HMAS Geelong (II)
Fremantle Class
Patrol Boat (PB)
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
2 June 1984
8 July 2006
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 metres
Beam 7.15 metres
Draught 1.8 metres
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
  • 40/60 Bofors general purpose gun
  • 2 x .50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Geelong (II) Badge

Geelong 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 Geelong was one of 15 Fremantle Class Partol Boats built to replace the Attack Class
HMAS Geelong was one of 15 Fremantle Class Partol Boats built to replace the Attack Class

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.

Geelong 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.

Geelong carries the Battle Honours

  • "Pacific 1942-44" and
  • "New Guinea 1944".

These honours were awarded to the name Geelong in recognition of the career of the first HMAS Geelong (I), a Bathurst class minesweeper, active during the Second World War. Geelong (I) was berthed alongside Garden Island during the infamous raid on Sydney Harbour by Japanese Mini-Submarines. During the attack HMAS Geelong (I)’s searchlight probed the darkness and at 2130 she fired on a “suspicious object” off Bradleys Head.