HMAS
Amohine

Type
Auxiliary Schooner
Pennant
541
Builder
W.L Holmes & Co, Sydney NSW
Commissioned
8 July 1943
Decommissioned
1 November 1945
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 58 feet
Beam 15 feet 9 inches
Draught 10 feet 6 inches
Performance
Speed 9 knots
Armament
Guns 1 x 20mm Oerlikon, 1 x .303 inch Vickers machine gun.
Other Armament Depth charges

With much of the Royal Australian Navy fleet deployed to foreign waters in the early years of World War II, the defence of Australia’s coastlines became a primary concern for the Naval Board. The Naval Auxiliary Patrol (NAP) was a war-raised unit approved on 25 June 1941, charged with patrolling and safeguarding Australia's inner harbours, ports, rivers and estuaries against enemy sabotage or attack. The NAP fleet was comprised primarily of former pleasure craft, offered freely by their owners.

In May 1942, the NAP was transferred to the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) and was thereafter known as the RANVR NAP. By October 1942 the total strength of the NAP had increased to over 3000 mobilised and unmobilised reserves. This was to remain the case until early 1944 when it was considered that the danger of enemy attack was remote enough to reduce the strength of the NAP to a minimum.https://www.navy.gov.au/media-room/publications/naval-auxiliary-patrol.

HMAS Amohine was a 58 foot Auxiliary Schooner that served as a part time Naval Auxiliary Patrol, Air/Sea Rescue, and Radar Maintenance vessel. The boat was purchased by the Australian Government on 10 May 1942, before being commissioned into the RAN on 8 July 1943, under the command of Naval Auxiliary Patrol Skipper Chistopher J Gillard. The boat was decommissioned on 1 November 1945 and later sold.


HMAS Amohine firast appeared in the October 1943 Navy List: https://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Navy_List-October-1943.pdf
Reports of Proceedings submitted by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Amohine can be found at: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1420427. (AWM collection)
Reports of Proceedings submitted by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Amohine can be found at: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1420427. (AWM collection)