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The plaque commemorates the Fairmile Ships of the Royal Australian Navy and all who served in them during World War Two. 

A Fairmile school was established at HMAS Rushcutter on 1 June 1942. The first Australian Fairmile, ML 813, entered service at the end of that year. Originally designed in the UK for coastal anti-submarine and convoy duties, the RAN Fairmiles performed these and a variety of other functions. Their tasks included convoy escort, servicing and supporting advancing troops, landing and recovering commandos and coastwatchers, rescuing civilians from enemy occupied territories, and invasion escort.


Address:Garden Island Naval Base, Garden Island, 2011
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.85914
Long: 151.230575
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2009
Front Inscription

1939 - 1945
Fairmile Ships Of The Royal Australian Navy

In honour of all who served in Fairmiles, 
Harbour Defence Motor Launches, and other 
small vessels during the Second World War in 
Australian waters and the SoUth-West Pacific Area

ML813 was the first of 35 Fairmiles built in Australia.
These ships were known by their Numbers, not Names. 
Dedicated by Fairmile Association


Source: MA
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