HMAS Cerberus (naval base)

HMAS Cerberus is a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) base that serves as the primary training establishment for RAN personnel.[2] The base is located adjacent to Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The base is also an official bounded locality of the Shire of Mornington Peninsula and is the only naval base to have a specific listing in the Australian census. As at the 2016 census, HMAS Cerberus had a population of 1,040.[1]

HMAS Cerberus
Crib Point, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria in Australia
HMAS Cerberus
Ship's badge of HMAS Cerberus
Coordinates38°22′01″S 145°11′13″E / 38.367°S 145.187°ECoordinates: 38°22′01″S 145°11′13″E / 38.367°S 145.187°E
TypeNaval base; Officer and Sailor Training
Area1,517 hectares (3,750 acres)
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defence
Operator Royal Australian Navy
Site history
In useFlinders Naval Depot (1911–1921)
HMAS Cerberus (1 April 1921–present)
Garrison information
Captain Tim Standen, CSC RAN
HMAS Cerberus
HMAS Cerberus is located in Victoria
HMAS Cerberus
HMAS Cerberus
Location in Victoria
Coordinates38°22′01″S 145°11′13″E / 38.367°S 145.187°E
Population1,040 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s)Hastings
Federal Division(s)Flinders


The site for the Cerberus naval base on Hanns Inlet, between Sandy Point and Stony Point on Western Port Bay was purchased in 1911. The 15 square kilometres (5.8 sq mi) base was opened in September 1920 and became known as Flinders Naval Depot in 1921. The Post Office opened on 2 December 1912 as Flinders Naval Base, was renamed Flinders Naval Depot in 1925 and HMAS Cerberus, Westernport in 1963.[3] Cerberus now occupies most of Stony Point to the north and all of Sandy Point in the south.

From 1930 until 1958, Cerberus was the home of the Royal Australian Naval College, until it was clear that the base was becoming overcrowded and the College was moved back to HMAS Creswell.[4] With the outbreak of World War II, many temporary buildings were erected to facilitate the training of wartime recruits. Many of these buildings were later demolished or replaced.

Facilities and operational units

The primary role of HMAS Cerberus has always been the training of RAN personnel. With the establishment of four tri-service schools over the last 13 years, this role has been extended to training Army and Air Force personnel. Specific courses offered include: the School of Survivability and Ship Safety which specialises in fire fighting, damage control and nuclear/biological/chemical defence; and seamanship and weapons training.

The base is also the home of the Recruit School – for all sailors their first contact with life in the RAN. HMAS Cerberus comprises numerous training and recreation facilities, two chapels and a small marina. Training is provided for about 6,000 personnel annually, averaging 800 trainees at any one time.

Training facilities

HMAS Cerberus currently host to the following naval training schools

  • RAN Recruit School
  • SSSS (School of Ship Safety and Survivability)

Boatswains Faculty

  • Defence Force School of Signals – Maritime Communications and Information Systems Wing
  • Engineering Faculty
  • Medical Training School
  • Supply School
  • Gunnery School
  • Small Arms Training School
  • WTSS Range
  • ADF School of Physical Fitness
  • ADF School of Catering

Crib Point Satellite Earth Station

HMAS Cerberus hosts the only dedicated weather-related Satellite Earth station in Australia, founded in 1991 and operated by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to service China's first Turn Around Ranging Station (C-TARS) and servicing geostationary meteorological satellites, servicing Japan's Himawari or GMS-4 and GMS-5.[5] In August [2016], the BoM installed through a contractor Av-Comm, the first Australian ground station for the Himawari 8 weather satellite service.[6]

Recruit School

HMAS Cerberus 4 inch Mk VII gun training WWII AWM 306137
Recruits train at HMS Cerberus during World War II

The RAN recruit school is where all full-time and reserve general entry sailors complete their training. The full-time recruit course is eleven weeks in duration, and gives sailors the skills and knowledge required to conduct basic duties in the RAN, and prepare them for their specialised roles. Recruits join the RAN in monthly intakes, and these recruits are placed into one of four divisions. The recruits stay with their division for the entire eleven-week course. Some of the training and education conducted in the recruit course are:

  • Teamwork exercises
  • Uniform wearing and maintenance
  • Drill and discipline
  • First aid
  • Survival at sea
  • Basic ship maintenance and corrosion control
  • Operation and proficiency on the service firearm, the F88 Austeyr
  • Ship and sea combat survivability
  • Physical training and fitness
  • Basic seamanship

Part of the course includes a two-and-a-half-day sea familiarisation course.

Engineering Faculty

RAN Colours GeorgeV-VI
Retired colours of George V and VI.

The engineering faculty is where Marine Technicians, Electronics Technicians, Marine Engineer Officers and Electronics Engineer Officers complete their employment training.


The base has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Southern Football League,[7] as well as a hockey club competing in the Hockey Victoria competition. Golfers play at the Cerberus (HMAS Cerberus) Golf Club on Stony Point Road.[8]

Memorials and colours

Numerous memorials are at the base with many including stained glass windows in the two chapels: Our Lady of the Sea (Catholic), and St Mark's (Anglican/interdenominational). St Mark's chapel also houses retired King's/Queen's colour flags of George V, George VI, and Elizabeth II.

See also


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "HMAS Cerberus (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "HMAS Cerberus". Royal Australian Navy. Australian Government.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  4. ^ "HMAS Creswell History". Royal Australian Navy. Australian Government.
  5. ^ "Crib Point Satellite Earth Station: celebrating 20 years of service - Social Media Blog - Bureau of Meteorology". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Himawari 8 Weather Satellite Project | Av-Comm". Av-Comm. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  7. ^ Full Point Footy. "Southern Football League". Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  8. ^ Golf Select. "Cerberus". Retrieved 11 May 2009.

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Crib Point, Victoria

Crib Point is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is part of the urban enclave on Western Port comprising Bittern, Crib Point, Hastings, Tyabb, and Somerville. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.

Crib Point is served by three railway stations: Morradoo, Crib Point and Stony Point, the latter of which is the terminus of the greater-metropolitan Stony Point line.

Crib Point Post Office opened on 18 July 1890.The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League.

It is situated near the HMAS Cerberus naval base.

It is opposite a park that has a long stretch of mangroves.

The Victorian Maritime Centre is situated at 220 The Esplanade, Crib Point [] The museum houses many artifacts of both the Royal Australian Navy and the Merchant Navy.

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HMAS Cerberus

HMAS Cerberus is the name given to a number of Royal Australian Navy ships and shore establishments, after the mythological Cerberus.

HMAS Cerberus (1868) was a breastwork monitor that was transferred from the Victorian Naval Forces to the Commonwealth Naval Forces in 1901, and the Royal Australian Navy in 1911. She was renamed HMAS Platypus II in 1921 and disposed of in 1924.

HMAS Cerberus (naval base) is the former Flinders Naval Depot which was renamed HMAS Cerberus in 1921 and is the Royal Australian Navy's primary training establishment, located at Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, Victoria.The Cerberus name was also given to a number of subsidiary depots and auxiliary vessels. These units were identified with Roman numerals.

HMAS Cerberus II was the gunboat HMAS Protector, renamed on 1 April 1921 as Cerberus II until reverting to Protector in 1924

HMAS Cerberus III, the Naval Reserve Depot at Port Melbourne, was commissioned as HMAS Lonsdale on 1 August 1940

HMAS Cerberus III was the tug Kooronga

HMAS Cerberus IV the Naval Reserve Depot at Port Adelaide, was commissioned as HMAS Torrens (naval base) on 1 August 1940

HMAS Cerberus IV was the tug TB 10

HMAS Cerberus V, the Naval Reserve Depot at Fremantle, was commissioned HMAS Leeuwin on 1 August 1940

HMAS Cerberus V was the tug TB 1536 Dooen transferred from the Australian Army in 1958

HMAS Cerberus VI was the naval depot in Hobart; later renamed HMAS Derwent, then HMAS Huon

HMAS Flinders

Two ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have been named HMAS Flinders, after Matthew Flinders.

HMAS Flinders (GS 312), a hydrographic survey ship in service from 1973 to 1998.

HMAS Flinders (FFG), a Hunter-class frigate that is expected to enter service in the late 2020's.

Hockey Victoria

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For museums in Melbourne, see List of museums in Melbourne.

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Stony Point railway line

The Stony Point line is a greater-metropolitan railway line in Melbourne, Australia. The line extends from the Frankston line and is part of the city's suburban passenger railway network, and the Myki integrated ticketing system (zone 2), but is not electrified like the rest of Melbourne's rail network. It has operated with a variety of rolling stock over, and was the last suburban service in Australia to be operated by a locomotive hauled train, after the discontinuation of locomotive services in Brisbane by Queensland Rail. The line is also used by freight trains serving the Long Island steel mill in Hastings.

Current bases
Former bases
Suburbs and rural townships of the Shire of Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Coastal townships and localities of Western Port, Victoria


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