Royal Australian Navy commissions Brisbane Navy base as HMAS Moreton

The Royal Australian Navy formally commissioned the Brisbane Navy Headquarters – South Queensland as HMAS Moreton during a ceremony held May 14.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, was joined by government officials to mark the significant occasion.

“The Navy last commissioned an establishment in 1978 and today’s transition of Navy Headquarters South Queensland to HMAS Moreton recognises the enduring relationship Navy has with Brisbane,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

“Navy will grow this establishment with new facilities and Moreton will continue to support Navy operations that have been undertaken in the area for over a century.”

Moreton provides administrative support for Navy members in the area, supporting Australian and foreign warship and military visits, promoting the service through community engagement, and maintaining facilities for Naval Reserve activities. The base was a key support hub for the recovery effort following the 2011 Brisbane floods.

The establishment has a small permanent Navy contingent and is home to a number of Reserve units including Dive Team 8 and the Queensland detachment of the Navy Band. The facilities also accommodate the Australian Navy Cadet Training Ship Gayundah.

The Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Tedman, DSM, OAM, RAN, said he looked forward to a new chapter in Navy’s presence in south Queensland.

“This is an exciting time as we embark on considerable upgrades to our base that will strengthen our ability to support all Navy members in the region and serve the wider Brisbane community,” Commander Tedman said.

“This is the third time the name Moreton has been bestowed on an establishment in the Brisbane area and as a local boy I’m proud to be part of that history.

The commissioning ceremony concluded with a fly past from a Bell 429 helicopter from 723 Squadron in Nowra.