HMAS Maitland (naval base)

HMAS Maitland is a former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) shore-based naval depot[1] located in the Hunter area, behind Horseshoe Beach and Nobby's Beach, in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

HMAS Maitland
formerly HMAS Penguin (III)
Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia
HMAS Maitland
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates32°55′24″S 151°48′04″E
TypeNaval base
Site information
Operator Royal Australian Navy
Site history
In use1 August 1940 (1940-08-01)  21 September 1946 (1946-09-21)


The depot was built alongside an army establishment known as Camp Shortland. HMAS Maitlandwas linked to HMAS Kuttabul, the main naval base in Sydney, and was originally known as HMAS Penguin (III). The base was renamed HMAS Maitland on 1 August 1940.[2] Maitland had three components:

The following ships were associated with Maitland:

Maitland was decommissioned on 21 September 1946.[2] During her operation, 56 officers and 300 sailors were trained at the facility.

See also


  1. Rice, Frank; Rice, Jacqueline (2006). Not Just a Stone Frigate!: HMAS Maitland, Newcastle, New South Wales, 1940–1946. Eleebana: F. & J. Rice. ISBN 9780980286700.
  2. Straczek, J.H. (1996). Royal Australian Navy: A-Z Ships, Aircraft and Shore Establishments. Sydney: Navy Public Affairs. ISBN 1876043784.
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