or individuals out there who would like to assist me in lobbying for HMAS Lithgow, your support would be warmly welcomed,” Me Gee said.