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H.M.A. Motor Launches 430 and 827 : 25-October-2011
H.M.A. Motor Launches 430 and 827 : 25-October-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates His Majesty's Australian Motor Launches 430 and 827.

Fairmile motor launches were small, fast, highly manoeuvrable, lightly-armed ships designed in the United Kingdom. They were originally intended to be used for coastal anti-submarine and convoy protection duties but soon proved to be vessels capable of much broader operational tasking.

In April 1941 the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) recognised the need for a vessel which could be built locally and used in the littoral waters of Australia, New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and their surrounding islands. On 5 January 1942 the War Cabinet gave approval to construct Fairmiles in Australia; and between November 1942 and April 1944, thirty-five vessels were commissioned into RAN service.


Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

H.M.A. Motor Launches
430 And 827

Source: MA,SKP
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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