Royal Australian Navy Surface Units – Current and Retired

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Royal Australian Navy 19 ship classes documented with 27 vessel captures

Amphibious Assault Ships

Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock LOA 758′ TDISP 27,000 tons (2 active)

HMAS Canberra L02 (2014)


HMAS Canberra and USS America LHA-06, RIMPAC 2016US Navy 2749787 Australian Defence Force photo by LSIS Helen Frank

HMAS Canberra L02 Kuttabul 2018.jpgHMAS Adelaide L01 (2015) fitting outHMAS Adelaide Sydney 2015.jpg

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) Photo Exercise

HMAS Adelaide during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 US Navy 5571513 PO2 Anaid Banuelos Rodriguez


Hobart Class DDG LOA 483′ TDISP 7,000 tons (2, 1 building)


HMAS Hobart DDG-39, Pearl Harbor 2018 US Navy 4750129 PO2 Charles Oki

Hobart Class DDG Osborne

Perth Class DDG (modified USN Charles F. Adams Class) LOA 440′ TDISP 4,600 tons (3, all retired and sunk as dive wrecks)

HMAS Hobart D-39 (1965 – 2000) laid up at Port Adelaide, sunk as dive wreck 2002 Yankalilla Bay

HMAS Hobart II

HMAS Hobart ca. 1967 in the Gulf of Tonkin, during Vietnam service Australian War Memorial NAVY13892

perth class DDG Hobart Port Adelaide 2001perth class Kuttabul 2002

Daring Class LOA 389′ TDISP 3,500 tons (3 built for RAN, 8 for RN, all retired, 1 lost, 1 preserved)

HMS Daring Med 1953

HMS Daring on exercises in the Mediterranean in 1953 © IWM (A 32788)

HMAS Vampire D-11 (1959 – 1986), museum ship Sydney NSW Australia


HMAS Vampire D-11 ca. 1959 © Australian War Memorial 301609

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Anzac Class FFG LOA 387′ TDISP 3,600 tons (10 active)

HMAS Ballarat FFH-155 (2004)

USS Spruance (DDG) 111 during the anti-submarine warfare exercise SHAREM 195

HMAS Ballarat during ASW exercises in Arabian Sea Dec. 2018 US Navy 4987006 PO1 Ryan D. McLearnon

HMAS Stirling Anzac Class Frigate 2015

Adelaide Class FFG LOA 455′ TDISP 4,100 tons (same basic design as USN Oliver Hazard Perry Class) (6, in service 1980 – 2019, all now retired)

HMAS Darwin

Aerial bow view of the HMAS DARWIN (F-04) underway, 1984. This frigate was built for Australia by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-84-10555 Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp.

Adelaide Class FFG NSW HMAS Kuttabul 2016

River Class LOA 301′ TDISP 2,000 tons (151 built and service with many navies, about 12 served with the RAN)

HMAS Diamantina K-377 (1945 – 1980) preserved as Museum Ship Queensland Maritime Museum


HMAS Diamantina K-377 decommissioning in 1946 State Library of Victoria H91.250/144 Allan C. Green 1878-1954 photographer. [Public domain]

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Bathurst Class LOA 186′ TDISP 1,025 tons (60 built, 5 lost in action, 2 preserved) designed as minesweepers

HMAS Castlemaine J-244 (1942) decommissioned to training ship 1945, Museum ship 1973

HMAS Castlemaine AWM 4100113

HMAS Castlemaine J-244 returning from convoy escort work Sep. 1942 Port Moresby Australian War Memorial 026613

HMAS Castlemaine Williamstown VIC 2015.jpgHMAS Whyalla J-153 (1942) land monument at Whyalla, South Australia decommissioned 1946. Museum ship since 1984


Photo taken and supplied by Brian Voon Yee Yap en:User:Yewenyi [CC BY-SA 3.0 (

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Patrol Vessels

Armidale Class LOA 186′ TDISP 300 tons (14 built, 1 heavily damaged by fire and decommissioned)

U.S., Australian and New Zealand Navy 19-ship formation for Talisman Saber 2017

HMAS Bathurst during Talisman Sabre 2017 US Navy 3603535 PO3 Jonathan Clay

Armidale class patrol boats Cairns 2008Armidale class patrol boats Coonawarra 2009

Freemantle Class LOA 137′ TDISP 220 tons (15, 13 scrapped 2 preserved)

HMAS Towsnville FCPB-205 (1981 – 2007)


HMAS Townsville and USN frigate USS Robert E. Peary 1989 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-90-08224 JO1 Lee Bosco

HMAS Townsville Townsville AU 2016HMAS Townsville Townsville AU 2009HMAS Gladstone FCPB-215 (1884 – 2007)HMAS Gladstone AU 2016

Attack Class LOA 107′ TDISP 146 tons

HMAS Advance P-83 (1968 – 1988) museum ship at National Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney (20 built, some transferred to Indonesian Navy, rest retired)HMAS Advance Sydney 2018

Minesweepers / Minehunters

Huon Class LOA 172′ TDISP 732 tons 1994 – present (6, 4 active)Huon class mine Waterhen 2015Huon class mine Kuttabul 2018

Ton Class LOA 152′ TDISP 440 tons (119 built, very few still in existence, 6 served with RAN – 2 remain)

HMAS Curlew M-1121 (1962 – 1991) previously HMS Chediston (1953 – 1961)

HMAS Curlew AWM 4068772

A sailor from HMAS Derwent fires a line across to HMAS Curlew M-1121 ca. 1965 Australian War Memorial NAVY06862

HMAS Curlew TAS 2017HMAS Teal M-1152 (1962 – 1970) previously HMS Jackton (1955 – 1961) currently University of Kyrenia (Cyprus) training vessel, extensively rebuiltHMAS Teal Cyprus 2012

Landing Ships

HMAS Choules, L-100 Bay Class LOA 579′ TDISP 16,200 tons 2011-present. Previously Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Largs Bay (2006 – 2011)

USS Green Bay conducts Talisman Saber 17

HMAS Choules during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 [Detail of] US Navy 3592917 PO2 Sarah Myers

HMAS Choules L100 Kuttabul 2018

HMAS Tobruk L-50 modified Round-table class Landing Ship Heavy (1981 – 2015) LOA 417′ TDISP 5,700 tonsHMAS Tobruk Kuttabul 2014

Kanimbla class Landing Ship Dock modified USN Newport class LST LOA 522′ TDISP 8,500 tons (2 served in RAN)

HMAS Kanimbla L-51 and HMAS Manoora L-52 (1994 – 2011) previously USS Saginaw and USS Fairfax County (1971 – 1994)

Kanimbla class Kuttabul 2009

Note modifications include the removal of the prominent bow derrick and ramp.

Replenishment / Resupply

HMAS Sirius O-266 (2006 – present) LOA 648′ TDISP 46,750 tons full loadHMAS Sirius O-266 Kuttabul 2018

HMAS Success OR-304 (1986 – 2019) Durance Class fleet oiler LOA 516′ TDISP 18,200 tons full loadHMAS Success OR-304 Kuttabul 2018

Hydrographic Survey

Leeuwin class survey vessel LOA 234′ TDISP 2,170 tons (2 active)

MV-22B Osprey recovery efforts with HMAS Melville

HMAS Melville assists in recovery efforts on a lost USN MV-22 Osprey, Coral Sea Aug. 2017 US Navy 3661332 PO2 Diana Quinlan

HMAS Leeuwin A-245 (2000)HMAS Leeuwin survey Cairns 2015.jpg