HMAS Bunbury (II)
Fremantle Class
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
15 December 1984
11 February 2006
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 metres
Beam 7.15 metres
Draught 1.8 meters
Speed 30 knots
Crew 24
  • Two MTU 538 series 16-cylinder main propulsion engines
  • One Dorman 12-cylinder auxiliary propulsion engine
Horsepower 6,140
  • 40/60mm Bofors general purpose gun
  • 2 x .50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Bunbury (II) Badge

Bunbury and her 14 sister FCPBs were the Navy's principal contribution to the nation's fisheries protection, immigration, customs and drug law enforcement operations. The vessels worked hand-in-hand with other Government agencies and each year they provided up to 1800 patrol days as part of the Coastwatch-managed national surveillance effort. In the event of war they would have been tasked to control the waters close to the Australian mainland. They were well prepared for their patrol duties and other operational requirements.

The commissioning crew of HMAS Bunbury with their captain, 15 December 1984

The commissioning crew of HMAS Bunbury (II), 15 December 1984.

In addition FCPBs were central to Australia's engagement with countries in the South West Pacific region and deployed throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific in support of Australia's strategic interests. The Fremantle Class Patrol Boats (and now the Armidale Class Patrol Boats) also supported Special Forces operations and provided a useful transport capability, particularly in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations.

Bunbury was equipped with high definition navigational radar, high and ultra high frequency communications equipment, gyro compasses and echo sounder. She was also fitted with a satellite navigation system that enabled the ship's position to be determined with great accuracy.

Bunbury was the second ship of this name within the RAN. HMAS Bunbury (I) was a Bathurst class corvette.

HMAS Bunbury was one of 15 Fremantle Class Patrol Boats commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy. They were larger, more powerful and capable than the proceeding Attack class.

HMAS Bunbury was one of 15 Fremantle Class Patrol Boats commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy. They were larger, more powerful and more capable than the preceeding Attack class.

HMAS Bunbury's Ships Company, 20 September 2001. 40/60 Mount: LSETW D. Hunter, ABBM D. Donnellan, ABBM M. Fitt. Standing (L-R): LSRO G. Truman, ABBM M. McDonald, MIDN Couchman, ABMT G. Argall, ABCK S. Hales, ABMT B. Lynch, POMT P. Turner, CPOMT J. Mitchener, POB C. Smart, PONPC G. Coyle, LSBM R. Norman, MIDN R. Apikotoa, POMT P. Scales, ABMT D. Stow, MIDN N. Grant. Front Row (L-R): LSRO M. Maloney, LEUT G. Williams, LCDR M. Miller (CO), LEUT S. Muller (XO), LSETC S. Thissen.

HMAS Bunbury's ship's company, 20 September 2001. 40/60 Mount: LSETW D Hunter, ABBM D Donnellan, ABBM M Fitt. Standing, from left: LSRO G Truman, ABBM M McDonald, MIDN Couchman, ABMT G Argall, ABCK S Hales, ABMT B Lynch, POMT P Turner, CPOMT J Mitchener, POB C Smart, PONPC G Coyle, LSBM R Norman, MIDN R Apikotoa, POMT P Scales, ABMT D Stow, MIDN N Grant. Front row, from left: LSRO M Maloney, LEUT G Williams, LCDR M Miller (CO), LEUT S Muller (XO), LSETC S Thissen.