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HMAS Geelong (FCPB 215)

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Laid down  15 November 1982
Decommissioned  8 July 2006
Construction started  15 November 1982
Length  42 m
Builder  NQEA Australia
Commissioned  2 June 1984
Motto  "Strive to Succeed"
Launched  14 April 1984
Draft  1.75 m
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Namesake  City of Geelong, Victoria
Honours and awards  Two inherited battle honours

HMAS Geelong (FCPB 215), named for the city of Geelong, Victoria, was a Fremantle class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

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Design and construction

Starting in the late 1960s, planning began for a new class of patrol boat to replace the Attack class, with designs calling for improved seakeeping capability, and updated weapons and equipment. The Fremantles had a full load displacement of 220 tonnes (220 long tons; 240 short tons), were 137.6 feet (41.9 m) long overall, had a beam of 24.25 feet (7.39 m), and a maximum draught of 5.75 feet (1.75 m). Main propulsion machinery consisted of two MTU series 538 diesel engines, which supplied 3,200 shaft horsepower (2,400 kW) to the two propeller shafts. Exhaust was not expelled through a funnel, like most ships, but through vents below the waterline. The patrol boat could reach a maximum speed of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph), and had a maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph). The ship's company consisted of 22 personnel. Each patrol boat was armed with a single 40 mm Bofors gun as main armament, supplemented by two .50 cal Browning machineguns and an 81-mm mortar, although the mortar was removed from all ships sometime after 1988. The main weapon was originally to have been two 30-mm guns on a twin-mount, but the reconditioned Bofors were selected to keep costs down; provision was made to install an updated weapon later in the class' service life, but this did not eventuate.

Geelong was laid down by North Queensland Engineers and Agents at Cairns, Queensland on 15 November 1982, launched on 14 April 1984, and commissioned into the RAN on 2 June 1984.

Fate

Geelong was decommissioned at HMAS Coonawarra on 8 July 2006. The patrol boat was broken up for scrap in Darwin during 2006 and 2007, at a cost of $450,000 to the Australian government.

References

HMAS Geelong (FCPB 215) Wikipedia


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