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Last modified: 29 Jun 2020, submitted by: Joker

Country: Australia    Region: QLD

Locale: Cairns

Latitude: 16° 56' 8" S     Longitude: 145° 46' 40" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


Navy HMAS Cairns (Portsmith) 1656'8"S 14546'40"E
HMAS Cairns is responsible for providing maintenance, logistic and admin support for Cairns based units.
Base Command Element
Fleet Logistics Support Element - Cairns
Fleet Support Unit - North East
Fleet Information Communications Technology Support - Cairns
Patrol Boat Systems Program Office
Hydrographic Systems Program Office
Australian Hydrographic Meteorological Group
Port Services Organisation
Joint Health Unit North Queensland
Navy Indigenous Development Program
Sea Training Group (Defence Cooperation Program)

HMAS Cairns also provides refit and training support for neighbouring Pacific Island nations (Pacific Class Patrol Boats).

- 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regt (51 FNQR) A light infantry battalion of the Australian Army with many aboriginal personnel. Unit serving as a Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU), carrying out recon and surveillance tasks as primary role. Every operator in the unit is cross-trained in a variety of "low-visibility" skills such as weapons, survival, sniping, medic, small boat handling, driving, tracking, air ops etc.51 FNQR is made up of full-time and part-time members with battalion HQ and a surveillance coy in Cairns.
Surveillance companies are dispersed throughout Far North Queensland at Weipa, Thursday Island and Mount Isa.
51 FNQR came under 2nd Div command as of 2014.


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