Ship Histories

Select from the list below to view ship data and historical facts of past RAN vessels.

We apologise if a ship you are particularly interested in is not on this list. Our Naval History Section continues to work on updating this list, however researching each individual ship history is an involved process that entails reviewing monthly Reports of Proceedings and official logs for each year of a ship's commission. Often this material can span a period of greater than 20 years and it takes considerable time to review it and author an accurate history suitable for publication. Your patience in this matter is appreciated.

Name Pennantsort descending Commissioned Decommissioned/Lost
HMVS Gordon
HMAS Tingira 25 April 1912 30 June 1927
HMAS Albert (HMVS) 24 June 1884 20 May 1895
HMAS Paluma (I) May 1884 1949
HMAS Jervis Bay (II) 10 June 1999 11 May 2001
HMAS Countess of Hopetoun (HMVS) 25 July 1891
Avernus (NSW colony)
HMAS Woomera 20 February 1946 11 October 1960
HMAS Lonsdale (HMVS)
HMAS Nepean (HMVS)
RAFA Kurumba 11 March 1919 29 July 1946
HMAS Victoria (HMVS)
HMAS Moruya 4 October 1941 November 1944
HMAS Bungaree 9 June 1941 7 August 1946
HMAS Patricia Cam 3 March 1942 22 January 1943
HMAS Penguin (I) 1 July 1913 1 January 1923
HMAS Pioneer 1 March 1913 7 November 1916
HMAS Goonambee 9 August 1940 4 October 1944
HMAS Platypus (I) 25 March 1919 13 May 1946
HMAS Protector (I) (HMCS) 19 June 1884 June 1924
HMAS Psyche 1 July 1915 26 March 1918
HMAS Borough Belle 13 December 1943 4 December 1945
HMAS Suva 23rd June 1919 12th August 1919
HMAS Encounter (I) 1 July 1912 1 January 1923
HMAS Mourilyan 23 May 1918 20 December 1918
HMAS Fantome 27 November 1914 14 January 1919
HMAS Catherine R 15 October 1943 29 November 1945
RAFA Biloela 5 July 1920 14 November 1927
HMAS Martindale 11 July 1941 3 June 1945
HMAS Sleuth 18 January 1917 19 February 1920
HMAS Boonaroo 1 March 1967 8 May 1967
HMAS Melbourne (I) 18 January 1913 23 April 1928
HMAS Jeparit 11 December 1969 15 March 1972
HMAS Moresby (I) 20 June 1925 14 March 1946
HMAS Berrima 17 August 1914 20 October 1914
HMAS Brisbane (I) 31 October 1916 24 September 1935
HMAS Wato 11 May 1941 12 November 1945
HMAS Gayundah 26 September 1884 23 August 1918
HMAS Adelaide (I) 5 August 1922 13 May 1946
HMAS Mallow
HMAS Franklin (later HMAS Adele) 14 September 1915 18 September 1922
HMAS Albatross (I) 23 January 1929 26 April 1933
HMAS Sydney (I) 26 June 1913 8 May 1928
HMAS Wyatt Earp 17 November 1947 January 1959
HMAS Geranium 14 February 1920 10 November 1927
HMAS Kybra 30 September 1940 23 November 1945
HMAS Alatna 2 February 1944
HMAS Narani 11 June 1941 22 August 1944
HMAS Kuttabul 26 February 1941 1 June 1942
HMAS Otway (I) 15 June 1927 24 August 1945
Coal Hulk Hankow
HMAS Paterson 1 May 1941 26 November 1945
HMAS Upolu
HMAS Samuel Benbow 5 September 1940 1 November 1945
HMAS Cerberus (HMVS) April 1871 April 1921
HMAS Oxley (I) 1 April 1927 10 September 1939
Hospital Ship Grantala
HMAS Childers (HMVS) 15 September 1916
HMAS Supply (I) 0195, A195, AO195 15 August 1962 as HMAS Tide Austral 16 December 1985
HMAS Sydney (IV) 03 29 January 1983 7 November 2015
MSA Brolga 1102
HDML 1321 1321 11 November 1943 1970
HMAS Lolita 14 22 November 1941 13 June 1945
HMAS Esmeralda 15 20 November 1941 30 January 1946
HMAS Amohine 541 8 July 1943 1 November 1945
HMAS Aeolus 563 23 October 1942 23 June 1944
HMAS Arista 567 7 November 1942 17 April 1944
HMAS Allambie 570 22 January 1943 3 October 1944
HMAS Carinya 572 6 September 1943 3 May 1946
HMAS Emilea 584 16 April 1943 29 March 1944
HMAS Bundarra 621 2 January 1943
HMAS Alexander Thompson 623 16 January 1943 22 November 1944
HMAS Avonita 712 23 September 1942 19 November 1945
HMAS Avalon 717 23 September 1942 30 June 1942
HMAS Shropshire 73 20 April 1943 10 November 1949
HMAS Riawe 772 26 December 1942 12 December 1945
HMAS AE1 80 28 February 1914 14 September 1914
HMAS Larrakia (I) 81 8 December 1941 16 February 1944
HMAS AE2 81 28 February 1914 30 April 1915
HMAS Warreen (Stella) 821/Y263 22 October 1942 31 March 1966
HMAS Kuru 83 8 December 1941 22 October 1943
HMAS Sprightly A203 23 February 1944 31 March 1958
HMAS Kangaroo A291 27 September 1940 15 December 1955
HMAS Karangi A304 23 December 1941 31 May 1957
HMAS Kimbla A314 26 March 1956 15 February 1985
HMAS Koala A315 7 February 1940 18 April 1957
HMAS Kookaburra A331 28 February 1939 3 December 1958
HMAS Moresby (II) AGS73 6 March 1964 13 November 1997
HMAS Abraham Crijnssen AJ 26 May 1937 5 May 1943
HMAS Allenwood AL 29 July 1941 31 October 1944
HMAS Westralia (II) AO195 9 October 1989 16 September 2006
HMAS Air Hope ASR908 13 February 1945 20 July 1946
HMAS Air Faith ASR909, Y258 8 February 1945 29 August 1946
HMAS Air Speed ASR910 28 February 1945
HMAS Air Spray ASR911, Y259 02-102 13 February 1945 16 September 1946
HMAS Air Foam ASR912 20 September 1944 June 1944
HMAS Air Guide ASR913, Y260 20 October 1944 9 August 1946
HMAS Air Sense ASR914 1 March 1945 21 October 1946
HMAS Air Bird ASR915 28 March 1945 30 September 1946
HMAS Air Trail ASR916 8 February 1945

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