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 Pennantsort descending Commissioned Decommissioned/Lost
HMAS Tingira 25 April 1912 30 June 1927
HMAS Cerberus (HMVS) April 1871 April 1921
HMAS Melbourne (I) 18 January 1913 23 April 1928
HMAS Samuel Benbow 5 September 1940 1 November 1945
HMAS Childers (HMVS) 15 September 1916
HMAS Jeparit 11 December 1969 15 March 1972
HMAS Albert (HMVS) 24 June 1884 20 May 1895
HMAS Brisbane (I) 31 October 1916 24 September 1935
HMAS Moresby (I) 20 June 1925 14 March 1946
HMAS Countess of Hopetoun (HMVS) 25 July 1891
HMAS Gayundah 26 September 1884 23 August 1918
HMAS Lonsdale (HMVS)
HMAS Woomera 20 February 1946 11 October 1960
HMAS Nepean (HMVS)
HMAS Victoria (HMVS)
HMAS Bungaree 9 June 1941 7 August 1946
HMAS Adelaide (I) 5 August 1922 13 May 1946
HMAS Albatross (I) 23 January 1929 26 April 1933
HMAS Otway (I) 15 June 1927 24 August 1945
HMAS Oxley (I) 1 April 1927 10 September 1939
HMAS Goonambee 09 August 1940 4 October 1944
Auxiliary Aase Maersk Not Commissioned
HMAS Paluma (I) May 1884 1949
HMAS Orara 9 October 1939 14 May 1945
RAFA Kurumba 11 March 1919 29 July 1946
HMAS Suva 23rd June 1919 12th August 1919
HMAS Mourilyan 23 May 1918 20 December 1918
HMAS Patricia Cam 3 March 1942 22 January 1943
HMAS Martindale 11 July 1941 03 June 1945
HMAS Penguin (I) 1 July 1913 1 January 1923
HMAS Wato 11 May 1941 12 November 1945
HMAS Pioneer 1 March 1913 7 November 1916
HMAS Sydney (I) 26 June 1913 8 May 1928
HMAS Platypus (I) 25 March 1919 13 May 1946
HMAS Protector (I) (HMCS) 19 June 1884 June 1924
HMAS Wyatt Earp 17 November 1947 January 1959
HMAS Franklin (later HMAS Adele) 14 September 1915 18 September 1922
HMAS Psyche 1 July 1915 26 March 1918
HMAS Encounter (I) 1 July 1912 1 January 1923
RAFA Biloela 5 July 1920 14 November 1927
HMAS Kybra 30 September 1940 23 November 1945
HMAS Fantome 27 November 1914 14 January 1919
HMAS Kuttabul 26 February 1941 1 June 1942
HMAS Narani 11 June 1941 22 August 1944
HMAS Boonaroo 1 March 1967 8 May 1967
HMAS Paterson 1 May 1941 26 November 1945
HMAS Supply 0195, A195, AO195 15 August 1962 as HMAS Tide Austral 16 December 1985
HMAS Sydney (IV) 03 29 January 1983 07 November 2015
MSA Brolga 1102
HDML 1321 1321 11 November 1943 1970
HMAS Shropshire 73 20 April 1943 10 November 1949
HMAS Riawe 772 26 December 1942 12 December 1945
HMAS AE1 80 28 February 1914 14 September 1914
HMAS AE2 81 28 February 1914 30 April 1915
HMAS Larrakia (I) 81 8 December 1941 16 February 1944
HMAS Warreen 821/Y263 22 October 1942 31 March 1966
HMAS Kuru 83 8 December 1941 22 October 1943
HMAS Sprightly A203 23 February 1944 31 March 1958
HMAS Kangaroo A291 27 September 1940 15 December 1955
HMAS Karangi A304 23 December 1941 31 May 1957
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 Abraham Crijnssen AJ 26 May 1937 5 May 1943
HMAS Allenwood AL 29 July 1941 31 October 1944
HMAS Westralia (II) AO 195 9 October 1989 16 September 2006
HMAS Air Hope ASR 908 13 February 1945 20 July 1946
HMAS Air Faith ASR 909 Y258 8 February 1945 29 August 1946
HMAS Air Speed ASR 910 28 February 1945
HMAS Air Spray ASR 911 Y259 02-102 13 February 1945 16 September 1946
HMAS Air Foam ASR 912 20 September 1944 June 1944
HMAS Air Guide ASR 913 Y260 20 October 1944 9 August 1946
HMAS Air Sense ASR 914 1 March 1945 21 October 1946
HMAS Air Bird ASR 915 28 March 1945 30 September 1946
HMAS Air Trail ASR 916 8 February 1945
HMAS Air Mist ASR 917 20 September 1944 19 December 1945
HMAS Air Chief ASR 918, Y252 12 August 1944 15 July 1966
HMAS Air Master ASR 919 31 August 1944
SAR Air Nymph (ex-HMAS Air Save) ASR 920 Y257 20 September 1944
HMAS Air Rest ASR 921 20 September 1944 25 May 1949
HMAS Air Clan ASR 922 11 December 1944 30 September 1946
HMAS Air View ASR 923 20 November 1944 30 September 1946
HMAS Air Cloud ASR 924 20 October 1944 1949
HMAS Air Mercy ASR 925 28 February 1945 1957
HMAS Air Sailor ASR 926 8 November 1944 31 August 1946
HMAS Air Watch ASR 927 27 November 1944 24 September 1946
HMAS Burra Bra BR 1 February 1943 1 June 1944
HMAS Bonthorpe BT 5 February 1940 17 February 1945
HMAS Australia (I) C6/C09/C81 21 June 1913 12 December 1921
HMAS Chinampa CP 1 March 1942 31 December 1945
HMAS Perth (II) D 38 17 July 1965 15 October 1999
HMAS Stuart (I) D00 11 October 1933 27 April 1946
HMAS Voyager (II) D04 12 February 1957 10 February 1964
HMAS Vendetta (II) D08 26 November 1958 9 October 1979
HMAS Vampire (II) D11 23 June 1959 13 August 1986
HMAS Duchess D154 8 May 1964 23 October 1977
HMAS Stalwart (II) D215 9 February 1968 9 March 1990
HMAS Waterhen (I) D22 11 October 1933 30 June 1941
HMAS Perth (I) D29 10 July 1939 1 March 1942
HMAS Voyager (I) D31 11 October 1933 23 September 1942

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