ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
IN AND AROUND AUSTRALIA DURING WW2
DURING WW2

 

Central War Room

 

War Cabinet Room

 

Victoria Barracks in Melbourne became the Headquarters for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) since its formation in 1911.

Australia was divided into a number of naval zones which more or less ignored each other. The zones were:-

Cin C East Indies to the West of West Australia
NOIC Fremantle
NOIC Port Melbourne 
NOIC Hobart
NOIC Sydney 
NOIC Brisbane
NOIC Townsville
NOIC Darwin
NOIC New Guinea

Where NOIC stands for Naval Officer in Charge.

 

Special Intelligence Bureau

 

Directorate of Naval Communications

 

Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS)

 

Navy League

 

Women's Emergency Signalling Corps
1st members of the WRANS came from the WESC

 

SHORE ESTABLISHMENTS

I'd welcome any information or photos regarding
any of these little known RAN Shore Establishments

Allied Naval Forces, South-West Pacific Area Belconnen Naval Wireless Station (Transmitter) Bonshaw Naval Wireless Station
Boom Defence Darwin Boom Defence Brisbane - RAN Station 8
(near Lytton or Pinkenba?)
(Worked in association
with RAN 9)
Boom Defence Depot Pinkenba, Brisbane
Boom Defence Sydney Colmslie Fairmile Base, Colmslie, Brisbane HMAS Assault, Port Stephens
HMAS Cerberus, Flinders HMAS Huon, Hobart HMAS Harman, Canberra
HMAS Kuttabul, Garden Island, Sydney HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle HMAS Lonsdale, Melbourne
HMAS Magnetic
Townsville, QLD
HMAS Maitland
Naval Depot, Newcastle
HMAS Melville, Darwin
previously HMAS Penguin IV
HMAS Moreton, Naval Depot, Brisbane
(originally named Brisbane)
HMAS Penguin IV Darwin
Renamed HMAS Melville
 HMAS Penguin, Balmoral, Sydney
HMAS Torrens - Naval Depot and Headquarters at Port Adelaide, SA HMAS Rushcutter Naval Depot, Edgecliff, Rushcutter's Bay, NSW HMAS Watson
South Head, Sydney, NSW
HMAS Coonawarra, W/T and D/F Station
(Darwin)
Intercept Station - HMAS Harman (Canberra)
Harman Naval Wireless Station (Receiving) Built 1938-39
Intercept Station - HMAS Ringwood (Melbourne?)
Molonglo Naval Wireless Station Port War Signal Station, Nelson Head, Port Stephens? RAN Naval Stores Depots
Ward Motors Premises, Wickham Street, Valley
RAN Station 1
Port War Signal Station, Caloundra, QLD
RAN Station 2
Controlled Mining Station Bribie Island, QLD
RAN Station 3
Controlled Mining Station, Cowan, QLD
RAN Station 4
Indicator Loop & Harbour Defence Asdic Station, Bribie Island, QLD
RAN Station 5
Combined Training Centre (Naval Wing), Toorbul, QLD
RAN Station 6
Fairmile Advanced Operating Base, Bribie Island, QLD
RAN Station 7
Comboyuro Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island, QLD
RAN Station 8
Boom Defence Facility near Lytton, Brisbane, QLD
RAN Station 9
Indicator Loop Station Pinkenba (at Myrtletown), Brisbane, QLD
RAN Station 10 Controlled Mining Base near Pinkenba, QLD RAN Station 21
Port War Signal Station, Magnetic Island, QLD
RAN Station 22
Port War Signal Station Townsville, QLD
RAN Station 24
Harbour Signal Station, Townsville, QLD
RAN Station 42
War Signal Station, Fitzroy Island, QLD
RAN Station 44 Controlled Mining Station Cairns, QLD
RAN Station 45
Boom Defence Depot Cairns, QLD
RAN Station 47
NAP Base Cairns, QLD
RAN Station 50
Port War Signal Station Cairns, QLD
RAN Station 101
Port War Signal Station Port Darwin, NT
RAN Station 102
Extended Defence Officer, Port Darwin, NT
RAN Station 141
Port War Signal Station Rottnest Island, WA
RAN Station 142 Indicator Loop Control Station, Swanbourne, WA RAN Station 143
Port Radar Base, Fremantle, WA
RAN Station 144
D/F Station, Jandakot, WA
RAN Station 145
initially Mine Depot, then RAN Armament Depot, Byford, WA
RAN Station 161
Boom Defence Section, Albany, WA
RAN Station 181
Port War Signal Station, Outer Harbour, Adelaide, SA
RAN Station 182
War Signal Station, Neptune Island, SA
RAN Station 221
Port War Signal Station, South Arm, Hobart, TAS
RAN Station 222
Tasmanian Coast Watching Organisation
RAN Station 223
Coast Watching Organisation, Bruny Island, Tas
RAN Station 241
Extended Defence Officer, Queenscliff, VIC
RAN Station 242
Port War Signal Station, Point Lonsdale, VIC
RAN Station 243
Examination Service Organisation, Queenscliff, VIC
RAN Station 244
Harbour Patrol Boat Base, Queenscliff, VIC
RAN Station 245
Indicator Loop Control Hut, Port Franklin, VIC
RAN Station 261
NOIC Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 262
Examination Service Organisation, Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 263
Boom Defence Organisation, Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 264
NAP Organisation, Port Kembla, NSW
RAN Station 281
Port War Signal Station & RDF School, South Head, Sydney, NSW
RAN Station 282
Controlled Mining Section, Botany Bay, NSW
RAN Station 283
Controlled Minefield & Indicator Loop Facility, Juno Head, Hawkesbury River, NSW
RAN Station 284
RDF School, South Head, Sydney, NSW
RAN Station 285
Indicator Loop & Controlled Mining Station, Hungry Beach, Hawkesbury River, NSW
RAN Station 301
Port War Signal Station,
Newcastle, NSW
RAN Station 302
Indicator Loop & Controlled Mining Station, Newcastle, NSW
RAN Station 307
Naval Recognition Personnel and Tubes Crew, Fort Tomaree, Nelson Bay, NSW
RAN Wireless Station
Stanton Hill, Townsville, QLD
Royal Edward Victualling Yard Store, Pyrmont, Sydney  

 

SHIPS THAT SERVED IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS

HMAS Adelaide
I47/D47 Light Cruiser
HMAS Adele
KY89 Examination Vessel
HMAS Alatna
Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD) Vessel
HMAS Anaconda
SRD Vessel
HMAS Ararat
K34 Corvette
HMAS Armidale
J240 Corvette
HMAS Arunta
I30/D5 Destroyer
HMAS Atreus
Mine Layer
HMAS Australia
D84 Heavy Cruiser
HMAS Ballarat
J184 Corvette
HMAS Bangalow
FY23 Cable Repair Ship/Survey Vessel
HMAS Baralba
Stores Ship
HMAS Benalla
J323 Corvette
HMAS Bendigo
J187 Corvette
HMAS Bermagui
FY81 Mine Sweeper
HMAS Bingera
FY88 Anti Sub Vessel Training Vessel
HMAS Birchgrove Park
FY15 Minesweeper
HMAS Black Snake
SRD Vessel
HMAS Bombo
FY12 Minesweeper
HMAS Bowen
J285 Corvette
HMAS Broome
J191 Corvette
HMAS Bunbury
J241 Corvette
HMAS Bundaberg
J231 Corvette
HMAS Bungaree
M29 Minelayer
HMAS Burdekin
K376 Frigate
HMAS Cairns
J183 Corvette
HMAS Canberra
D33 Heavy Cruiser
HMAS Cape Leeuwin
FY30 Survey Ship
HMAS Castlemaine
J244 Corvette
HMAS Cessnock
J175 Corvette
HMAS Colac
J242 Corvette
HMAS Coolebar
J25 / FY84 Minesweeper / Stores Ship
HMAS Cowra
J351 Corvette
HMAS Deloraine
J232 Corvette
HMAS Diamond Snake
SRD Vessel
HMAS Diamantina
HMAS Doomba
J01 Escort
HMAS Dubbo
J251 Corvette
HMAS Echuca
J252 Corvette
HMAS Ellan
FY57 Examination Vessel
HMAS Falie
FY02 Stores Ship
HMAS Falkefjell
Oiler
HMAS Forceful HMAS Fremantle
J246 Corvette
HMAS Geelong
HMAS Gerard
FY62 Stores Ship
HMAS Gladstone
J324 Corvette
HMAS Glenelg
J236 Corvette
HMAS Goolgwai
FY75 Minesweeper
HMAS Goulburn
J167 Corvette
HMAS Gunbar
FY98 Minesweeper

HMAS Gympie
J238 Corvette

HMAS Heros
W130 / FY87 Tug

HMAS Hobart
D63 Light Cruiser
HMAS Innisfail
FY21 Cable Repair Ship
HMAS Inverell
J232 Corvette
HMAS John Oxley
FY65 Examination Vessel
HMAS Junee
J362 Corvette
HMAS Kalgoorlie
J192 Corvette
HMAS Kangaroo
Z80 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Kanimbla
C78 Landing Ship Infantry
HMAS Kapunda
J218 Corvette
HMAS Karangi
Z216 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Kara Kara HMAS Katoomba
J204 Corvette
HMAS Kiama
J353 Corvette
HMAS Kianga
FY19 Minesweeper
HMAS Kinchela
206 / 296 Boom Defence Vessel
in Brisbane River
HMAS Koala
Z69 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Kookaburra
Z15 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Koompartoo
Z256 Boom Defence Vessel
HMAS Koopa
FY49 Depot Ship
HMAS Kurumba
X64 Fleet Oiler / Tanker
HMAS Kybra
FY90 Anti Sub Vessel
HMAS Latrobe
J234 Corvette
HMAS Launceston
J179 Corvette
HMAS Lithgow
J206 Corvette
HMAS Manoora
F48 / C77 Armed Merchant Cruiser / Landing Ship Infantry
HMAS Matafele
FY67 Stores Carrier
(Lost with all hands)
HMAS Matthew Flinders
FY66 Examination Vessel
HMAS Mavie
HMAS Merkur
Stores Ship
HMAS Mildura
J207 Corvette
HMAS Miro Two
Examination Vessel

HMAS Moresby
J54 Escort / Survey Vessel

HMAS Moreton
Examination Vessel
HMAS Nambucca
Mine Sweeper
HMAS Narani HMAS Nizam HMAS Orara 
HMAS Otter
Examination Vessel
HMAS Paluma HMAS Patricia Cam
Stores Ship
HMAS Ping Wo
FL150 Stores Ship
HMAS Pirie
J189 Corvette
HMAS Poyang
FY20 Stores Ship
HMAS Quiberon
G81 Destroyer
HMAS Quickmatch
G92 Destroyer
HMAS Rockhampton
FY95 Minesweeper
HMAS Sea Witch
Examination Vessel
HMAS Shepparton
J248 Corvette
HMAS Shropshire
73 Cruiser
HMAS Sprightly
W103 Tug
HMAS St. Giles
Fy86 Tug
HMAS Stawell
J348 Corvette
HMAS Strahan
J363 Corvette
HMAS Stuart
I00 Destroyer
HMAS Swan
U74 Sloop
HMAS Sydney HMAS Tambar
Z83 / J141 Minesweeper
HMAS Terka
FY99 Minesweeper
HMAS Tolga
FY00 Minesweeper
HMAS Tooronga
Tug
HMAS Toowoomba
J157 Corvette
HMAS Townsville
J205 Corvette

HMAS Uralba
FY33 Mine Field Tender

HMAS Vendetta
I69 Destroyer
HMAS Victoria
Examination Vessel
HMAS Vigilant
Q80 Patrol Vessel
HMAS Wagga
J315 Corvette
HMAS Waree
W128 Tug
HMAS Warrego
U73 Sloop
HMAS Warramunga
I44 / D10 Destroyer
HMAS Warrnambool
H202 Corvette
HMAS Wato
W127 Tug
HMAS Westralia
F95 / C61 Armed Merchant Cruiser / Landing Ship Infantry
HMAS Whyalla
J153 Corvette
HMAS Wilcannia
FY92 Anti Sub Vessel
HMAS Yandra
FY91 Anti Sub Vessel
HMAS Yunnan
FY151 / FL151 Stores Ship
   

 

Air-Sea Rescue Boats (63 Foot)

915 Air Bird 918 Air Chief (Y252) 922 Air Clan
924 Air Cloud 902 Air Faith (Y258) 912 Air Foam
913 Air Guide (Y260) 908 Air Hope 913 Air Host
919 Air Master 925 Air Mercy 917 Air Mist
Air Nymph (Y257) 921 Air Rest 926 Air Sailor
920 Air Save 914 Air Sense 910 Air Speed
911 Air Spray (Y259) 916 Air Trail 923 Air View
927 Air Watch 912 Air Wave  

 

Navy Oil Tanks
Edge Hill, Cairns

 

Naval Auxiliary Patrol

 

Coast Watch Organisation

 

Defence of Bathurst and Melville Island
35 Tiwi from Melville Island were armed and equipped
by the RAN  to defend the islands during WWII

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Bleakley, Jack, "The Eavesdroppers - The best kept secret of World War 2"

Gillett, Ross, "Australian & New Zealand Warships 1914 - 1945"

Straczek, J.H., "Royal Australian Navy, A - Z , Ships, Aircraft and Shore Establishments", Navy Public Affairs, Sydney, 1996

Charlton, Peter, "South Queensland WWII 1941 - 1945", Boolarong Publications, 1991

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Rex Turner and Greg Philpot for their assistance with this web page.

 

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