HMAS Cairns is a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) base located adjacent to the Trinity Inlet on the shore of Trinity Bay in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Although used regularly as a port-of-call since before World War II, a permanent RAN presence was not established until 1971, when a maintenance and support base for patrol boats was set up. The base was formally commissioned in 1971 as a minor war vessel base. The current commander of the base is Commander David Hannah, RAN.
HMAS Cairns is responsible for all Australian naval activity off north-eastern Australia, and is the home base for one Armidale class patrol boat, two Cape class patrol boats and the ships of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Service.
|Cairns, Queensland in Australia|
Sentry gate at the entrance to HMAS Cairns
|Owner||Department of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Australian Navy|
|In use||1974 - present|
|Commander David Hannah, RAN|
The RAN had been using Cairns as a regular stop since before World War II, and during the war, Cairns was the principal port-of-call for many ships prior to heading to Pacific destinations. There was no official RAN presence in Cairns until 1971, when facilities for the maintenance of the RAN's patrol boats were established. In 1974, HMAS Cairns was commissioned as the parent establishment for patrol vessels and hydrographic ships based at Cairns.
In 2016 the Australian Government announced plans to significantly redevelop Cairns as northern Australia's key strategic naval base. The plans announced projected that the number of personnel would increase from 900 to 3,000 by 2020, via an A$120 million injection over ten years.
Cairns is currently responsible for all Australian naval activity from Rockhampton to Thursday Island and serves as a home base for one of the navy's thirteen Armidale class patrol boats and two Cape class patrol boats. The base also berths the RAN's entire hydrographic fleet, consisting of two Leeuwin class survey vessels and four Paluma class survey motor launches. Cairns also has operational responsibility for the LADS Flight based at Cairns Airport.
Cairns War Memorial is a heritage-listed memorial at The Esplanade, Cairns, Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1925. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.HMAS Cairns
One ship and one shore establishment of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have been named HMAS Cairns, for the city of Cairns, Queensland.
HMAS Cairns (J183), a Bathurst-class corvette launched in 1941 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1946
HMAS Cairns (naval base), the RAN's minor war vessel base located in the city of the same name, which was opened in 1974 and is active as of 2016