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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. Following the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force: the Commonwealth Naval Forces. Originally intended for local defence, the navy was granted the title of 'Royal Australian Navy' in 1911, and became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.

Britain's Royal Navy continued to support the RAN and provide additional blue-water defence capability in the Pacific up to the early years of World War II. Then, rapid wartime expansion saw the acquisition of large surface vessels and the building of many smaller warships. In the decade following the war, the RAN acquired a small number of aircraft carriers, the most recent of these now a museum ship with its successor under construction.

Today, the RAN consists of 81 commissioned vessels and over 58,000 personnel. The navy is one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the Pacific region, with a significant presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions. The current Chief of Navy is Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

Force Structure[edit]

Statistics[edit]

  • Active Personnel: 58,000
  • Reserve Personnel: 38,000
  • Number of Bases: 7 (Cairns, Carpentaria, Coonawarra, Kuttabul, Platypus, Stirling, Waterhen)
  • Number of Installations: 8 (Albatross, Cerberus, Creswell, Harmon, Mindari Moreton, Penguin, Watson)
  • Active Warships: 72
  • Naval Fixed Wing Aircraft: 184
  • Naval Helicopters: 120
  • Commander of the Royal Australian Navy: Admiral Ray Griggs
  • Commander of the Fleet Air Arm:

Ships of the Royal Australian Navy[edit]

  • Australia-class Aircraft Carrier (2) - 2015
  • Jervis Bay-class Sealift Ship (1) - 1999
  • Bay-class Dock Landing Ship (1) - 2011
    • HMAS Choules (L100)
  • Canberra-class (Modified Juan Carlos I class) Amphibious Assault Ship (2) - 2014
    • HMAS Canberra (L01)
    • HMAS Adelaide (L02)
  • Strategic Sealift Vessel (1 planned) - 20XX
    • HMAS Unnamed (LXX) - planned for construction
  • New South Wales-class (Spruance class) Destroyer (4) - 2006
    • HMAS New South Wales (D41)
    • HMAS Victoria (D42)
    • HMAS Queensland (D43)
    • HMAS Tasmania (D44)
  • Hobart-class (Modified Álvaro de Bazán class class) Guided Missile Destroyer (4) - 2014
    • HMAS Hobart (D45)
    • HMAS Brisbane (D46)
    • HMAS Melbourne (D47)
    • HMAS Darwin (D48)
  • Anzac-class Frigate (7) - 1996
    • HMAS Arunta (FFH-151)
    • HMAS Warramunga (FFH-152)
    • HMAS Stuart (FFH-153)
    • HMAS Parramatta (FFH-154)
    • HMAS Ballerat (FFH-155)
    • HMAS Toowoomba (FFH-156)
    • HMAS Perth (FFH-157)
  • Sydney-class Frigate (4, 2 UC) - 2012
    • HMAS Sydney (FFH-158)
    • HMAS Anzac (FFH-159)
    • HMAS Torrens (FFH-160)
    • HMAS Broken Hill (FFH-161)
    • HMAS Mackay (FFH-162) - under construction
    • HMAS Rockhampton (FFH-163) - under construction
  • Newcastle-class Frigate (9 planned) - 2020
    • HMAS Newcastle (FFH-164) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Liverpool (FFH-165) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Cairns (FFH-166) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Gladstone (FFH-167) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Alice Springs (FFH-168) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Gold Coast (FFH-169) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Unnamed (FFH-170) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Unnamed (FFH-171) - planned for construction
    • HMAS Unnamed (FFH-172) - planned for construction
  • Collins-class (Heavily Modified Vastergotland class) Submarine (8) - 1996
    • HMAS Collins (SSG-73)
    • HMAS Farncomb (SSG-74)
    • HMAS Waller (SSG-75)
    • HMAS Dechaineux (SSG-76)
    • HMAS Sheean (SSG-77)
    • HMAS Rankin (SSG-78)
    • HMAS Sinclair (SSG-79)
    • HMAS Harrington (SSG-80)
  • Protector-class Fast Combat Support Ship (1) - 1980
  • Success-class (Durance class) Replenishment Oiler (3) - 1986
    • HMAS Success (OR-304)
    • HMAS Victory (OR-306)
    • HMAS Challenge (OR-307)
  • Paluma-class Survey Motor Launch (4) - 1989
    • HMAS Paluma (A-01)
    • HMAS Mermaid (A-02)
    • HMAS Shepparton (A-03)
    • HMAS Benalla (A-04)
  • Leeuwin-class Survey Vessel (2) - 2000
    • HMAS Leeuwin (A245)
    • HMAS Moreton (A246)
  • Sirius-class Fleet Tanker (1) - 2006
    • HMAS Sirius (O-266)
  • Sycamore-class Multirole Aviation Training Vessel (1) - 2017
    • HMAS Sycamore - on sea trials
  • Cantabria-class Replenishment Vessel (3 planned) - 2019
    • HMAS Unnamed - under construction
    • HMAS Unnamed - planned for construction
    • HMAS Unnamed - planned for construction
  • Rushcutter-class Minehunter (6) - 1986
    • HMAS Rushcutter (M-80)
    • HMAS Shoalwater (M-81)
    • HMAS Westernport (M-82)
    • HMAS Discovery (M-83)
    • HMAS Esperance (M-84)
    • HMAS Melville (M-85)
  • Huon-class Minehunter (6) - 1999
    • HMAS Huon (M-86)
    • HMAS Hawkesbury (M-87)
    • HMAS Norman (M-88)
    • HMAS Gascoyne (M-89)
    • HMAS Diamantine (M-90)
    • HMAS Yarra (M-91)
  • Armidale-class Patrol Boat (18) - 2004
    • HMAS Armidale (ACPB-83)
    • HMAS Larrakia (ACPB-84)
    • HMAS Bathurst (ACPB-85)
    • HMAS Albany (ACPB-86)
    • HMAS Pirie (ACPB-87)
    • HMAS Maitland (ACPB-88)
    • HMAS Ararat ACPB-89)
    • HMAS Broome (ACPB-90)
    • HMAS Bundaberg (ACPB-91)
    • HMAS Wollongong (ACPB-92)
    • HMAS Childers (ACPB-93)
    • HMAS Launceston (ACPB-94)
    • HMAS Maryborough (ACPB-95)
    • HMAS Glenelg (ACPB-96)
    • HMAS Tamworth (ACPB-97)
    • HMAS Bunbury (ACPB-98)
    • HMAS Lismore (ACPB-99)
    • HMAS Geraldton (ACPB-100)

List of Aircraft of the Royal Australian Navy[edit]

Fixed Wing Aircraft[edit]

  • McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18C/D Hornet x 48 (Multirole Fighter) to be replaced by the F-35C
  • Boeing IDS F/A-18E/F Super Hornet x 36 (Multirole Fighter)
  • Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II x 2 (Multirole Strike Fighter) - 78 more on order
  • Northrop Grumman A-6F Intruder x 32 (Strike Aircraft) - to replaced by the F-35C
  • Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 2000 x 12 (Carrier based AWACS Aircraft)
  • Boeing IDS EA-18G Growler x 12 (Electronic Warfare)
  • Lockheed S-3AU Viking x 24 (Carrier based Maritime Patrol Aircraft)
  • Northrop Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound x 6 (Carrier Offshore Delivery)
  • Lockheed P-8A Poseidon x 16 (Maritime Patrol Aircraft)
  • Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton x 10 (Maritime Surveillance UAV)

Helicopters[edit]

  • Boeing CH-47F Chinook x 18 (Heavy Lift Helicopter)
  • Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow x 30 (Attack Helicotper)
  • Bombardier CA-200M Sea Scorpion x 28 (Tiltrotor Gunship)
  • Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion x 24 (Heavy Lift Helicopter)
  • Sikorsky HH-60H Pave Hawk x 26 (SAR Helicopter)
  • Sikorky MH-60R Seahawk x 46 (Multirole Utility Helicopter)
  • NHIndustries MRH-90 x 30 (Utility Helicopter)
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