australia Cairns Naval Base

Portsmith, Cairns, Queensland
australia





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6.1335YBCS Cairns, Queensland
39.0250 Beck Collection, Mareeba, Queensland
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277.2157YBTL Townsville, Queensland



1971 to present

16 56 8.4 secs S - 145 46 45 secs E


Originally opened in Jan 1971 at what is now the northern end of the current base, HMAS Cairns was commissioned on 1 Feb 1974 as a Patrol Boat base with Hydrographic Survey facilities. Expansion to the south, on the site of a WWII repair yard began in 1979 and completed with a re-commissioning in May 1982. Extensive work took place between 2008 and 2009 as part of a modernisation programme.

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2000-may-27 Royal Australian NavyLeeuwin classA246 HMAS Melville


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