HMAS
Dubbo
(II)

HMAS Dubbo (II)
Class
Fremantle Class
Type
Patrol Boat (PB)
Pennant
P214
Builder
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
Commissioned
10 March 1984
Decommissioned
2 February 2007
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 metres
Beam 7.15 metres
Draught 1.8 meters
Performance
Speed 30 knots
Complement
Crew 24
Propulsion
Machinery
  • Two MTU 538 series 16-cylinder main propulsion engines
  • One Dorman 12-cylinder auxiliary propulsion engine
Horsepower 6,140
Armament
Guns
  • 40/60mm Bofors general purpose gun
  • 2 x .50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns
Awards
Inherited Battle Honours PACIFIC 1942-45
HMAS Dubbo (II) Badge

HMAS Dubbo 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.

HMAS Dubbo in Sydney Harbour
HMAS Dubbo in Sydney Harbour

In addition 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.

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

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

 

HMAS Dubbo dressed ship
HMAS Dubbo dressed ship