- Attack class patrol boat
The "Attack" class
patrol boats were small coastal defence vessels built for the Royal Australian Navyand operated between 1967 and 1985. Many were eventually donated to the defence forces of Pacific nations.
Twenty boats were ordered by the Department of Defence in 1965 at a cost of around $AU800,000 each from two
Queenslandshipyards, Evans Deakin in Brisbaneand Walkers in Maryborough.
The inclusion of the "Attack" class in the RAN fleet led to a second version of the
ship's badgedesign to be created, as it was not deemed appropriate for such small vessels to use the full-size badge.Vic Cassells (2000). "The Capital Ships", pg 195] The badge used by the patrol boats was scaled down from 755 mm by 620 mm to 440 mm by 365 mm, with no other alterations.Vic Cassells (2000). "The Capital Ships", pg 195]
The Attack class was replaced in RAN service by the larger and more capable
Fremantle class patrol boats. In 1975, "Aitape", "Ladava", " Lae", "Mandang", and "Samarai" were transferred to the Papua New Guinea defence force.Tom Frame, 2004, "No Pleasure Cruise", p 261] "Acute", "Archer", "Assail", "Attack", "Bandolier", "Barricade", and "Bombard" were transferred to the Indonesian Navybetween 1974 and 1985, where they are still in service.
Two Attack class boats represented the fictional HMAS "Ambush" in the first series of the
Australian Broadcasting CorporationTV series "Patrol Boat".
"Acute", "Archer", "Assail", "Attack", "Bandolier", "Barricade", and "Bombard" are currently in service with the
Indonesian Navy, under new names.
"Advance" is a (fully operational) museum ship at the
Australian National Maritime Museumin Sydney. "Aitape" was sunk as a dive wreckoff Port Moresbyin 1995. "Ardent" is preserved as a memorial in Darwin. "Bayonet" was scuttled in Bass Straitin 1999 and has been successfully dived. "Adroit" paid off on 28 March 1992and was sunk as a target by A-4 Skyhawkaircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Forcewest of Rottnest Islandon 8 August 1994.
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