BASE FACILITIES, US NAVAL ACTIVITIES
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA,
IN BRISBANE AND NEARBY AREAS, QUEENSLAND,
AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

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On 15 September 1944, Brisbane was a major U.S. Naval base. In a secret CinC, SWPA letter AG-461 dated 30 June 1944, it was reported that Brisbane provided an Operating Base for:-

It provided Logistic support as:-

On about 15 September 1944, the following U.S. Naval Personnel were assigned to Brisbane:-

U.S. Navy Officers Nurses Enlisted Men Total
Seventh Fleet Service Force 225 - 302 527
U.S. Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Detail 3 - 2 5
U.S. Naval Base 297 52 3,975 4,324
Task Force Seventy-Two 22 - 83 105
Submarine Repair Unit 31 - 1,015 1,046
U.S. Naval Seaplane Base 21 - 96 117
Seventh Amphibious Force, Progress Section 3 - 26 29
Total 602 52 5,499 6,153

 

On 6 January 1945, the following U.S. Naval Personnel were assigned to Brisbane:-

U.S. Navy Officers Nurses Enlisted Men Total
Seventh Fleet Service Force, Subord. Comd., Australia 16 - 61 77
U.S. Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Detail 2 - 8 10
U.S. Naval Base 276 - 4,017 4,293
Com. Task Group 71.9 22 - 83 105
Submarine Repair Unit 80 - 1,258 1,338
Seventh Amphibious Force, Progress Section 3 - 20 23
Naval Priorities Offices 3 - 7 10
War Bond Offices 1 - 15 16
Seaplane VR-13 13 - 38 51
Total 416 - 5,507 5,923

 

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US Navy Base Facilities in Brisbane Area
Shows location of facilities listed below

 

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US Navy Base Facilities in Wellington Point and
Gold Coast areas.
Shows location of facilities listed below

 

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US Navy Base Facilities in Redcliffe and Toowoomba
areas.
Shows location of facilities listed below

1. Mobile Explosives Investigation Unit No. 1 2. Regetta Hotel, Sylvan Road, Toowong 3. Naval Magazine and Mine Assembly Depot Mt. Coot-tha
4. Headquarters, Com. Seventh Fleet, AMP Building (Ships store, Ascot Chambers Bldg.) 5. Officer's Mess and Billeting, Grand Central Hotel and Canberra Hotel, and Motor Pool 6. Headquarters, Co. Seventh Phib. For.. and Public Works Office, Brisbane: New Zealand Chambers Building
8. Torpedo Overhaul Shop 9. Headquarters, ComSerFor., Seventh Fleet 10. Officers Mess and BOQ, Waterloo Hotel and annex
11. Three N.S.D. Warehouses (S1, S2 and S3) 12. Radio Material Office 13. Two N.S.D. Warehouses (N1 & N2)
14. N.S.D. Receiving Section (R1) 15. N.S.D. Main Office and EM Barrack RP10 and Reproduction Section, EM Clothing and Ships Store, and Medical Supply Depot, Perry Park 16. Submarine Supply Center
17. N.S.D. Warehouse (B1) 18. Two N.S.D. Warehouses (W1 & W2) 19. N.S.D. Toombul Warehouses
20. N.S.D. Warehouse, Hedley Park 21. Camp Seabee and ABCD 22. N.S.D. Warehouse (K2)
23. Impregnation Unit No. 2 24. A.D. Base and Camp 25. N.A.T.S. Seaplane Base and U.S. Naval Transmitting Station
26. N.S.D. Warehouse (K1) 27. Cold Storage, Hamilton Wharf 28. N.S.D. Warehouses
29. S.P.D.C. 30. Material Recovery Unit No. 6 31. Newstead Wharf - Shipping
32. Fleet Post Office and Public Works Shop 33. Submarine Repair Unit 34. Maintenance Office (Ships) Navy 134
35. Audio Visual Aids Training Library, Anti-submarine Warfare Training Unit, Night Lookout Training Center, Aircraft and Surface Craft Recognition School 36. Receiving Station, Officer's Mess and BOQ, Armed Guard Pool and Naval Dispensary 37. Officer's Club
38. Headquarters, Navy Base, Brisbane 39. Anti-aircraft Training Center, Wellington Pt. 40. Fleet Hospital No. 109
41. Shore Patrol 42. EM Rest Camp, Seabrae Hotel, Redcliffe 43. EM Rest Camp, Newton Park, Toowoomba
44. EM Rest Camp, Laural Bank Park, Toowoomba 45. EM Rest Camp, Kirra Beach, Coolangatta 46. EM Rest Camp, Coolangatta
47. EM Rest Camp, Greenmount, Coolangatta 48. Officer's Rest Area, Surfers Paradise  

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Base Facilities Report, U.S. Naval Activities, Southwest Pacific Area
Complied by Commander Seventh Fleet

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Russell Miller for his assistance with this home page.

 

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