HMAS Stalwart (II)
S Class Destroyer Tender
Stalwart’s keel was laid at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, on 23 June 1964. The then Minister for the Navy, Mr Chaney, stated that the Escort Maintenance Ship would be of particular importance to the Royal Australian Navy because it would greatly increase the Navy’s self-sufficiency and its scope for ‘afloat support’.
It would enable warships to operate for long periods away from their home ports.
For this purpose Stalwart was fitted as a mobile base facility allowing vessels coming alongside to ‘shut down’ and have repairs carried out that would normally be provided by a shore base. Stalwart was able to supply such essential services as fresh water, steam, electricity and telephone communication.
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