Ship Histories

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/Lostsort descending
SAR Air Nymph (ex-HMAS Air Save) ASR 920 Y257 20 September 1944
HMAS Cerberus (HMVS) April 1871
HMAS Air Speed ASR 910 28 February 1945
HMAS Childers (HMVS)
HMAS Countess of Hopetoun (HMVS) 25 July 1891
HMAS Air Trail ASR 916 8 February 1945
HMAS Lonsdale (HMVS)
Auxiliary Aase Maersk Not Commissioned
HMAS Nepean (HMVS)
HMAS Victoria HMVS
MSA Brolga 1102
HMAS Air Master ASR 919 31 August 1944
HMAS Stalwart (I) H14 27 January 1920 01 December 1925
HMAS Whyalla (II) P 208 03/07/1982 02/09/2005
HMAS Martindale 11 July 1941 03 June 1945
HMAS Acute P81 26 April 1968 06 May 1983
HMAS Sydney (IV) - Part 1 03 29 January 1983 07 November 2015
HMAS Sydney (IV) - Part 4 03 29/01/1983 07/11/2015
HMAS Sydney (IV) - Part 2 03 29/01/1983 07/11/2015
HMAS Sydney (IV) - Part 3 03 29/01/1983 07/11/2015
HMAS Tasmania H25 27 January 1920 09 January 1928
HMAS Armidale (I) J240 11 June 1942 1 December 1942
HMAS Ovens S70 18 April 1969 1 December 1995
HMAS Gascoyne (I) K354 18 November 1943 1 February 1966
HMAS Encounter (I) 1 July 1912 1 January 1923
HMAS Penguin (I) 1 July 1913 1 January 1923
HMAS Kuttabul 26 February 1941 1 June 1942
HMAS Burra Bra BR 1 February 1943 1 June 1944
HMAS Coolebar J25 18 December 1939 1 June 1945
HMAS Perth (I) D29 10 July 1939 1 March 1942
HMAS Samuel Benbow 5 September 1940 1 November 1945
HMAS Voyager (II) D04 12 February 1957 10 February 1964
HMAS Mulcra S-141 11 June 1945 10 January 1946
HMAS Koopa KP 14 September 1942 10 January 1947
HMAS Shepparton (I) J248 1 February 1943 10 May 1946
HMAS Shropshire 73 20 April 1943 10 November 1949
HMAS Oxley (I) 1 April 1927 10 September 1939
HMAS Ararat (I) K34/M34 16 June 1943 11 April 1947
HMAS Fremantle (II) P203 17 March 1980 11 August 2006
HMAS Wewak L 130 10 August 1973 11 December 2012
HMAS Wollongong (I) J172 23 October 1941 11 February 1946
HMAS Wollongong (II) P206 28 November 1981 11 February 2006
HMAS Bunbury (II) P217 15 December 1984 11 February 2006
HMAS Parramatta (III) DE 46 4 July 1961 11 January 1991
HMAS Wallaroo J222 15 July 1942 11 June 1943
HMAS Townsville (II) P205 18 July 1981 11 May 2007
HMAS Ipswich (II) P209 13 November 1982 11 May 2007
HMAS Woomera 20 February 1946 11 October 1960
HMAS Mildura J207 23 July 1941 11 September 1953
HMAS Australia (I) C6/C09/C81 21 June 1913 12 December 1921

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