HMAS Platypus (naval base)

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HMAS Platypus, was a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine base at Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia. It was located upon the site of the Royal Australian Navy Torpedo Maintenance Establishment (RANTME).

HMAS Platypus was commissioned on 18 August 1967, conjointly with the Australian Fourth Submarine Squadron as the eastern Australian base for the six RAN Oberon class submarines.

Platypus which was referred to as "Plats" by the ships company and was the only dedicated submarine base in Australia. Engineering Workshops, Medical Facilities, the Submarine School, Communications Centre and Administration were all housed at Plats providing the support required for the submarines and their crews to remain operational.

While the submarines operated from the waterfront, the RAN’s torpedo workshops occupied the southern part of the site.

In 1999, HMAS Platypus and the torpedo workshops closed down when the Commonwealth decided to relocate its submarine base to HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.

The site was handed over to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust in 23 July 2005, and is currently closed to public access while remediation works of the ground contamination and buildings on the site is undertaken.

References[edit]

  • Sydney Harbour Trust
  • Naval Historical Society of Australia