HMAS Townsville (II)
Fremantle Class
Patrol Boat
North Queensland Engineers and Agents, Cairns, Queensland
Laid Down
5 March 1979
16 May 1981
Launched by
Lady Ramasy, wife of the Governor of Queensland
18 July 1981
11 May 2007
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 220 tonnes
Length 42 meters
Beam 7.15 meters
Draught 2.5 meters
Speed 30 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
  • 2 x .50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Townsville (II) Badge

HMAS Townsville and her 14 sister were 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.

Fremantle Class Patrol Boats were highly capable and versatile warships which were able to conduct a wide variety of missions and tasks. One of the primary duties was the contribution to the Civil Surveillance Program'. Surveillance and Boarding operations conducted by the Royal Australian Navy safeguard Australia 's sovereignty and significantly contribute to the security of our nation. Our operations protected against unauthorized entry, breaches of customs, immigration and drugs legislation, other illegal activity and in support of law enforcement, preserved the integrity of our national fish-stocks, our marine environment and other natural resources.

HMAS Townsville (II)
HMAS Townsville (II)

Townsville had a range of 2360 nautical miles at 12 knots and a maximum speed of almost 30 knots. It was equipped with high-definition navigational radar, high and ultra high frequency communications equipment, gyro compasses and echo sounder. Townsville was also fitted with a satellite navigation system that enabled the ship's position to be determined with great accuracy.

Townsville was the second ship in the RAN to carry the name. HMAS Townsville (I) was a Bathurst class corvette that served during World War II.