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Navy Cairns

Last modified: 22 Aug 2015, submitted by: Joker

Country: Australia    Region: QLD

Locale: Cairns

Latitude: 15° 56' 4" S     Longitude: 15° 46' 36" E

Area use / Military Branches: Naval base


HMAS Cairns, one of the Australian Navy seaports.
Recently upgraded and homebase for Pacific Class Patrol Boats, other vessels and various supporting units and also hosting army units.

- Base Command Element
- Fleet Logistic Support Element - Cairns
- Fleet Suppt Unit - Cairns
- Laser Airborne Depth Sounding Flight
- Defence Comms Station - Cairns
- Patrol Boat Systems Program Office
- Amphibious and Afloat Support Systems Program Office
- Hydrographic Systems Program Office
- Sea Training Group (Minor War Vessels

- 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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