HMAS
Gawler
(II)

HMAS Gawler (II)
Class
Fremantle Class
Type
Patrol Boat (PB)
Pennant
P212
International Callsign
VLRJ
Motto
Serve with Pride
Builder
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
Launched
9 July 1983
Launched by
Mrs CM Fry, wife of the founder of NQEA
Commissioned
27 August 1983
Decommissioned
8 July 2006
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 metres
Beam 7.15 metres
Draught 1.8 metres
Performance
Speed 30 knots
Range 2360 nautical miles at 12 knots
Complement
Crew 24
Propulsion
Machinery
  • Two MTU 538 series 16-cylinder main propulsion engines
  • One Dorman 12-cylinder auxiliary propulsion engine
Horsepower 6140
Armament
Guns
  • 40/60mm Bofors general purpose gun
  • 2 x .50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns
Awards
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.

Gawler was launched on 9 July 1983 at North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland by Mrs CM Fry, wife of the founder of NQEA. She was commissioned on 27 August 1983.
Gawler was launched on 9 July 1983 at North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland by Mrs CM Fry, wife of the founder of NQEA. She was commissioned on 27 August 1983.
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.

 

HMAS Gawler II
HMAS Gawler II

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.

Decommissioning crew of HMAS Gawler II.
Decommissioning crew of HMAS Gawler (II).
HMAS Gawler II flying her decommissioning pennant as she sails into her home port of Darwin for the last time.
HMAS Gawler (II) flying her decommissioning pennant as she sails into her home port of Darwin for the last time.
Left: The guard marches on at the commencement of the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Middle: The Maritime Commander, Rear Admiral Dayvd Thomas AM CSC RAN, takes the salute from the guard at the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Right: Mrs. Celia Fry OAM inspects the guard at the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Mrs. Fry was the Launching Lady for HMAS Gawler in 1983 and is now the Decommissioning Lady of HMAS Gawler.
Left: The guard marches on at the commencement of the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Middle: The Maritime Commander, Rear Admiral Dayvd Thomas AM CSC RAN, takes the salute from the guard at the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Right: Mrs. Celia Fry OAM inspects the guard at the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Mrs. Fry was the Launching Lady for HMAS Gawler in 1983 and is now the Decommissioning Lady of HMAS Gawler.
Left: Lieutenant Commander Gavin Baker, Commanding Officer HMAS Gawler, makes his address at the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Right: HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler.
Left: Lieutenant Commander Gavin Baker, Commanding Officer HMAS Gawler, makes his address at the decommissioning ceremony for HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler. Right: HMA Ships Geelong and Gawler.
At sunset HMAS Gawler is officially decommissioned and the White Ensign comes down for the last time.
At sunset HMAS Gawler is officially decommissioned and the White Ensign comes down for the last time.

Commanding Officers of HMAS Gawler (II)

27 Aug 1983 - 11 Dec 1984 Lieutenant Commander ID Gibson, RAN
11 Dec 1984 - 06 Jun 1986 Lieutenant Commander JW Moorcroft, RAN
06 Dec 1984 - 29 Oct 1987 Lieutenant Commander GR Caldrow, RAN
29 Dec 1987 - 20 Apr 1989 Lieutenant Commander D Nolan, RAN
20 Apr 1989 - 05 May 1990 Lieutenant Commander TJ Morgan, RAN
05 May 1990 - 22 Sep 1990 Lieutenant MJ Brown, RAN
22 Sep 1990 - 15 May 1992 Lieutenant Commander LP O'Driscoll, RAN
15 May 1992 - 29 Oct 1993 Lieutenant Commander DJ Frew, RAN
29 Oct 1993 - 27 Apr 1995 Lieutenant Commander JR Backhouse, RAN
22 Apr 1994 - 07 May 1994 Lieutenant Commander PC Metcalf, RAN (Temporary Command)
07 May 1994 - 27 May 1994 Lieutenant CJ Kerr, RANR (Temporary Command)
27 Apr 1995 - 09 Oct 1996 Lieutenant Commander MR Nicol, RAN
09 Oct 1996 - 24 Apr 1998 Lieutenant Commander DH Kilby, RAN
24 Apr 1998 - 08 Oct 1999 Lieutenant Commander BR Victor, RAN
08 Oct 1999 - 23 Apr 2001 Lieutenant Commander RP Davies, RAN
24 Apr 2001 - 07 Jan 2003 Lieutenant Commander CN Tziolis, RAN
07 Jan 2003 - 16 Jun 2004 Lieutenant Commander RB Donnelly, RAN
16 Jun 2004 - 08 Jul 2006 Lieutenant Commander GR Baker, RAN