The HMAS swan was launched on the 16 December 1967. Designated as a destroyer escort she was 112.8m long and 12.5 m wide. Her displacement was 2700 tons and capable of 30 knots with a range of 4500 miles at 12 knots. She had a crew of 250 officers and seamen.
The launching was an interesting affair with the traditional champagne bottle thrown at her 11 times before finally
she passed down the spillway.
The ship cost $22 million to build and was the most expensive Australian war ship, at that time, to be built.
In September 1996 she was decommissioned and during her career had steamed approximately 800,000 nautical miles. After much deliberation the ship was given to the Geographe Bay Artificial Reef Society who proposed to sink the wreck in a sheltered location 1.3 nautical miles off the shore near Geographe Bay.. With a gathering of over 20,000 spectator’s she came to rest on the bottom on the Ocean in the 14 December 1997.