Australia has a significant coastline to defend, so the Navy operates from bases located right around the country. Depending on your job, you'll work at sea with periods spent ashore.
National coverage and capability
The locations of Navy bases provide broad coverage of Australia whilst satisfying specific strategic needs such as border protection. Each establishment provides a home port for Navy ships, and some host administrative offices, training facilities and/or helicopter squadrons too.
HMAS HarmanCanberra, ACT
Provides administrative support to Navy personnel located in the Canberra area, and is home to a communications function, the Defence Information Systems and Communications Establishment and a Naval Cadet unit.
Fleet Base EastPort Jackson, Sydney NSW
Home port for numerous Navy vessels, including Anzac and Adelaide Class Frigates, a landing ship, an offshore support vessel, and the new Canberra Class Amphibious Ships.
HMAS KuttabulPotts Point, Sydney NSW
Provides administrative, training and logistics support to Fleet Base East and personnel within the Sydney area.
HMAS WaterhenWaverton, Sydney NSW
The Navy's lead establishment for mine warfare, and home to Australia's Mine Countermeasures Force, Clearance Diving Team One and a fleet of Minehunter vessels.
HMAS AlbatrossNowra, NSW
The Navy's largest operational establishment and home of the Fleet Air Arm, supporting Seahawk and MRH-90 helicopter squadrons, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles and the ADF Helicopter Training School.
HMAS PenguinBalmoral, Sydney NSW
Home to the RAN Diving School, RAN Hydrographic School and the RAN Medical School, along with specialist units and medical facilities.
HMAS WatsonWatsons Bay, Sydney NSW
The Navy's premier maritime warfare training establishment for all ranks from Junior Sailors to Commanding Officers.
HMAS CreswellJervis Bay, Territory
Home of the Royal Australian Naval College and the school of sea survivability and ship safety.
HMAS CoonawarraDarwin, NT
A vitally important Navy port given its proximity to our northern neighbours, and home to a large fleet of patrol boats.
NHQ South AustraliaAdelaide, SA
Provides administrative support to Navy personnel working in South Australia and represents the Navy in the local community.
NHQ TasmaniaHobart, TAS
Provides administrative support to Navy personnel located in the Hobart area.
HMAS CerberusCrib Point, VIC
Located 70 km from Melbourne, the Navy's premier training establishment where around 6,000 personnel are trained annually. Schools here include Recruit School, School of Sea Survivability, Physical Training Instructor School, Defence Force School of Signals and the Engineering Faculty.
HMAS StirlingRockingham, WA
Located 38 km from Perth, provides administrative, training, communications and logistics support to the personnel and vessels based here. These vessels include Collins Class submarines, support vessels and ANZAC Class frigates.
HMAS CairnsPortsmith, Cairns QLD
Provides logistic and administrative support to numerous specialist units, and is home to patrol boats, Hydrographic Survey vessels and Motor Survey Launches as well as Laser Airborne Depth Sounder aircraft.
HMAS MoretonBrisbane, QLD
Provides coordination and administrative support for all Navy activity in Queensland south of Rockhampton; and is home to Navy Reserve musicians, a Dive Team and Navy cadets.