RAN STATION 6
FAIRMILE ADVANCED OPERATING BASE
BRIBIE ISLAND, QLD

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The Royal Australian Navy established RAN Station 6, Fairmile Advanced Operating Base in the Toorbul Point/Bongaree area of Pumicestone Passage near Bribie Island in Queensland during World War2. It was also know as the Advanced Fairmile Base (AFMB).

"Fairmile" motor launches were small and very handy wooden-hulled vessels that were used by the Navy during World War 2. Thirty five of these little ships were mass produced in Australian ship yards using local materials or by using kits sent from Britain. They were used for the usual roles of harbour defence and local operational patrols. Towards the end of the war, these very effective motor launches were scattered around Australia and the rest of the South West Pacific area.

 

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