Admiral's Barge

The Admiral’s Barge is one of two vessels belonging to the VIP Boat Squadron. Commissioned in 1993, built by Norman R Wright & Sons in Brisbane, the Admiral’s Barge is the third vessel to carry the name.

The barge is seen in service around Sydney Harbour in the escort of senior Australian officials and foreign dignitaries on ceremonial occasions. The 2011 Royal visit was an important event for the VIP Boat Squadron and the Royal Australian Navy when the Admiral’s Barge temporarily undertook ‘higher duties’ in service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Type Ceremonial and VIP transport
Home port Fleet Base East
Builder Norman R Wright & Sons, Bulimba, Queensland
  • 5.68 tonnes (light)
  • 6.25 tonnes (loaded)
Length 12.07 metres
Beam 3.9 metres
Draught 0.932 metres
Speed 16 knots
  • 3 crew
  • 8 passengers
Machinery 2 x M240 TI Perkins

1 x 102-4 Perkins (APU)


Ceremonial and VIP transport