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HMAS Armidale (II) Patrol Boat Model 80cm

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HMAS Armidale II, the first of fourteen Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB), emerged as a symbol of Australia’s maritime prowess. These larger, more capable ACPBs inherited the legacy of their predecessors, the Attack and Fremantle Class Patrol boats. They distinguished themselves with exceptional seakeeping qualities, enhanced range and endurance, and a state-of-the-art surveillance system. For over two decades, they have played a pivotal role in border protection and maritime security operations, not just within Australia’s territorial waters but also across the vast expanse of the South-West Pacific.

We have designed this model to capture the real heart of the HMAS Armidale II with high attention to detail. The model was built based on the imagery, plans, and stories that make this vessel unique to ensure that our recreation feels as close to the real thing. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or a collector of naval memorabilia, the HMAS Armidale II model captures the essence of this maritime icon.

Key Features of the HMAS Armidale II model

  • Hand-crafted take on the newly HMAS Armidale Class Patrol Boat.
  • Designed from the ground up, build to hand-crafted precision using drawings.
  • Model from wooden planks which are made and shaped by hand for precision.
  • Comes with on-frame construction and painted to match the real colours and tones.
  • Fully ready for display; comes with a ship display name and a history sheet.
  • Size specifications: 80cm x 14cm x 32cm, scale 1:72.

History of the HMAS Armidale II

HMAS Armidale was the lead ship of the 14 Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB) serving in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The Armidale class vessels have continued the legacy of service established by the RAN’s former Attack and Fremantle Class Patrol boats. HMAS Armidale II was constructed by Austal Ships at Henderson, Western Australia, with a length of 56.8 meters (186 ft), a beam of 9.7 meters (32 ft), a draught of 2.7 meters (8 ft 10 in), and a standard displacement of 270 tons. She was commissioned into the RAN at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin on June 24, 2005.

Armidale’s primary role was the execution of constabulary and surveillance operations in Australia’s northern waters. Initially assigned to Operation Cranberry in 2005, the Australian Defence Force’s operation to coordinate intelligence and provide surveillance information to civil authorities, she also provided effective service in support of Operation Relex II, protecting Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests.

Throughout her commission, HMAS Armidale conducted innumerable intercept, control, and transport operations involving both Foreign Fishing Vessels (FFVs) and Suspected Irregular Entry Vessels (SIEVs). On several occasions, members of Armidale’s ship’s company risked their own safety to rescue people at sea whose vessels had sunk or were in distress. A notable example occurred in April 2006 when the crew of Armidale rescued a group of Australian and US citizens stranded by bad weather on the remote Tongan island of Kao.

She was decommissioned on March 30, 2023, after more than 17 years of proud service to the nation.



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