HMAS
Avalon

Type
Motor Launch
Pennant
717
Commissioned
23 September 1942
Decommissioned
30 June 1942
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 36 feet
Beam 10 feet 4 inches
Draught 4 feet 6 inches
Performance
Speed 9 knots
Armament
Guns 1 x .303 inch Vickers machine gun
Other Armament 4 x 25lb 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 Avalon was a 36 foot Motor Launch that served as a Naval Auxiliary Patrol vessel. The boat was purchased by the Australian Government on 13 September 1943, before being commissioned into the RAN on 23 September 1942, under the command of Naval Auxiliary Patrol Skipper James H Utting. The boat was decommissioned on 30 June 1945 and later sold.

HMAS Avalon first appeared in the January 1944 edition of the Navy List: https://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Navy_List-January-1944.pdf
HMAS Avalon first appeared in the January 1944 edition of the Navy List: https://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Navy_List-January-...
Reports of Proceedings submitted by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Avalon can be found at: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1420713. (AWM collection)
Reports of Proceedings submitted by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Avalon can be found at: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1420713. (AWM collection)