Naval Workboat Otter Celebrates 40 Years

Naval Workboat Otter, Navy’s longest serving workboat, recently marked its 40th birthday at HMAS Cairns. The original designer and port services crew were joined by Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns Commander Glenn Williams and Chaplain Bradley Galvin at the small boats pontoon for the celebrations. Resplendent in a fresh coat of paint with her call sign flying proudly, Otter was saluted…

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HMA Ships Paluma and Mermaid Decommissioned in Cairns

The Navy’s oldest vessels, HMA Ships Paluma and Mermaid, were fareweled from service during a ceremony at HMAS Cairns at the weekend. For more than 30 years, the survey motor launches collected hydrographic data necessary for creating products used by military, commercial and private vessels to safely navigate the waters around Australia. In addition to their critically important survey function,…

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Contract Announced for NCIS-8A HMAS Cairns Building and Maritime Works

May 4, 2021 – The Morrison Government will invest in new and upgraded facilities at HMAS Cairns – a significant boost to the North Queensland economy. This $155 million investment will support the new Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, part of the Government’s unprecedented investment in the defense of our nation. Defence has engaged Watpac Construction Pty Ltd as its…

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