R.N. Repair Base

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Garden Island, Sydney, Australia.

Fleet Repair Base

Commanding Officers:
Commander J. D. Stevenson (act) (ret) 12 Feb 45
(In Command and O.I.C. Harbour Craft, Sydney)


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HMS WOOLLOOMOOLOO opened as an RN repair base for ships of the British Pacific Fleet at Garden Island Naval Base, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, in May 1945 and was initially named HMS GOLDEN HIND II. The base was commissioned as an independent command on July 1st 1945 taking the name of the dockyard as its ship name.

The Garden Island facility houses the Captain Cook Graving Dock, the largest graving dock in the Southern Hemisphere.

A tender for HMS WOOLLOOMOOLOO (an annex) was opened to house specialist ship repair ratings using Army huts at the Domain, an area of Sydney near to Woolloomooloo which was commissioned as HMS ALERT on September 1st 1945. The annex was closed and was paid off on March 5th 1946.


Post War

HMS WOOLLOOMOOLOO paid off April 1946.

Primary information sources
Thanks to Mr John Bow, Former Lieutenant RNVR and 1st Lieutenant HMS WOOLLOOMOOLOO


Last modified: 03 August 2016