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Select from the list below to view ship data and historical facts of past RAN vessels.

We apologise if a ship you are particularly interested in is not on this list. Our Naval History Section continues to work on updating this list however researching each individual ship history is an involved process that entails reviewing monthly Reports of Proceedings and official logs for each year of a ship's commission.

Often this material can span a period of greater than 20 years and it takes considerable time to review it and author an accurate history suitable for publication. Your patience in this matter is appreciated.

Name Pennant Commissioned Decommissioned/Lost
SDB 1323 ML1323 21 January 1944 15 August 1958
HDML 1347 Q1347 1 January 1945 29 April 1946
ML 814 ML 814 1 January 1943 12 October 1945
ML 819 ML819 10 May 1943 13 December 1945
ML 824 ML824 18 November 1943 19 November 1945
Auxiliary Aase Maersk Not Commissioned
HMAS Abraham Crijnssen AJ 26 May 1937 5 May 1943
HMAS Acute P81 26 April 1968 06 May 1983
HMAS Adelaide (I) 5 August 1922 13 May 1946
HMAS Adelaide (II) FFG 01 15 November 1980 19 January 2008
HMAS Adele (Ex HMAS Franklin) FY89 24 October 1939
HMAS AE1 80 28 February 1914 14 September 1914
HMAS AE2 81 28 February 1914 30 April 1915
HMAS Aitape P84 13 November 1967 14 November 1974
HMAS Albatross (I) 23 January 1929 26 April 1933
HMAS Anzac (I) G90 27 January 1920 30 July 1931
HMAS Anzac (II) D59 14 March 1951 4 October 1974
HMAS Ararat (I) K34/M34 16 June 1943 11 April 1947
HMAS Armidale (I) J240 11 June 1942 1 December 1942
HMAS Arrow P88 3 July 1968 7 February 1975
HMAS Arunta (I) I30/D5/D130 30 March 1942 21 December 1956
HMAS Assail (I) P89 12 July 1968 18 October 1985
HMAS Australia (I) C6/C09/C81 21 June 1913 12 December 1921
HMAS Australia (II) I84/D84/C84 24 April 1928 31 August 1954
HMAS Balikpapan L 126 27 September 1974 12 December 2012
HMAS Ballarat (I) J184 30 August 1941 27 September 1946
HMAS Barbette P97 16 August 1968 15 June 1984
HMAS Barcoo K375/F375/A245 17 January 1944 21 February 1964
HMAS Barwon K406 10 December 1945 31 March 1947
HMAS Bataan D9/I91/D191 25 May 1945 18 October 1954
HMAS Bathurst (I) J158 6 December 1940 27 September 1946
HMAS Benalla (I) J323 27 April 1943 28 January 1946
HMAS Bendigo (II) P211 28 May 1983 9 September 2006
HMAS Bendigo (I) J187 10 May 1941 27 September 1946
HMAS Beryl II F71/BL 9 October 1939 13 December 1945
HMAS Betano L 133 8 February 1974 12 December 2012
RAFA Biloela 5 July 1920 14 November 1927
HMAS Bonthorpe BT 5 February 1940 17 February 1945
HMAS Boonaroo 1 March 1967 8 May 1967
HMAS Bowen J285/M285 9 November 1942 17 January 1946
HMAS Brisbane (I) 31 October 1916 24 September 1935
HMAS Brisbane (II) D41 16 December 1967 19 October 2001
MSA Brolga 1102
HMAS Broome (I) J191 29 July 1942 April 1946
HMAS Buna L132 7 December 1973 26 November 1974
HMAS Bunbury (I) J241 3 January 1943 26 August 1946
HMAS Bunbury (II) P217 15 December 1984 11 February 2006
HMAS Bundaberg (I) J231 12 September 1942 26 March 1946
HMAS Bungaree 9 June 1941 7 August 1946
HMAS Burdekin K376 27 June 1944 18 April 1946
HMAS Burnie J198 15 April 1941 5 July 1946
HMAS Burra Bra BR 1 February 1943 1 June 1944
HMAS Cairns (I) J183 11 May 1942 17 January 1946
HMAS Canberra (I) D33 9 July 1928 9 August 1942
HMAS Canberra (II) FFG 02 21 March 1981 12 November 2005
HMAS Castlemaine J244 17 June 1942 14 December 1945
HMAS Cessnock (I) J175 26 January 1942 12 July 1946
HMAS Cessnock (II) P210 5 March 1983 23 June 2005
HMAS Chinampa CP 1 March 1942 31 December 1945
HMAS Colac J242 6 January 1942 27 November 1945
HMAS Condamine K698/F698 22 February 1946 2 December 1955
HMAS Coolebar J25 18 December 1939 1 June 1945
HMAS Cootamundra J316 30 April 1943 8 June 1959
HMAS Cowra J351 8 October 1943 26 June 1953
HMAS Culgoa K408 1 April 1947 15 April 1954
HMAS Curlew M1121 12 August 1962 30 April 1990
HMAS Deloraine J232 22 November 1941 30 June 1948
HMAS Derwent F22/DE22/DE49 30 April 1964 8 August 1994
HMAS Diamantina (I) K377, A266 27 April 1945 29 February 1980
HMAS Dubbo (I) J251/M251 31 July 1942 7 February 1947
HMAS Dubbo (II) P214 10 March 1984 2 February 2007
HMAS Duchess D154 8 May 1964 23 October 1977
HMAS Echuca J252/M252 7 September 1942 29 June 1948
HMAS Encounter (I) 1 July 1912 1 January 1923
HMAS Fantome 27 November 1914 14 January 1919
HMAS Franklin (later HMAS Adele) 14 September 1915 18 September 1922
HMAS Fremantle (I) J246/M246 24 March 1943 22 June 1959
HMAS Fremantle (II) P203 17 March 1980 11 August 2006
HMAS Gascoyne (I) K354 18 November 1943 1 February 1966
HMAS Gawler (I) J188 14 August 1942 5 April 1946
HMAS Gawler (II) P212 27 August 1983 8 July 2006
HMAS Gayundah 26 September 1884 23 August 1918
HMAS Geelong (I) J201 16 January 1942 18 October 1944
HMAS Geelong (II) P215 2 June 1984 8 July 2006
HMAS Geraldton (II) P213 10 December 1983 7 October 2006
HMAS Geraldton (I) J178 6 April 1942 14 June 1946
HMAS Gladstone (I) J324 22 March 1943 16 July 1956
HMAS Gladstone (II) P216 8 September 1984 13 March 2007
HMAS Glenelg (I) J236 16 November 1942 14 January 1946
HMAS Goorangai GR 9 October 1939 20 November 1940
HMAS Goulburn J167 28 February 1941 27 September 1946
HMAS Gull M1185 19 July 1962 7 November 1969
HMAS Gunbar GB 18 December 1940 30 June 1943
HMAS Gympie J238 4 November 1942 23 May 1946
HMAS Hawk M1139 18 July 1962 7 January 1972
HMAS Hawkesbury (I) K363 5 July 1944 14 February 1955
HMAS Hobart (I) D63 28 September 1938 20 December 1947
HMAS Hobart (II) D39 18 December 1965 12 May 2000
HMAS Horsham (I) J235 18 November 1942 17 November 1945
HMAS Huon (I) D50 14 December 1915 7 June 1928
HMAS Ibis (II) M1183 7 September 1962 4 May 1984
HMAS Inverell J233 17 September 1942 14 June 1946
HMAS Ipswich (I) J186 13 June 1942 5 July 1946
HMAS Ipswich (II) P209 13 November 1982 11 May 2007
HMAS J1 J1 25 March 1919 12 July 1922
HMAS J2 J2 25 March 1919 12 July 1922
HMAS J3 J3 25 March 1919 12 July 1922
HMAS J4 J4 25 March 1919 12 July 1922
HMAS J5 J5 25 March 1919 12 July 1922
HMAS J7 J7 25 March 1919 12 July 1922
HMAS Jeparit 11 December 1969 15 March 1972
HMAS Jervis Bay (I) GT203 25 August 1977 18 April 1994
HMAS Junee J362 11 April 1944 21 August 1957
HMAS Kalgoorlie J192 7 April 1942 8 May 1946
HMAS Kangaroo A291 27 September 1940 15 December 1955
HMAS Kanimbla (I) F23 6 October 1939 25 March 1949
HMAS Kanimbla (II) L51 29 August 1994 25 November 2011
HMAS Kapunda J218 21 October 1942 14 January 1946
HMAS Kara Kara Y276 14 October 1941 8 December 1945
HMAS Karangi A304 23 December 1941 31 May 1957
HMAS Katoomba J204 17 December 1941 2 August 1948
HMAS Kiama J353 26 January 1944 3 April 1946
HMAS Kimbla A314 26 March 1956 15 February 1985
HMAS Koala A315 7 February 1940 18 April 1957
HMAS Kookaburra A331 28 February 1939 3 December 1958
HMAS Koompartoo Z256 23 December 1942 8 June 1962
HMAS Koopa KP 14 September 1942 10 January 1947
HMAS Kuru 83 8 December 1941 22 October 1943
RAFA Kurumba 11 March 1919 29 July 1946
HMAS Kybra 30 September 1940 23 November 1945
HMAS Lachlan K364 14 February 1945 05 October 1949
HMAS Larrakia (I) 81 8 December 1941 16 February 1944
HMAS Latrobe J234 6 November 1942 13 March 1953
HMAS Launceston (I) J179 9 April 1942 23 March 1946
HMAS Launceston (II) P207 1 March 1982 8 September 2006
HMAS Lismore J145 24 January 1941 3 July 1946
HMAS Lithgow J206 14 June 1941 8 June 1948
HMAS Macquarie K532 7 December 1945 17 March 1954
HMAS Manoora (I) F48 12 December 1939 6 December 1947
HMAS Manoora (II) L52 25 November 1994 27 May 2011
HMAS Marguerite T51 8 June 1919 23 July 1929
HMAS Martindale 11 July 1941 03 June 1945
HMAS Maryborough (I) J195 12 June 1941 December 1945
HMAS Matafele MF 1 January 1943 20 June 1944
HMAS Melbourne (I) 18 January 1913 23 April 1928
HMAS Melbourne (II) R21 28 October 1955 30 June 1982
HMAS Mildura J207 23 July 1941 11 September 1953
HMAS Moresby (I) 20 June 1925 14 March 1946
HMAS Mulcra S-141 11 June 1945 10 January 1946
HMAS Murchison K442 17 December 1945 31 January 1956
HMAS Napier G97 28 November 1940 25 October 1945
HMAS Nepal G25 11 May 1942 22 October 1945
HMAS Nestor G02 3 February 1941 16 June 1942
HMAS Nizam G38 19 December 1940 17 October 1945
HMAS Norman (I) G49 15 September 1941 October 1945
HMAS Otway (I) 9 September 1927 24 August 1945
HMAS Ovens S70 18 April 1969 1 December 1995
HMAS Oxley (I) 1 April 1927 10 September 1939
HMAS Oxley (II) S57 21 March 1967 13 February 1992
HMAS Paluma (I) May 1884 1949
HMAS Parkes J361 25 May 1944 17 December 1945
HMAS Parramatta (I) D55 10 September 1910 22 July 1919
HMAS Parramatta (II) U44 8 April 1940 27 November 1941
HMAS Parramatta (III) DE 46 4 July 1961 11 January 1991
HMAS Patricia Cam 3 March 1942 22 January 1943
HMAS Penguin (I) 1 July 1913 1 January 1923
HMAS Perth (I) D29 10 July 1939 1 March 1942
HMAS Perth (II) D 38 17 July 1965 15 October 1999
HMAS Pioneer 1 March 1913 7 November 1916
HMAS Pirie (I) J189 10 October 1942 5 April 1946
HMAS Platypus (I) 25 March 1919 13 May 1946
HMAS Poyang PY 6 May 1943 6 March 1946
HMAS Protector (I) 19 June 1884 June 1924
HMAS Psyche 1 July 1915 26 March 1918
HMAS Quadrant G11/F01 18 October 1945 16 August 1957
HMAS Quality G62 7 September 1942 25 January 1946
HMAS Queenborough G70 29 October 1945 1 April 1972
HMAS Quiberon G81 6 July 1942 26 June 1964
HMAS Quickmatch G92 14 September 1942 26 April 1963
HMAS Riawe 772 26 December 1942 12 December 1945
HMAS Rockhampton J203 21 January 1942 5 August 1946
HMAS Shepparton (I) J248 1 February 1943 10 May 1946
HMAS Shoalhaven K535 2 May 1946 19 December 1955
HMAS Shropshire 73 20 April 1943 10 November 1949
HMAS Snipe M1102 11 September 1962 17 June 1983
HMAS Sprightly A203 23 February 1944 31 March 1958
HMAS Stalwart (I) H14 27/01/1920 1/12/1925
HMAS Stalwart (II) - Part 1 D215 9 February 1968 9 March 1990
HMAS Stalwart (II) - Part 2 D215 9 February 1968 9 March 1990
HMAS Stawell J348 7 August 1943 26 March 1946
HMAS Strahan J363 14 March 1944 25 January 1946
HMAS Stuart (II) DE48 28 June 1963 26 July 1991
HMAS Stuart (I) D00 11 October 1933 27 April 1946
HMAS Success (I) H02 27 January 1920 21 May 1930
HMAS Swan (I) D61 16 August 1916 15 May 1928
HMAS Swan (II) U74 21 January 1937 20 September 1962
HMAS Swan (III) DE 50 20 January 1970 13 September 1996
HMAS Swordsman H11 27/01/1920 21/12/1929
HMAS Sydney (I) 26 June 1913 8 May 1928
HMAS Sydney (II) D48 24 September 1935 19 November 1941
HMAS Sydney (III) R17 16 December 1948 12 November 1973
HMAS Tamworth J191 8 August 1942 30 April 1946
HMAS Tarakan (I) L3017 4 July 1946 12 March 1954
HMAS Tasmania H25 27 January 1920 09 January 1928
HMAS Tattoo H26 27 January 1920 19 June 1936
HMAS Teal M1152 30 August 1962 31 May 1973
HMAS Terka TR 31 January 1941 25 Januray 1943
HMAS Three Cheers TC 20 October 1944 20 February 1946
HMAS Tingira 25 April 1912 30 June 1927
HMAS Tobruk (I) D37 8 May 1950 29 October 1960
HMAS Toowoomba (I) J157 9 October 1941 5 July 1946
HMAS Torrens (I) D67 3 July 1916 12 May 1926
HMAS Townsville (II) P205 18 July 1981 11 May 2007
HMAS Townsville (I) J205 19 December 1941 5 August 1946
HMAS Vampire (I) D68 11 October 1933 9 April 1942
HMAS Vampire (II) D11 23 June 1959 13 August 1986
HMAS Vendetta (I) D69 11 October 1933 27 November 1945
HMAS Vendetta (II) D08 26 November 1958 9 October 1979
HMAS Voyager (I) D31 11 October 1933 23 September 1942
HMAS Voyager (II) D04 12 February 1957 10 February 1964
HMAS Wagga J315 18 December 1942 28 October 1960
HMAS Wallaroo J222 15 July 1942 11 June 1943
HMAS Waree W 18 September 1942 17 October 1946
HMAS Warramunga (I) I44 23 November 1942 7 December 1959
HMAS Warreen 821/Y263 22 October 1942 31 March 1966
HMAS Warrego (I) D70 1 June 1912 22 July 1919
HMAS Warrego (II) U73 22 August 1940 15 August 1963
HMAS Warrnambool (I) J202 23 September 1941 13 September 1947
HMAS Waterhen (I) D22 11 October 1933 30 June 1941
HMAS Wato 11 May 1941 12 November 1945
HMAS Westralia (I) F95 17 January 1940 19 September 1946
HMAS Westralia (II) AO 195 9 October 1989 16 September 2006
HMAS Wewak L 130 10 August 1973 11 December 2012
HMAS Whyalla (I) J153 8 January 1942 16 May 1946
HMAS Wollongong (I) J172 23 October 1941 11 February 1946
HMAS Wollongong (II) P206 28 November 1981 11 February 2006
HMAS Wyatt Earp 17 November 1947 January 1959
HMAS Yandra FY91 22 September 1940 25 March 1946
HMAS Yarra (I) D79 10 September 1910 30 September 1929
HMAS Yarra (II) U77 21 January 1936 4 March 1942
HMAS Yarra (III) DE 45 27 July 1961 22 November 1985