HMAS Kanimbla (FRS-1940+)


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When fighting in the Pacific with long distances between supply depots made Fleet Replenishment ships a must. Australis had had either their own supply depots or access to other supply depots to keep their ships at sea and supplied. The Japanese advances were so swift that all of the Australis protectorates with their bases disappeared and the US and UK alternates disappeared as well. Darwin and its surrounding harbours, airfields and army bases became of great importance as the forward base for Australis-US fight back from the south.

Anything the Australis Navy would need would have to be carried with the fleet so speedier units were produced to do just that. With large carrying capacity and some with major repair facilities the ships of the Australis Fleet Replenishment Unit made life bearable for those ships at the front. Some were used as depot ships and carried spares for its particular specialty, submarine, destroyer, etc.


Displacement 11,800 tons std
Length 487 ft
Breadth 74 ft
Draught 22 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 18,000shp
Speed 20 knots
Range 8000 miles at 10 knots
Armour nil
Armament 8 x 4" (4x2)

14 x 20mm (14x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes nil
Complement 280
Notes HMAS Kanimbla 1940

HMAS Ekatahuna 1941

HMAS Packsaddle 1941

HMAS Queenscliff 1941

HMAS Picton 1941

HMAS Norseman 1941

HMAS Hopetoun 1942

HMAS Carterton 1942

HMAS Karumbah 1942

HMAS Kaikoura 1942

HMAS Melton 1942

HMAS Reefton 1942

HMAS Ohakune 1942

HMAS Haumoana 1942

HMAS Humpty Doo 1943

HMAS Donnybrook 1943

HMAS Avoca 1943

HMAS Wangaratta 1943

HMAS Wynyard 1943

HMAS Watinuna 1943

HMAS Walakarra 1943

HMAS Silkwood 1943

HMAS Sapphire 1944

HMAS Railton 1944


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