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
Auxiliary Aase Maersk Not Commissioned
MSA Brolga 1102
SAR Air Nymph (ex-HMAS Air Save) ASR 920 Y257 20 September 1944
HMAS Air Speed ASR 910 28 February 1945
HMAS Countess of Hopetoun (HMVS) 25 July 1891
HMAS Lonsdale (HMVS)
HMAS Nepean (HMVS)
HMAS Victoria (HMVS)
HMAS Air Trail ASR 916 8 February 1945
HMAS Air Master ASR 919 31 August 1944
HMAS Stalwart (I) H14 27 January 1920 01 December 1925
HMAS Martindale 11 July 1941 03 June 1945
HMAS Acute P81 26 April 1968 06 May 1983
HMAS Sydney (IV) 03 29 January 1983 07 November 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 Bunbury (II) P217 15 December 1984 11 February 2006
HMAS Wollongong (II) P206 28 November 1981 11 February 2006
HMAS Parramatta (III) DE 46 4 July 1961 11 January 1991
HMAS Wallaroo J222 15 July 1942 11 June 1943
HMAS Ipswich (II) P209 13 November 1982 11 May 2007
HMAS Townsville (II) P205 18 July 1981 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
HMAS Riawe 772 26 December 1942 12 December 1945
HMAS Balikpapan L 126 27 September 1974 12 December 2012
HMAS Betano L 133 8 February 1974 12 December 2012
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 Cessnock (I) J175 26 January 1942 12 July 1946
HMAS Tarakan (I) L3017 4 July 1946 12 March 1954
HMAS Torrens (I) D67 3 July 1916 12 May 1926
HMAS Hobart (II) D39 18 December 1965 12 May 2000
HMAS Wato 11 May 1941 12 November 1945
HMAS Sydney (III) R17 later A214 16 December 1948 12 November 1973
HMAS Canberra (II) FFG 02 21 March 1981 12 November 2005
ML 814 ML 814 1 January 1943 12 October 1945
HMAS Suva 23rd June 1919 12th August 1919
HMAS Vampire (II) D11 23 June 1959 13 August 1986
ML 819 ML819 10 May 1943 13 December 1945
HMAS Beryl (II) F71/BL 9 October 1939 13 December 1945
HMAS Oxley (II) S57 21 March 1967 13 February 1992
HMAS Latrobe J234 6 November 1942 13 March 1953
HMAS Gladstone (II) P216 8 September 1984 13 March 2007
HMAS Platypus (I) 25 March 1919 13 May 1946
HMAS Adelaide (I) 5 August 1922 13 May 1946
HMAS Warrnambool (I) J202 23 September 1941 13 September 1947
HMAS Swan (III) DE 50 20 January 1970 13 September 1996
HMAS Castlemaine J244 17 June 1942 14 December 1945
HMAS Hawkesbury (I) K363 5 July 1944 14 February 1955
HMAS Fantome 27 November 1914 14 January 1919
HMAS Kapunda J218 21 October 1942 14 January 1946
HMAS Glenelg (I) J236 16 November 1942 14 January 1946
HMAS Inverell J233 17 September 1942 14 June 1946
HMAS Geraldton (I) J178 6 April 1942 14 June 1946
HMAS Moresby (I) 20 June 1925 14 March 1946
HMAS Orara 9 October 1939 14 May 1945
RAFA Biloela 5 July 1920 14 November 1927
HMAS Aitape P84 13 November 1967 14 November 1974
HMAS AE1 80 28 February 1914 14 September 1914
HMAS Winter WR 24 July 1943 14 September 1945
HMAS Culgoa K408 1 April 1947 15 April 1954
HDML 1323 ML1323 21 January 1944 15 August 1958
HMAS Warrego (II) U73 22 August 1940 15 August 1963
HMAS Kangaroo A291 27 September 1940 15 December 1955
HMAS Kimbla A314 26 March 1956 15 February 1985
HMAS Air Chief ASR 918, Y252 12 August 1944 15 July 1966
HMAS Barbette P97 16 August 1968 15 June 1984
HMAS Jeparit 11 December 1969 15 March 1972
HMAS Swan (I) D61 16 August 1916 15 May 1928
HMAS Perth (II) D 38 17 July 1965 15 October 1999
HMAS Childers (HMVS) 15 September 1916
HMAS Quadrant G11/F01 18 October 1945 16 August 1957
HMAS Supply 0195, A195, AO195 15 August 1962 as HMAS Tide Austral 16 December 1985
HMAS Larrakia (I) 81 8 December 1941 16 February 1944
HMAS Gladstone (I) J324 22 March 1943 16 July 1956

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