List of ships of the Royal Australian Navy

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A selection of ships that have served in the Royal Australian Navy (and period of service)
Indefatigable-class battlecruiser HMAS Australia (1913-1921)
S-class destroyer HMAS Tasmania (1920–1928)
Bathurst-class corvette HMAS Lithgow (1941-1956)
Majestic-class aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (1955-1982)
Oberon-class submarine HMAS Onlsow (1969-1999)
Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth (2006-present)

Since its foundation in 1913, the Royal Australian Navy has operated a large number of vessels, including various types of warship, support and supply craft, and auxiliary vessels drawn from civilian service when required.

Current ships[edit]

As of November 2014, the strength of the Royal Australian Navy consists of 48 commissioned vessels, plus 4 non-commissioned ships.

Name Pennant no. Type Class Commissioned
HMAS Albany ACPB 86 Patrol boat Armidale 2006
HMAS Anzac FFH 150 Frigate Anzac 1996
HMAS Ararat ACPB 89 Patrol boat Armidale 2006
HMAS Armidale ACPB 83 Patrol boat Armidale 2005
HMAS Arunta FFH 151 Frigate Anzac 1998
HMAS Ballarat FFH 155 Frigate Anzac 2004
HMAS Bathurst ACPB 85 Patrol boat Armidale 2006
HMAS Benalla A 04 Survey launch Paluma 1990
HMAS Broome ACPB 90 Patrol boat Armidale 2007
HMAS Canberra L02 Landing helicopter dock Canberra 2014
HMAS Childers ACPB 93 Patrol boat Armidale 2007
HMAS Choules L100 Landing ship dock Bay 2011
HMAS Collins SSG 73 Submarine Collins 1996
HMAS Darwin FFG 04 Frigate Adelaide 1984
HMAS Dechaineux SSG 76 Submarine Collins 2001
HMAS Diamantina M 86 Minehunter Huon 2002
HMAS Farncomb SSG 74 Submarine Collins 1998
HMAS Gascoyne M 85 Minehunter Huon 2001
HMAS Glenelg ACPB 96 Patrol boat Armidale 2008
HMAS Hawkesbury M 83 Minehunter Huon 2000
HMAS Huon M 82 Minehunter Huon 1999
HMAS Larrakia ACPB 84 Patrol boat Armidale 2006
HMAS Launceston ACPB 94 Patrol boat Armidale 2007
HMAS Leeuwin A 245 Survey ship Leeuwin 2000
HMAS Maitland ACPB 88 Patrol boat Armidale 2006
HMAS Maryborough ACPB 95 Patrol boat Armidale 2007
HMAS Melbourne FFG 05 Frigate Adelaide 1992
HMAS Melville A 246 Survey ship Leeuwin 2000
HMAS Mermaid A 02 Survey launch Paluma 1989
HMAS Newcastle FFG 06 Frigate Adelaide 1994
HMAS Norman M 84 Minehunter Huon 2000
HMAS Paluma A 01 Survey launch Paluma 1989
HMAS Parramatta FFH 154 Frigate Anzac 2003
HMAS Perth FFH 157 Frigate Anzac 2006
HMAS Pirie ACPB 87 Patrol boat Armidale 2006
HMAS Rankin SSG 78 Submarine Collins 2003
HMAS Sheean SSG 77 Submarine Collins 2000
HMAS Shepparton A 03 Survey launch Paluma 1990
HMAS Sirius O 266 Supply ship Modified commercial tanker 2006
HMAS Stuart FFH 153 Frigate Anzac 2002
HMAS Success AOR 304 Supply ship Durance 1986
HMAS Sydney FFG 03 Frigate Adelaide 1983
HMAS Tobruk L 50 Landing ship Modified Round Table 1981
HMAS Toowoomba FFH 156 Frigate Anzac 2005
HMAS Waller SSG 75 Submarine Collins 2001
HMAS Warramunga FFH 152 Frigate Anzac 2001
HMAS Wollongong ACPB 92 Patrol boat Armidale 2007
HMAS Yarra M 87 Minehunter Huon 2003

Non-commisioned ships[edit]

Name Pennant no. Type Class In service
MSA Bandicoot Y 298 Minesweeper Bandicoot 1991
MSA Wallaroo Y 299 Minesweeper Bandicoot 1991
ADV Ocean Shield   Humanitarian and disaster relief vessel   2012
STS Young Endeavour   Sail training tall ship   1988

Past ships[edit]

A[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
Aase Maersk Fleet oiler Auxiliary vessel 1942–1945  
HMAS Abraham Crijnssen Minesweeper Jan van Amstel 1942–1943 Transferred from Royal Netherlands Navy in August 1942, returned in May 1943
HMAS Acute Patrol boat Attack 1968–1983 to Indonesia
HMAS Adelaide Light cruiser Town 1922–1946  
HMAS Adelaide Frigate Adelaide 1980–2008 Scuttled off Avoca as a dive wreck in April 2011
HMAS Adele Examination vessel   1939–1943 Formerly HMAS Franklin 1915–1922
HMAS Adroit Patrol boat Attack 1968–1994  
HMAS Advance Patrol boat Attack 1968–1988 museum ship at Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
HMAS AE1 Submarine E 1914–1914  
HMAS AE2 Submarine E 1914–1915  
HMAS Air Bird Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Chief Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Clan Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Cloud Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Faith Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Foam Air-sea rescue vessel     ex-HMAS Air Wave
HMAS Air Guide Air-sea rescue vessel     ex-HMAS Air Hope (913)
HMAS Air Hope Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Host Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Master Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Mercy Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Mist Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Nymph Air-sea rescue vessel   1949–1962 ex-HMAS Air Save
HMAS Air Rest Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Sailor Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Save Air-sea rescue vessel     renamed HMAS Air Nymph
HMAS Air Sense Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Spray Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Sprite Air-sea rescue vessel   1960–1976 sunk as target
HMAS Air Trail Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air View Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Watch Air-sea rescue vessel      
HMAS Air Wave Air-sea rescue vessel     renamed HMAS Air Foam
HMAS Aitape Patrol boat Attack 1967–1975 to Papua New Guinea
Ajax Examination vessel      
HMAS Alatna        
Alacrity Patrol vessel/minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1917–1925  
HMAS Albatross Seaplane tender   1929–1933 to Royal Navy
HMAS Alert        
HMAS Alfie Cam Minesweeper      
HMAS Allenwood Minesweeper      
Alvina Examination vessel      
HMAS Amohine        
HMAS Anaconda        
HMAS Anchorite        
HMAS Anzac Destroyer Parker 1920–1935 from Royal Navy
HMAS Anzac Destroyer Battle 1951–1974 Sold for breaking in 1975
Aorangi Supply ship Auxiliary vessel 1914–1915  
HMAS Ararat Corvette Bathurst 1943–1961  
HMAS Archer Patrol boat Attack 1968–1973 to Indonesia
HMAS Ardent Patrol boat Attack 1968–1984  
HMAS Armidale Corvette Bathurst 1942–1942  
HMAS Arrow Patrol boat Attack 1968–1974 wrecked by Cyclone Tracy
HMAS Arunta Destroyer Tribal 1942–1968  
HMAS Assail Patrol boat Attack 1968–1985 to Indonesia
HMAS Attack Patrol boat Attack 1967–1985 to Indonesia
HMAS Australia Battlecruiser Indefatigable 1913–1921  
HMAS Australia Heavy cruiser County 1928–1954  
HMAS Avalon        
HMAS Avonita        
HMAS Aware Patrol boat Attack 1968–1993 Scrapped in 2011

B[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Balikpapan Landing craft Balikpapan 1974–2012  
HMAS Ballarat Corvette Bathurst 1941–1947  
HMAS Bandolier Patrol boat Attack 1968–1973 to Indonesia
HMAS Banks General Purpose Vessel Explorer 1960–1995 Charter vessel MV Banks
HMAS Baralaba Stores carrier Auxiliary vessel 1942–1943 Returned to owner
HMAS Barbette Patrol boat Attack 1968–1985 to Indonesia
HMAS Barcoo Frigate River 1944–1963  
Barcoo Coal hulk Auxiliary vessel 1914–1924 Scuttled off Sydney in 1924.
HMAS Barricade Patrol boat Attack 1968–1982 to Indonesia
HMAS Barwon Frigate River 1945–1962  
HMAS Bass General Purpose Vessel Explorer 1960–1994  
HMAS Bataan Destroyer Tribal 1945–1958  
HMAS Bathurst Corvette Bathurst 1940–1948  
HMAS Bayonet Patrol boat Attack 1969–1988  
HMAS Benalla Corvette Bathurst 1943–1958  
HMAS Bendigo Corvette Bathurst 1941–1947  
HMAS Bendigo Patrol boat Fremantle 1983–2006  
HMAS Bermagui Auxiliary minesweeper   1939–1946  
MSA Bermagui Auxiliary minesweeper   1994–2000  
HMAS Berrima Armed merchant ship   1914–1917  
HMAS Beryl II Auxiliary minesweeper   1939–1945  
HMAS Betano Landing craft Balikpapan 1974–2012  
HMAS Biloela Collier   1920–1927  
HMAS Bingera Auxiliary anti-submarine vessel Auxiliary vessel 1940-1946 Returned to owner
HMAS Birchgrove Park Auxiliary minesweeper      
Bishopdale Fleet oiler Dale class oiler 1942–1945 On loan from Royal Navy
HMAS Black Snake   Snake class junk 1944-1945 Transferred to British Borneo Civil Administration Unit in 1945
HMAS Bombard Patrol boat Attack 1968–1983 to Indonesia
HMAS Bombo Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Bonthorpe Auxiliary minesweeper   1939–1945  
HMAS Boonaroo Cargo ship   1967–1967 Charter vessel MV Boonaroo
Boronia Crane stores lighter Wattle-class 1972-1997 sold to Defence Maritime Services
HMAS Bowen Corvette Bathurst 1942–1956  
HMAS Brisbane Light cruiser Town 1916–1929  
HMAS Brisbane Destroyer Charles F. Adams 1967–2001  
Brolga Auxiliary minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1917–1919 Returned to owners
MSA Brolga Auxiliary Minesweeper   1988–2002  
HMAS Bronzewing Tug      
HMAS Broome Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Turkey
HMAS Brunei Landing craft Balikpapan 1971-2014  
HMAS Buccaneer Patrol boat Attack 1969–1985 to Indonesia
HMAS Buna Landing craft Balikpapan 1973–1974 to Papua New Guinea
HMAS Bunbury Corvette Bathurst 1942–1961  
HMAS Bunbury Patrol boat Fremantle 1984–2005  
HMAS Bundaberg Corvette Bathurst 1942–1961  
HMAS Bundaberg Patrol boat Armidale 2007-2014  
HMAS Bungaree Auxiliary minelayer   1940–1946  
HMAS Burdekin Frigate River 1944–1946  
HMAS Burnie Corvette Bathurst 1941–1946 to Netherlands
HMAS Burra Bra Training ship      

C[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Cairns Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Netherlands
Caledonian Salvor Ocean Salvage Tug      
Cambrian Salvor Ocean Salvage Tug      
HMAS Canberra Heavy cruiser County 1928–1942 Sunk at Battle of Savo Island
HMAS Canberra (FFG 02) Frigate Adelaide 1981–2005  
HMAS Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse tender   1943–1945  
Captain Cook Examination vessel      
Captain Cook II Examination vessel      
Captain Cook III Examination vessel      
HMAS Carroo Lighter   1942–1946  
MSA Carole-S Auxiliary Minesweeper   1993–1994  
HMAS Castlemaine Corvette Bathurst 1942–1945 museum ship at Williamstown
HMAS Cerberus Monitor   1911–1921 from colonial navy of Victoria. Hulk partially submerged Port Philip Bay
HMAS Cessnock Corvette Bathurst 1942–1947  
HMAS Cessnock Patrol boat Fremantle 1983–2005  
HMVS Childers Torpedo boat   1911–1918 from colonial navy of Victoria
HMAS Colac Corvette Bathurst 1942–1983  
HMAS Condamine Frigate River 1945–1962  
HMAS Coogee Armed patrol vessel/minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1918–1919  
HMAS Cook Survey ship   1980–1990  
HMAS Coolebar Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Coombar Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Cootamundra Corvette Bathurst 1943–1962  
HMAS Countess of Hopetoun Torpedo boat   1911–1924 from colonial navy of Victoria
HMAS Cowra Corvette Bathurst 1943–1961  
HMAS Culgoa Frigate River 1945–1962  
HMAS Curlew Minesweeper Ton 1962–1991 ex-HMS Chediston

D[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Deloraine Corvette Bathurst 1941–1956  
HMAS Derwent Destroyer escort River 1964–1994  
HMAS Diamantina Frigate River 1945–1981 museum ship at Queensland Maritime Museum
HMAS Diamond Snake        
HMAS Doomba Auxiliary minesweeper and anti-submarine vessel Hunt 1939–1946  
HMAS Dubbo Corvette Bathurst 1942–1958  
HMAS Dubbo Patrol boat Fremantle 1984–2006  
HMAS Duchess Destroyer Daring 1964–1977 from Royal Navy
HMAS Durraween Auxiliary minesweeper      

E[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Echuca Corvette Bathurst 1942–1952 to New Zealand
HMAS Eduardo 1945 from Royal Navy, returned to Royal Navy
HMAS Elwing Tug Auxiliary vessel 1942-??  
HMAS Encounter Protected cruiser Challenger class 1912–1923 from Royal Navy. Renamed HMAS Penguin in 1923
HMAS Emu Tug      
Esturia Oiler and stores ship/destroyer depot ship Auxiliary vessel 1914–1917  

F[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Falie Inspection/stores vessel   1940–1946 Interned motor ketch, demasted for service
Falkefjell Fleet oiler Auxiliary vessel 1941–1942 On loan from Royal Navy
HMAS Fantome Sloop Cadmus 1914–1925 from Royal Navy
HMAS Flinders Survey ship   1973–1998  
HMAS Forceful Tugboat   1942–1943 museum ship at Queensland Maritime Museum
HMAS Franklin Tender   1915–1922 Later served as HMAS Adele 1939–1943
HMAS Fremantle Corvette Bathurst 1943–1961  
HMAS Fremantle Patrol boat Fremantle 1980–2006  

G[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Gascoyne Frigate River 1946–1966  
HMAS Gawler Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Turkey
HMAS Gawler Patrol boat Fremantle 1983–2006  
HMAS Gayundah Gunboat   1911–1921 from Queensland Maritime Defence Force, colonial navy of Queensland. Hulk beached at Redcliffe
HMAS Gayundah Motor Refrigeration Lighter  MRL 1944–1981 Built by Johnson's Tyne Foundry in Melbourne in 1944-45, but re-commissioned in 1966, the 300 ton, 120 ft Motor Refrigeration Lighter MRL 253. She was subsequently given the name HMAS Gayundah in 1969 while serving as a naval reserve training vessel at the naval depot HMAS Moreton depot in Brisbane. In the 1970s, Gayundah carried the training vessel hull letters TV282. She was made the permanent reserve training vessel for the Port Division at HMAS Lonsdale.[citation needed]
HMAS Geelong Corvette Bathurst 1942–1944  
HMAS Geelong Patrol boat Fremantle 1984–2006  
HMAS Geraldton Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Turkey
HMAS Geraldton Patrol boat Fremantle 1983–2006  
HMAS Geranium Corvette Arabis 1919–1927 ex HMS Geranium from Royal Navy, scuttled off Sydney on 16 April 1935.
HMAS Gladstone Corvette Bathurst 1943–1956  
HMAS Gladstone Patrol boat Fremantle 1984–2007  
HMAS Glenelg Corvette Bathurst 1942–1957  
HMAS Goolgwai Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Goonambee Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Goorangai Auxiliary minesweeper   1939–1940 Sunk following collision with HMAT Duntroon
HMAS Gordon Torpedo boat   1911–1914 ex-HMVS Gordon from colonial navy of Victoria
HMAS Goulburn Corvette Bathurst 1941–1947  
HMAS Grantala Hospital ship   1914  
HMAS Gull Minesweeper Ton 1962–1976 ex-HMS Swanston
HMAS Gunbar Auxiliary minesweeper   1940–1946  
Gunundaal Auxiliary minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1917–1919 Returned to owner
MSA Gunundaal Auxiliary minesweeper Auxiliary vessel
HMAS Gympie Corvette Bathurst 1942–1961  

H[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Hankow Coal hulk   1913–1932 sunk as target by HMAS Albatross.
HMAS Hawk Auxiliary patrol boat   1940–1945 Ex-HMAS Sleuth.
HMAS Hawk Minesweeper Ton 1962–1976 ex-HMS Somerleyton
HMAS Hawkesbury Frigate River 1944–1955  
HMAS HDML 1347 Harbour defence motor launch   1945–1946  
HMAS Heros Auxiliary anti-submarine vessel and tugboat Rescue/Saint 1940–1942, 1943–1947  
HMAS Hobart Light cruiser Leander 1938–1947 ex-HMS Apollo
HMAS Hobart Destroyer Charles F. Adams 1965–2000 Sunk as dive wreck
HMAS Horsham Corvette Bathurst 1942–1961  
HMAS Huon Destroyer River-class torpedo-boat destroyer 1915–1928  

I[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Ibis Requesitioned during World War II
HMAS Ibis Minesweeper Ton 1962–1984 ex-HMS Singleton
HMAS Inverell Corvette Bathurst 1942–1952 to New Zealand
HMAS Ipswich Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Royal Netherlands Navy
HMAS Ipswich Patrol boat Fremantle 1982–2007  

J[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS J1 Submarine J 1919–1924 from Royal Navy
HMAS J2 Submarine J 1919–1924 from Royal Navy
HMAS J3 Submarine J 1919–1926 from Royal Navy
HMAS J4 Submarine J 1919–1924 from Royal Navy
HMAS J5 Submarine J 1919–1924 from Royal Navy
HMAS J7 Submarine J 1919–1929 from Royal Navy
HMAS Jeparit Bulk carrier   1969–1971 from and returned to Australian National Lines
HMAS Jervis Bay Training ship   1977–1996  
HMAS Jervis Bay Troop transport   1999–2001  
HMAS John Oxley Examination vessel Auxiliary vessel 1943–194? Returned to owners
HMAS Junee Corvette Bathurst 1944–1958  

K[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS K9 Submarine K VIII 1943–1944 From the Netherlands
HMAS Kalgoorlie Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946  
HMAS Kangaroo Boom defence vessel Bar 1940–1955  
HMAS Kanimbla Landing ship   1943–1949 from and to Royal Navy
HMAS Kanimbla Landing ship Kanimbla 1994-2011 from US Navy, ex-USS Saginaw
HMAS Kapunda Corvette Bathurst 1942–1961  
HMAS Kara Kara Auxiliary boom defense vessel Auxiliary vessel 1941–1972 Sold for scrap in 1972, hulk sunk as target off Jervis Bay in 1973
HMAS Karangi Boom defense vessel Bar    
HMAS Katoomba Corvette Bathurst 1940–1957  
Kelat Coal hulk Auxiliary vessel 1941–1942 Sunk after air raid in Darwin
HMAS Kianga Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Kiama Corvette Bathurst 1942–1952 to New Zealand
HMAS Kimbla Trials ship   1956–1985  
HMAS Kinchela Net Layer      
HMAS King Bay Examination vessel   1940–1946  
HMAS Koala Boom defense vessel Bar    
HMAS Kookaburra Boom defence vessel Net 1939–1958  
HMAS Koolonga Collier and supply ship Auxiliary vessel 1914–1915  
HMAS Koompartoo Auxiliary boom defence vessel Auxiliary vessel    
HMAS Koopa Training Depot ship and Fairmile Motor Launch Depot ship Auxiliary vessel 1942–1947 returned to owners in 1947
HMAS Kooronga Tug/Training ship Auxiliary vessel 1924–1948 sold to private owners and converted into a schooner
HMAS Korowa Auxiliary minesweeper      
Koraaga Auxiliary minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1917–1918 Returned to owner
MSA Koraaga Auxiliary minesweeper   1989–2000  
HMAS Kuramia Auxiliary netlayer      
HMAS Kuru Patrol boat   1941–1943 From Northern Territory Patrol Service
HMAS Kurumba Oiler   1919–1947 from Royal Navy
HMAS Kuttabul Accommodation ship Auxiliary vessel 1940–1942 sunk on 31 May 1942 in Sydney Harbour
HMAS Kybra Auxiliary anti-submarine vessel Auxiliary vessel    

L[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Labuan Landing ship LST(3) 1946–1955 from Royal Navy
HMAS Labuan Landing craft Balikpapan 1973-2014  
HMAS Lachlan Frigate River 1945–1949 to New Zealand
HMAS Ladava Patrol boat Attack 1968–1975 to Papua New Guinea
HMAS Lae Landing ship LST(3) 1946–1955 from Royal Navy
HMAS Lae Patrol boat Attack 1968–1975 to Papua New Guinea
HMAS Latrobe Corvette Bathurst 1942–1956  
HMAS Launceston Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Turkey
HMAS Launceston Patrol boat Fremantle 1982–2006  
HMAS Lismore Corvette Bathurst 1941–1946 to Netherlands
HMAS Lithgow Corvette Bathurst 1941–1956  
HMAS Lolita Channel patrol boat      
HMAS Lonsdale Torpedo boat   1901–1912 from colonial navy of Victoria
HMAS LST 3008 Landing ship LST(3) 1946–1950 from Royal Navy
HMAS LST 3014 Landing ship LST(3) 1946–1950 from Royal Navy
HMAS LST 3022 Landing ship LST(3) 1946–1950 from Royal Navy

M[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Macquarie Frigate River 1945–1962  
HMAS Madang Patrol boat Attack 1968–1975 to Papua New Guinea
HMAS Mallina Store carrier and collier Auxiliary vessel 1914–1915  
HMAS Mallow Corvette Acacia 1919–1925 from Royal Navy
Mamutu Auxiliary vessel 1941
HMAS Manoora Armed merchant ship   1939–1947  
HMAS Manoora Landing ship Kanimbla 1994–2011 From US Navy, ex-USS Fairfax County
HMAS Marguerite Sloop Arabis 1919–1929 ex-HMS Marguerite from Royal Navy, scuttled off Sydney on 1 August 1935.
HMAS Marlean Channel patrol boats Converted civilian pleasure boat    
HMAS Maroubra Cutter Converted civilian cutter 1942–1943 Sunk in a Japanese air raid on Milingimbi, NT
HMAS Marrawah Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Maryborough Corvette Bathurst 1941–1947  
HMAS Mary Cam Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Matafele Stores carrier Auxiliary vessel 1943–1944 ex-Burns Philp & Company cargo and passenger vessel, lost without trace with all hands in June 1944.
HMAS Mavie Patrol boat Converted lugger 1941–1942 Sunk Darwin, 1942.
HMAS Medea Minesweeper   1942–1945 ex-HMS Circe, scuttled off Sydney on 20 January 1948.
HMAS Melbourne Light cruiser Town 1913–1928  
HMAS Melbourne Aircraft carrier Majestic 1955–1982 ex-HMS Majestic
HMAS Mercedes Minesweeper   1942–1945 ex-HMS Medusa, scuttled off Sydney on 23 January 1948.
Merkur Victualling Store Issue Supply Ship Auxiliary vessel 1942–1949 returned to her owners Burns Philp & Company.
HMAS Midge Torpedo boat   1911–1912 from Queensland Maritime Defence Force
HMAS Mildura Corvette Bathurst 1941–1956  
HMAS Mollymawk Tug      
HMAS Mombah Stores ship   1923–1930
1940–1948
 
HMAS Moresby Survey ship/Sloop 24 1925–1946 from Royal Navy
HMAS Moresby Survey ship Moresby class 1964–1997  
HMAS Mother Snake        
HMAS Murchison Frigate River 1945–1962  
Murex Oiler Auxiliary vessel 1914  

N[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Nambucca Auxiliary minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1940-1943 transferred to United States Navy
HMAS Napier Destroyer N class destroyer 1940–1945 returned to the Royal Navy
HMAS Narani Auxiliary Minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1941–1946 returned to her owners
HMAS Nereus Channel patrol boat Requisitioned civilian vessel ??-1942 destroyed by fire on 2 July 1942
HMAS Nepal Destroyer N class destroyer 1942–1945 returned to the Royal Navy
HMAS Nepean Torpedo boat Second-class torpedo boat 1901–1912 scuttled off Swan Island, Port Phillip in 1912
HMAS Nestor Destroyer N class destroyer 1941–1942 scuttled off Crete on 16 June 1942, following damage from bombing
HMAS Nizam Destroyer N class destroyer 1941–1945 returned to the Royal Navy
HMAS Norman Destroyer N class destroyer 1941–1945 returned to the Royal Navy

O[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
OFL No. 1 Oil Fuel Lighter 500-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL No. 2 Oil Fuel Lighter 500-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL No. 3 Oil Fuel Lighter 500-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL No. 4 Oil Fuel Lighter 500-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1201 (Rocklea) Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1202 Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1203 Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1204 Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1205 Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1206 Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1207 Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
OFL 1208 (Karpoint) Oil Fuel Lighter 1200-ton Oil Fuel Lighter    
HMAS Olive Cam Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Onslow Submarine Oberon 1969–1999 museum ship Australian National Maritime Museum
HMAS Orara Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Orion Submarine Oberon 1977–1997  
HMAS Otama Submarine Oberon 1978–1999 museum ship at Western Port, VIC
Otter Examination vessel      
HMAS Otway Submarine Odin 1927–1937 to Royal Navy
HMAS Otway Submarine Oberon 1968–1994  
HMAS Ovens Submarine Oberon 1969–1995  
HMAS Oxley Submarine Odin 1927–1937 to Royal Navy
HMAS Oxley (S 57) Submarine Oberon 1967–1992  

P[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Paluma Gunboat   1911–1916 from Queensland Maritime Defence Force
HMAS Paluma (1941) Auxiliary Patrol Vessel   1941–1945 Motor Boat
HMAS Paluma (1946) Survey vessel Unnamed class of 18 MSLs 1946–1973 Converted from Motor Store Lighter No 252 MSL 252)
HMAS Parkes Corvette Bathurst 1944–1957  
HMAS Parramatta (D55) Destroyer River-class torpedo-boat destroyer 1910–1928  
HMAS Parramatta (U44) Sloop Grimsby 1940–1941  
HMAS Parramatta (DE 46) Destroyer escort River 1961–1991  
HMAS Patricia Cam Auxiliary Minesweeper   1942–1943 Converted from a commercial trawler
HMAS Paterson Auxiliary Minesweeper      
HMAS Penguin Depot ship Osprey 1913–1923 from Royal Navy
HMAS Penguin Depot ship Challenger 1923–1929 ex-HMAS Encounter, scuttled off Sydney on 14 September 1932.
HMAS Phillip Depot tender 1916–1921 ex-HMAS Togo, sold to commercial interests.
HMAS Penguin Depot ship   1929–1941 ex-HMAS Platypus (1917)
HMAS Perth (D29) Light cruiser Leander 1939–1942 ex-HMS Amphion
HMAS Perth (D 38) Destroyer Charles F. Adams 1965–1999 diving wreck
HMAS Pioneer Light cruiser Pelorus 1915–1916 ex HMS Pioneer from Royal Navy, scuttled off Sydney on 18 February 1931.
HMAS Ping Wo Repair ship/Stores ship Auxiliary vessel 1942–1946 Returned to owners in 1946
HMAS Pirie (J189) Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Turkey
HMAS Platypus (1917) Submarine tender   1917–1958  
HMAS Polaris Surveying tender   1942-1945 returned to owners
HMAS Porpoise Diving tender Modified Ham 1973–1989 ex-HMS Neasham
HMAS Poyang Stores ship Auxiliary vessel 1942–1946 Returned to owners in 1946
HMAS Protector (1884) Light cruiser   1911–1924 from colonial navy of South Australia
HMAS Protector (ASR 241) Trials ship   1990–1998  
HMAS Psyche Light cruiser Pelorus 1915–1918 from Royal Navy

Q[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Quadrant Destroyer Q class destroyer 1945–1963 ex-HMS Quadrant from Royal Navy, sold in 1963 for breaking up
HMAS Quality Destroyer Q class destroyer 1945–1958 ex-HMS Quality from Royal Navy, sold in 1958 for breaking up
HMAS Queenborough Destroyer Q class destroyer 1945–1975 ex-HMS Queenborough from Royal Navy, sold in 1975 for breaking up
HMAS Quiberon Destroyer Q class destroyer 1942–1972 from Royal Navy, sold in 1972 for breaking up
HMAS Quickmatch Destroyer Q class destroyer 1942–1972 from Royal Navy, sold in 1972 for breaking up
DT Quokka (1801) Tugboat Medium harbour tug 1984–1998 sold to Defence Maritime Services in 1998

R[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
ASRV Remora Submarine rescue vehicle Remora 1995–2006 inactive since an accident in 2006
HMAS Reserve Tugboat Salvage tug 1943–1961 ex-USS BAT-11, sold in 1961
HMAS River Snake Junk Snake 1945 transferred in 1945 to the British Civil Administration Unit, Borneo
HMAS Rockhampton Corvette Bathurst-class corvette 1942–1961 sold in 1961 for breaking up
Rona Coal hulk Auxiliary vessel 1943–1946 returned to owners
HMAS Rushcutter Minehunter Bay 1986–2001 sold in 2002

S[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Salamaua Landing craft Balikpapan 1973–1974 to Papua New Guinea
HMAS Samarai Patrol boat Attack 1968–1975 to Papua New Guinea
HMAS Samuel Benbow Auxiliary minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1940-1946 returned to owners
HMAS Sea Mist Channel patrol boat Requisitioned civilian vessel 1942–c1945 returned to owners
HMAS Sea Snake   Snake 1945 transferred to the British Borneo Civil Administration Unit
HMAS Seal Diving tender Modified Ham 1968–1988 ex-HMS Wintringham
HMAS Shepparton Corvette Bathurst 1943–1958  
HMAS Shoalhaven Frigate River 1945–1962  
HMAS Shoalwater Minehunter Bay 1987–2001  
HMAS Shropshire Heavy cruiser County 1943–1949 from Royal Navy
HMAS Siesta Channel patrol boat Requisitioned civilian vessel ?-1942 destroyed in explosion in 1942
HMAS Silver Cloud Channel patrol boat Requisitioned civilian vessel ?-1943 burnt to the waterline in 1943
HMAS Sirocco Channel patrol boat Requisitioned civilian vessel ?-1942 burnt to the waterline in 1942
HMAS Sleuth Patrol vessel   1917–1920, 1990  
HMAS Sleuth Auxiliary patrol boat   1940–1945 ex-HMAS Vigilant, renamed HMAS Hawk in 1945.
HMAS Snipe Minesweeper Ton 1962–1983 ex-HMS Alcaston
HMAS Southern Cross Examination vesses 1941–
HMAS Sprightly Tug     ex USS BAT-12
HMAS Stalwart Destroyer S 1920–1925 scuttled off Sydney on 21 July 1939.
HMAS Stalwart Destroyer tender   1966–1989  
HMAS Stawell Corvette Bathurst 1943–1952 New Zealand
HMAS Steady Hour Channel patrol boat Requisitioned civilian vessel 1941-1945 burnt to the waterline in 1945
HMAS Stella Survey vessel Requisitioned civilian vessel 1942–1945 recommissioned in 1952 as HMAS Warreen
HMAS Strahan Corvette Bathurst 1944–1961  
HMAS Stuart Destroyer Scott 1933–1946 from Royal Navy
HMAS Stuart Destroyer escort River 1963–1991  
HMAS St Giles Auxiliary patrol vessel/tug boat Auxiliary vessel 1940-1942, 1945-1946 returned to owners in 1947
HMAS Success Destroyer S 1920–1930  
HMAS Supply Oiler Tide 1962–1985  
HMAS Suva Special service vessel 1919 ex HMS Suva.
HMAS Swan Destroyer River-class torpedo-boat destroyer 1916–1928  
HMAS Swan Sloop Grimsby 1937–1964  
HMAS Swan Destroyer escort River-class destroyer escort 1970–1996 diving wreck
HMAS Swordsman Destroyer S 1920–1929  
HMAS Sydney Light cruiser Town 1913–1928  
HMAS Sydney Light cruiser Leander 1935–1941 ex-HMS Phaeton
HMAS Sydney Aircraft carrier/troopship Majestic 1948–1973 ex-HMS Terrible

T[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
TRV Tailor (803) Torpedo Recovery Vessel   197?–1988 sold to Defence Maritime Services
HMAS Taipan     1945 transferred to Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
HMAS Tambar Minesweeper      
DT Tammar (2601) Coastal tug   1984–1998 sold to Defence Maritime Services
HMAS Tamworth Corvette Bathurst 1942–1946 to Royal Netherlands Navy
HMAS Tarakan Landing ship LST(3) 1946–1954 from Royal Navy
HMAS Tarakan Landing craft Balikpapan 1973-2014
HMAS Tasmania Destroyer S 1920–1928  
HMAS Tattoo Destroyer S 1920–1933  
TB 191 Torpedo boat   1911–1918 from colonial navy of South Australia
HMAS Teal Minesweeper Ton 1962–1979 ex-HMS Jackton
Telopea Crane stores lighter Wattle-class 1972-1997 sold to Defence Maritime Services
HMAS Terka Minesweeper   1940–1945  
HMAS Tiger Snake Snake class junk   1944–1945 transferred to the British Borneo Civil Administration Unit
HMAS Tingira Training ship   1911–1927  
HMAS Tobruk Destroyer Battle 1950–1972  
HMAS Tolga Minesweeper      
HMAS Togo Depot tender   1916–1921 renamed HMAS Phillip
HMAS Tongkol Minesweeper      
HMAS Toorie Minesweeper      
HMAS Toowoomba Corvette Bathurst 1941–1946 to Netherlands
HMAS Toomaree Channel patrol boat      
HMAS Torrens (D67) Destroyer River-class torpedo-boat destroyer 1916–1926  
HMAS Torrens (DE 53) Destroyer escort River 1971–1998  
HMAS Townsville (J205) Corvette Bathurst 1941–1956  
HMAS Townsville (FCPB 205) Patrol boat Fremantle 1981–2007 Museum ship at Maritime Museum of Townsville
TRV Trevally (802) Torpedo Recovery Vessel   197?–1988 sold to Defence Maritime Services
TRV Tuna (801) Torpedo Recovery Vessel   197?–1988 sold to Defence Maritime Services

U[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Una Sloop   1914–1925 captured German yacht Komet
HMAS Uki Auxiliary mine sweeper   1939–????  
HMAS Uralba Auxiliary auxiliary minefield tender, boom defence vessel and armament stores carrier   1942–1945  
HMAS Upolu Submarine depot ship   1914  

V[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Vampire Destroyer V 1933–1942 from Royal Navy
HMAS Vampire Destroyer Daring 1959–1985 museum ship at Australian National Maritime Museum
HMAS Vendetta Destroyer V 1933–1945 from Royal Navy
HMAS Vendetta Destroyer Daring 1958–1979
HMAS Vengeance Aircraft carrier Colossus 1952–1955 loaned from Royal Navy; returned to Royal Navy.
HMAS Vigilant Auxiliary patrol boat   1940–1945 Renamed HMAS Sleuth in 1944.
HMAS Voyager Destroyer V 1933–1942 from Royal Navy
HMAS Voyager Destroyer Daring 1957–1964 Sunk in the Melbourne-Voyager incident

W[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
HMAS Wagga Corvette Bathurst 1942–1962  
Wallaby Water/Fuel Lighter Wallaby 1983–1997 Transferred to DMS Maritime
HMAS Wallaroo Corvette Bathurst 1942–1943  
HMAS Waree Tug boat Auxiliary vessel 1942–1946 Sank on 17 October 1946
HMAS Warramunga Destroyer Tribal 1942–1963  
HMAS Warrawee Auxiliary minesweeper      
HMAS Warrego Destroyer River-class torpedo-boat destroyer 1912–1928  
HMAS Warrego Sloop Grimsby 1940–1963  
Warrigal Water/Fuel Lighter Wallaby 1984–1997 Transferred to DMS Maritime
HMAS Warrnambool Corvette Bathurst 1941–1947 Sank after collision with mine
HMAS Warrnambool Patrol boat Fremantle 1981–2005  
HMAS Wato Tug   1941–1945  
Wattle Tug   1934–1971  
Wattle Crane stores lighter Wattle-class 1972-1997 sold to Defence Maritime Services
HMAS Waterhen Destroyer V 1933–1941 from Royal Navy
HMAS Westralia Armed merchant ship   1939–1949  
HMAS Westralia Underway replenishment ship Leaf 1989–2006 from Royal Navy; ex-RFA Appleleaf
HMAS Wewak Landing craft Balikpapan 1973-2012  
Whangape Oiler/supply ship Auxiliary vessel 1914  
HMAS Whang Pu Mobile repair ship/Stores ship Auxiliary vessel 1944–1946  
HMAS Whyalla Corvette Bathurst 1942–1947 Museum ship in Whyalla, SA
HMAS Whyalla Patrol boat Fremantle 1982–2005  
HMAS Wilcannia   Auxiliary vessel 1940-  
HMAS Wollongong Corvette Bathurst 1941–1946 to Royal Netherlands Navy
HMAS Wollongong Patrol boat Fremantle 1981–2005  
Wombat Water/Fuel Lighter Wallaby 1983–1997 Transferred to DMS Maritime
HMAS Wongala Armoured auxiliary/Guard ship   1939–1944 recommissioned in 1947 as HMAS Wyatt Earp
HMAS Woomera Armament store carrier   1946–1960 Sank following an accidental explosion
HMAS Wyatt Earp Converted trawler   1947–1951 Returned to commercial service
HMAS Wyrallah Auxiliary patrol vessel      
Wyulda Water/Fuel Lighter Wallaby 1984–1997 Transferred to DMS Maritime

Y[edit]

Name Type Class Dates Notes
Yampi Lass Stores lighter Auxiliary vessel 194?–1943 Sunk during a storm at Darwin on 11 April 1943
HMAS Yandra Patrol craft/minesweeper Auxiliary vessel 1940–1946 Returned to owners
HMAS Yarra Destroyer River-class torpedo-boat destroyer 1910–1919 Sunk as a target off Sydney Heads in 1931
HMAS Yarra Sloop Grimsby 1936–1942 Sunk on 4 March 1942
HMAS Yarra Destroyer escort River 1961–1985 Sold and broken up
HMAS Yarroma Channel patrol boat      
STS Young Endeavour Sail Training Ship Tall ship 1988–present Bicentenary gift to Australia by the British government in 1988
HMAS Yunnan Ammunition stores issuing ship Auxiliary vessel 1944–1946 Returned to her owners

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References[edit]