HMAS Hawkesbury (II) at sea
Extended Readiness Availability
Huon Class
Role Mine Warfare
M 83
International Callsign
Equality Not Servitude
Home Port
ADI Newcastle
24 April 1998
12 February 2000
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 732 tonnes
Length 52.5 metres
Beam 9.9 metres
Draught 3 metres
Speed 14 knots
Range 1,600 nautical miles
Crew 46
  • 1 x Fincantieri GMT diesel
  • 3 x Isotta Fraschini 1300 diesels
  • 3 x electrohydraulic motors
  • Riva Calzoni retractable/rotatable APUs
Guns 1 x MSI DS 30B 30mm
Physical Countermeasures
  • 2 x Bofors SUTEC Double-Eagle Mk 2 mine disposal vehicles
  • 2 x MEL Aviation Super Barricade chaff launchers
Electronic Countermeasures AWADI Prism
Radars Kelvin Hughes 1007
Sonars GEC-Marconi Type 2093
Combat Data Systems GEC-Marconi Nautis 2M
Weapon Control Systems Radamec 1400N optronic surveillance system
Inherited Battle Honours
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HMAS Hawkesbury is the second of six Huon class minehunters built for the Royal Australian Navy by Australian Defence Industries, Newcastle, NSW.

The ship is the most advanced of its type in the world. Like her sister ships, Hawkesbury is made of fibre reinforced plastic and has a unique single skin solid hull that has no ribs or frames and provides high underwater shock resistance and very low magnetic and noise levels. This hull is designed to flex inwards if an undersea explosion occurs nearby. All machinery/equipment is mounted on cradles or suspended from bulkheads to further enhance resistance to shock damage and protect ship systems.

HMAS Hawkesbury (II) is not currently in active service having been placed into Extended Readiness Availability in 2011.

The Huon class minehunters are all named after Australian rivers. Hawkesbury is the second RAN ship to carry the name. The first, during World War II, formed part of the supporting forces for the invasion of Tarakan and Brunei and as an escort for ships taking troops and supplies to the Philippines. It was the sole Australian warship present in Singapore when Lord Louis Mountbatten received the official surrender of the Japanese.

HMAS Hawkesbury arrives in the Solomon Islands for the Australian lead mission, Operation HELPEM FREN in September 2003.
HMAS Hawkesbury arrives in the Solomon Islands for the Australian lead mission, Operation HELPEM FREN (Pijin for Help a Friend), in September 2003.