HMAS Gawler (II)
Fremantle Class
Patrol Boat (PB)
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
27 August 1983
8 July 2006
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 metres
Beam 7.15 metres
Draught 1.8 meters
Speed 30 knots
Range 2,360 nautical miles at 12 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 Gawler (II) Badge

Gawler 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 Gawler was one of 14 Fremantle Class Patrol Boats built to replace the Attack Class
HMAS Gawler was one of 14 Fremantle Class Patrol Boats built to replace the Attack class.

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.

Gawler 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.

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