US NAVY IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

Note:- USS Submarines are listed in a separate table below this table.

19th Battalion Seabees 55th Battalion Seabees 55th Battalion Seabees
60th Battalion Seabees 77th Battalion Seabees 84th Battalion Seabees
91st Battalion Seabees 104th Battalion Seabees AO-46 "Victoria"
Allied Naval Forces, South-West Pacific Area Field Torpedo Unit No. 28 FRUMEL - Fleet Radio Unit Melbourne
Fleet Radio Unit Detachment Adelaide River - Radio Station - Navy 179 Fleet Radio Unit Radio Station Townsville Fleet Radio Unit Radio Station Cooktown
Floating Docks Cairns Harbour
including ARD7
Headquarters Com.Ser.For., 7th Fleet, US Navy Mobile Explosives Investigation Unit No 1.
(Yeronga)
Naval Air Transport Squadron Thirteen, VR-13  Northgate US Navy Stores Depot, Brisbane
Toombul Rd., Northgate
Palm Island Naval Air Station, Palm Island near Townsville - Navy 420
 Service Force
Seventh Fleet
Seventh Amphibious Force, South-West Pacific Area
Seventh Fleet
Seventh Fleet
         - Service Force
- Aircraft
          - Task Force 72
 - Seventh
           Amphibious
  Force
Subchaser SC 648
7th Fleet US Navy
Subchaser SC 738
7th Fleet US Navy
Subchaser SC 740
Subchaser SC-751 Task Force 72
Seventh Fleet
US Navy Base Section Townsville
Navy 143 Townsville
US Naval Base Headquarters
Navy 134 Brisbane)
US Naval Base Hospital No. 10, Navy 135, Granville Park, Merrylands, Sydney, NSW US Naval Base, Navy 135 Sydney
US Naval Base, Navy 144 Cairns US Naval Base, Navy 137 Fremantle US Navy Escort Base One, Cairns
US Naval Receiving Barracks, Navy 135 Sydney US Navy Radio Station Canberra - Navy 18 US Navy PT Boat Engine Overhaul Base Cairns
US Navy Signal Station Newcastle - Navy 34 US Navy Port Stephens - Navy 82 US Navy Torpedo Unit Nowra - Navy 87
US Navy Melbourne - Navy 136 US Navy Toorbul - Navy 146 US Navy Mackay - Navy 242
US Navy Darwin - Navy 245 US Navy Naval Air Station Crawley
Navy 255
U.S. Navy Anti-Aircraft Training Center - Merchant Marine
(Wellington Point, near Brisbane)
US Naval Officer's Club, Oxlade Drive, New Farm US Navy Gunnery School
(
Wellington Point, near Brisbane)
US Navy Mobile Hospital No. 9 (MOB9), Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill, Brisbane
US Navy Quarters in Brisbane area US Navy - Brisbane Degaussing Station  

 

SHIPS

USS Abner Read
Destroyer
USS Acubens
Stores Ship
USS Alcona
Cargo Ship
USS Altamaha
Escort Carrier
USS Amycus
Repair Ship
USS Arequipa
Stores Ship
USS Bache
Destroyer
USS Bagley
Destroyer
USS Ballard
Sea Plan Tender
USS Barnes
Escort Carrier
USS Birmingham
Cruiser
USS Bootes
Stores Ship
USS Breese
Destroyer
USS Brooks
Transport
USS Bush
Destroyer
USS Calamares
Tanker
USS Carondelet
Tanker
USS Chanticleer
Submarine Rescue Ship
USS Chicago
Cruiser
USS Conyngham
Destroyer
USS Copahee
Escort Carrier
USS Coucal
Submarine Rescue Ship
USS Crosby
Transport
USS Crux
Stores Ship
USS Daly
Destroyer
USS Dent
Transport
USS Dobbin
Destroyer Tender
USS Drayton
Destroyer
USS Euryale
Submarine Tender
USS Fanshaw Bay
Escort Carrier
USS Farragut
Destroyer
USS Flusser
Destroyer
USS Fulton
Submarine Tender
USS Gamble
Minelayer
USS Ganymede
Cargo Ship
USS General Anderson
Transport
USS General Butler
Transport
USS Gilmer
Destroyer
USS Glendale
Frigate
USS Gold Star
Stores Ship
USS Grayson
Destroyer
USS Griffin
Submarine Tender
USS Half Moon
Seaplane Tender
USS Helm
Destroyer
USS Henley
Destroyer
USS Henry T. Allen
Transport
USS Heron
Seaplane Tender
USS Hilo
Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
USS Holland
Submarine Tender
USS Hopkins
Destroyer
USS Humphreys
Destroyer
USS Hutchins
Destroyer
USS Jarvis
Destroyer
USS Jenkins
Destroyer
USS John D. Edwards
Destroyer
USS John D. Ford
Destroyer
USS Kailua
IX71 Loop Repair Ship
USS Kenwood
Tanker
USS Kilty
Transport
USS Lamson
Destroyer
USS Long Beach
Frigate
USS Long Island
Escort Carrier
USS LST-22
USS LST-168 USS LST-181
Landing Ship Tank
USS LST-334
USS LST-453
Landing Ship Tank
USS LST-454 USS LST-458
USS LST-459
Landing Ship Tank
USS LST-469 USS Midway
Escort Carrier
USS Mizar
Stores Ship
USS Mugford
Destroyer
USS Mullaney
Destroyer
USS Murzim
Cargo Ship
USS Nassau
Escort Carrier
USS New Orleans
Cruiser
USS Nicholas
Destroyer
USS O'Bannon
Destroyer
USS Octans
Stores Ship
USS Orion
Submarine Tender
USS Otus
Submarine Tender
USS Oyster Bay
Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
USS Patterson
Destroyer
USS Pensacola
Cruiser
USS Perkins
Destroyer
USS Phoenix
Cruiser
USS Pollux
Stores Ship
USS Pontus
Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
USS Portland
Cruiser
USS President Jackson (AP-37) USS Pyro
Ammunition Carrier
USS Ralph Talbot
Destroyer
USS Rigel
Repair Ship
USS Rockhampton
Transport
USS Roe
Destroyer
USS Ronaki (IX-94) USS Salt Lake City
Cruiser
USS Sampson
Destroyer
USS San Pablo
Sea Plane Tender
USS Sands
Destroyer
USS Selfridge
Destroyer
USS Shikellamy
Tanker
USS Smith
Destroyer
USS Solace
Hospital Ship
USS Southard
Destroyer
USS Sperry
Submarine Tender
USS Sumner
Survey Ship
USS Susquehanna
Tanker
USS Tangier
Seaplane Tender
USS Trever
Destroyer
USS Triangulum
Cargo Ship
USS Trinity
Tanker
USS Tulsa
Gunboat
USS Walke
Destroyer
USS Warrington
Destroyer
USS West Point
Transport
USS Whipple
Destroyer
USS Zane
Transport Ship
YP-279 Patrol Vessel    

 

AVIATION

Aircraft
Seventh Fleet
Fleet Air Wings (FAW)
(previously known as Patrol Wings or PatWings)
Fleet Air Wing 17 (FAW-17)

Included Patrol Squadrons VP-101, VP-11(later VPB-11), VP-33, VP-34, VP-52, 

Half Moon (AVP 26)
Support Vessel for FAW-17
Marine Utility Squadron Two. "Detachment "A", Marine Aircraft Group Twenty One, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force Naval Task Force,
Southern Bomber
Command
(ex 88th Reconnaissance
Squadron, 7th Bomb Group)
Patrol Squadron VP-11,
later Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-11
(Initially assigned to FAW-17, then FAW-10)
Patrol Squadron 22 (VP-22) Patrol Squadron 101, Patrol Wing 10 (US Navy)
Patrol Squadron 101, Patrol Wing 11 (US Navy) San Pablo (AVP 30)
Support Vessel for FAW-17
Scouting Squadron Sixty-One VS-61, Fleet Air Wing Ten

 

SUBMARINE OPERATIONS

Fremantle Submarine Base, US Navy
Navy 137
 Torpedo Overhaul Shop
Light St., Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
US Submarine Base, Capricorn Wharf, Brisbane
US Submarine Base, Exmouth Gulf, WA
Navy 81
US Submarine Supply Depot
Windsor State School, Brisbane, QLD
USS Griffin
Submarine Tender

US NAVY SUBMARINES OPERATING 
OUT OF AUSTRALIAN BASES DURING WW2

USS S-31 (SS-136) *  USS S-37 (SS142) *  USS S-38 (SS-143) *
USS S-39 (SS-144) * USS S-40 (SS-145) * USS S-41 (SS-146) *
USS S-42 (SS-153) * USS S-43 (SS-154) * USS S-44 (SS-155) *
USS S-45 (SS-156) * USS S-46 (SS-157) * USS S-47 (SS-158) *
USS Albacore (SS-218) * USS Amberjack (SS-219) * USS Angler
USS Argonaut (SS-166) USS Aspro USS Barbel
USS Balao (SS-285) * USS Barbero USS Batfish
USS Bashaw (SS-241) * USS Baya USS Becuna
USS Bergall USS Bersugo USS Billfish
USS Blenny USS Blower USS Blueback
USS Blackfish (USS-221) * USS Bluefish (SS-222) USS Blue Gill (SS-242) *
USS Boarfish USS Bonefish (SS-223) USS Bowfin (SS-287)
USS Bowfish USS Bream (SS-243) USS Brill
USS Buena USS Bugara USS Bullhead
USS Bumper USS Cabrilla Caiman
USS Capelin (SS-289) USS Capitaine USS Carbonero
Cavalla USS Cavalla USS Cero (SS-225) *
USS Charr USS Chub USS Cisco
USS Cobia USS Cod (SS-224) USS Codfish
USS Crevalle (SS-291) USS Croaker USS Dace (SS-247) *
USS Darter (SS-227) * USS Drum (SS-228) * USS Finback
USS Flasher USS Flier USS Flounder (SS-251) *
USS Flying Fish (SS-229) * USS Gabilan (SS-252) * USS Gar (SS-206) *
USS Gato (USS-212) * USS Grampus (SS-207) * USS Grayback (SS-208) *
USS Grayling USS Greenling (SS-213) * USS Grenadier (SS-210)
USS Grouper (SS-214) * USS Growler (SS-215) * USS Guardfish (SS-217) *
USS Guavina (SS-362) * USS Gudgeon (SS-211) USS Guitarro
USS Gunnel USS Gurnard USS Haddo
USS Hake USS Hammerhead USS Harder
USS Hardhead USS Hawkbill USS Hoe
USS Icefish USS Jack USS Kingfish
USS Kraken USS Lagarto USS Lamprey
USS Lapon USS Lark USS Lizardfish
USS Loggerhead USS Mingo (SS-261) * USS Muskallunge
USS Narwhal (SS-167) USS Nautilus (SS-168) USS Paddle
USS Pampanito USS Pargo USS Perch II
USS Permit (SS-178) * USS Peto (SS-265) * USS Pickerel (SS-177)
USS Pike USS Pintado (SS-387) * USS Plunger (USS-179) *
USS Pollack (SS-180) * USS Pompon (SS-267) USS Porpoise
USS Puffer (SS-268) * USS Rasher USS Raton (SS-270)
USS Ray (SS-271) USS Redfin USS Robalo
USS Rock USS Sailfish (SS-192) ex Squalus * USS Salmon
USS Sandlance USS Sargo (SS-188) USS Saury (SS-189)
USS Scamp (SS-277) * USS Sculpin (SS-191) * USS Seadragon (SS-194)
USS Seahorse (SS-304) * USS Seal USS Sea Lion II
USS Sea Robin USS Searaven USS Seawolf (SS-197) *
USS Silversides (SS-236) * USS Skipjack USS Snapper (USS-185) *
USS Spearfish (SS-190) USS Stingray (SS-186) * USS Sturgeon (SS-187)
USS Swordfish (SS-193) USS Tambor USS Tarpon
USS Tautog USS Thresher (SS-200) USS Tinosa
USS Triton (SS-201) USS Trout (SS-202) USS Tuna (SS-203) *
USS Tunny (SS-282) * USS Wahoo (SS-238)  

NOTE:- The asterisk in the above table denotes submarines that
were docked at the South Brisbane Dry Dock during WW2

 

US Navy Code Words used during WWII

 

Base Facilities, U.S. Naval Activities,
Southwest Pacific Area

 

Subchaser SC 761, 3rd Fleet, rescues Australian
and New Zealand Coast Watchers1

 

Camp Seabee at Eagle Farm, Brisbane

 

US Naval Mine Depot at Camp Coot-tha
at J.C. Slaughter Falls, Brisbane

 

US Cemetery Townsville during WW2

 

Mactan
Army Hospital Ship

 


 

Mesothelioma Attorneys for Veterans
(another site on the internet)

 

Asbestos lawsuit help for Navy Veterans
Asbestos lawsuit help for Navy Veterans
(another site on the internet)

 

The Dangers of Asbestos in WW2 Ships
The risk of mesothelioma
(another site on the internet)

 

REFERENCES

Charlton, Peter, "South Queensland WWII 1941 - 1945", Boolarong Publications, 1991

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Greg Philpot for his assistance with this web page.

 

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