HMAS
Geraldton
(II)

HMAS Geraldton (II)
Class
Fremantle Class
Type
Patrol Boat
Pennant
P213
International Callsign
VLRK
Motto
Fortune to the Brave
Builder
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
Launched
22 October 1983
Launched by
Mrs P Leach, Wife of the then Chief of Naval Staff
Commissioned
10 December 1983
Decommissioned
7 October 2006
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 metres
Beam 7.15 metres
Draught 1.8 metres
Performance
Speed 30 knots
Complement
Crew 24
Propulsion
Machinery Two MTU 538 series 16-cylinder main propulsion engines
Armament
Guns
  • 40/60 Bofors general purpose gun
  • 2 x .50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns
Awards
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Geraldton (II) Badge

Geraldton 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.

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.

HMAS Geraldton II
HMAS Geraldton II
HMAS Stuart lining the side and cheering ship for the Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KB. HMAS Geraldton II in the background, c. March 1986.
HMAS Stuart lining the side and cheering ship for the Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KB. HMAS Geraldton II in the background, circa March 1986.
The Fremantle-class patrol boat HMAS Geraldton nestles in amongst the greenery whilst undergoing a refit at HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West on Garden Island, WA.
The Fremantle class patrol boat HMAS Geraldton nestles in amongst the greenery whilst undergoing a refit at HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West on Garden Island, WA.
HMAS Geraldton (213) and HMAS Bunbury (217) at sea.
HMAS Geraldton (213) and HMAS Bunbury (217) at sea.
Left: Fremantle class patrol boat HMAS Geraldton, based in Darwin, Northern Territory arrived in Geraldton for the very last time before decommisioning in October 2006. Middle: Able Seaman Communication Systems Information Aaron Clement on the flagdeck. Right: A sailor from HMAS Geraldton preparing to berth at number 6 Commercial Wharf in Geraldton, WA
Left: Fremantle class patrol boat HMAS Geraldton, based in Darwin, NT arrived in Geraldton for the very last time before decommisioning in October 2006. Middle: Able Seaman Communication Systems Information Aaron Clement on the flagdeck. Right: A sailor from HMAS Geraldton preparing to berth at number 6 Commercial Wharf in Geraldton, WA
Left: Navigator Lieutenant Anita Nemarich takes a fix with the starboard Pelorus. Right: Able Seaman Communication System Information Aaron Clement fallen in on the Foecastle of HMAS Geraldton.
Left: Navigator Lieutenant Anita Nemarich takes a fix with the starboard Pelorus. Right: Able Seaman Communication System Information Aaron Clement fallen in on the Foecastle of HMAS Geraldton.
Left: HMAS Geraldton in Geraldton, WA, c. October 2006. Right: Commanding Officer HMAS Geraldton Lieutenant Commander Aaron Nye presents the Mayor of Geraldton Vickie Petersen a framed photo of HMAS Geraldton berthing in Geraldton for the last time.
Left: HMAS Geraldton in Geraldton, WA, circa October 2006. Right: Commanding Officer HMAS Geraldton Lieutenant Commander Aaron Nye presents the Mayor of Geraldton Vickie Petersen a framed photo of HMAS Geraldton berthing in Geraldton for the last time.

Geraldton 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.

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

HMAS Geraldton conducting a ceremonial sunset at the HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton, WA, c. October 2006.
HMAS Geraldton conducting a ceremonial sunset at the HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton, WA, circa October 2006.
Left and middle: HMAS Geraldton conducting a ceremonial sunset at the HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton, WA, c. October 2006. Right: Training Ship Morrow with HMAS Geraldton at the HMAS Sydney Memorial.
Left and middle: HMAS Geraldton conducting a ceremonial sunset at the HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton, WA, circa October 2006. Right: Training Ship Morrow with HMAS Geraldton at the HMAS Sydney Memorial.
HMAS Geraldton II decomissioning crew.
HMAS Geraldton II decomissioning crew.

Commanding Officers of HMAS Geraldton (II)

10 Dec 1983-08 Jan 1985 Lieutenant Commander PR Corney, RAN
08 Jan 1985-23 Jun 1986 Lieutenant Commander RW Hunter, RAN
23 Jun 1986-25 Sep 1987 Lieutenant Commander CI White, RAN
25 Sep 1987-09 May 1989 Lieutenant Commander L Walton, RAN
09 May 1989-19 Nov 1990 Lieutenant Commander RR Baker, RAN 
19 Nov 1990-11 Apr 1991 Lieutenant Commander PJ Harrison, RAN
11 Apr 1991-16 Apr 1993 Lieutenant Commander KR Johnson, RAN
16 Apr 1993-17 Apr 1995 Lieutenant Commander BA Hillard, RAN
17 Apr 1995-17 Oct 1996 Lieutenant Commander DL McCourt, RAN
17 Oct 1996-16 Apr 1998 Lieutenant Commander SB Reid, RAN
16 Apr 1998-15 Oct 1999 Lieutenant Commander PL Orchard, RAN
15 Oct 1999-26 Apr 2001 Lieutenant Commander WD Martin, RAN
26 Apr 2001-10 Dec 2002 Lieutenant Commander MH Steel, RAN
10 Dec 2002-03 Jun 2004 Lieutenant Commander TM Morrison, RAN
03 Jun 2004-03 Jun 2006 Lieutenant Commander R Fonhof, RAN
03 Jun 2006-07 Oct 2006 Lieutenant Commander AW Nye, RAN