HMAS Cairns

  • Before the official navy base in Cairns.

    Before the official navy base in Cairns.
    The (RAN) Royal Australian Navy, had been using Cairns as a regular stop since before World War II, and during the war, Cairns was the principal port-of-call for many ships before heading to Pacific destinations.
  • HMAS Cairns was officialy a navy base.

    HMAS Cairns was officialy a navy base.
    HMAS Cairns was officialy a navy base, when a new patrol boat facility opened up on Grafton St, Cairns on the 29th of January, 1971.
  • What HMAS Cairns was named after.

    What HMAS Cairns was named after.
    HMAS Cairns was named after an Australian WW2 Bathurst class corvette of the same name which began it's sea service in 1942, serving in the Indian Ocean, Eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, and in Australian waters.
  • What HMAS Cairns was built for.

    What HMAS Cairns was built for.
    Starting with only one officer and 15 sailors, the facility was to provide general repair and mantenance facilities for the newly formed 2nd Australian Patrol Boat Squadrom.
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    HMAS Cairns

    HMAS Cairns wasn't officialy a navy base until 1971 when a new patrol boat facility opened up on Grafton St on 29th January, 1971.
  • The Grafton st establishment was commissioned.

    The Grafton st establishment was commissioned.
    The Grafton st establishment was commissioned and named HMAS Cairns under the command of CDMR J.M Yates on the 1st of February 1974.
  • HMAS Cairns went under reconstruction after WW2.

    HMAS Cairns now sits on the site of a former navy ship repair facility originally built by navy at the outbreak of WW2. Re-costruction of the new facility began in 1979, and the base was relocated and formally Re-Commioned at Draper st on the 28 May 1982 under the command of CMDR A.H Brecht RAN, along with an expanded complement of 13 Officers and 100 sailors.The base was expanded untill a major redovelopment was undertaken in 2008-2009.
  • HMAS Cairns finished construction and was Re-Commissioned in 1982.

    The base was relocated and formally Re-Commissioned at Draper st on the 28 May 1982 under the command of CMDR A.H Brecht RAN, along with an expanded complement of 13 Officers and 100 sailors.The base was expanded untill a major redovelopment was undertaken in 2008-2009.
  • HMAS Cairns was expanded

    HMAS Cairns was expanded
    HMAS Cairns was expanded in 2008-2009 which transformed it into the modern navy base which stands today.
  • HMAS Cairns responsibilities.

    HMAS Cairns responsibilities.
    Cairns is currently responsible for all Australian naval activity from Rockhampton to Thursday Island. HMAS Cairns is the home base for Ardent Division of the Australian Patrol Boat Group, which consists of four of the navy's fourteen Armidale class patrol boats. The base also berths the RAN's entire hydrographic fleet, consisting of two Leeuwin class survey vessels and four Paluma class survey motor launches,
    plus four of the six Balikpapan class landing craft.
  • HMAS Cairns cadet unit, Training Ship Endeavour.

    HMAS Cairns cadet unit, Training Ship Endeavour.
    The Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) is a voluntary youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy.
    HMAS Cairns Has a cadet unit named Training Ship Endeavour.There are 91 Training Ships (units) across Australia, with a total membership of over 400 staff and 2,200 cadets.