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Flagship for the 2017 Royal Hobart Regatta - H.M.A.S Choules

HMAS Sydney

HMAS Choules is a highly operational 16,000 tonne ship, 176 metres long, 24 metres wide, and capable of carrying over 300 troops, 23 Abrams tanks, 150 light Trucks, LCVP, Landing Craft Mechanised (LCM8) and is also capable of operating Navy helicopters including the MRH-90 Taipan and S-70B-2 Seahawk and the Australian Army’s S-70A Black Hawk. Choules is an amphibious Landing Ship Dock which originally served with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She was commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy in December 2011.

Choules is designed to operate using helicopters and landing craft to get landing forces and equipment ashore. Choules has a large flight deck aft which can accommodate two large helicopters and a docking well in the stern capable of operating a LCM-8 or two LCVP landing craft. She has had a great amount of experience working with Blackhawks, MRH-90 and Seahawks, so much so that on 10 April 2014 Choules’s Ship’s Aviation Officer (SAVO) clocked up 1,000 deck landings in one twelve month period.

Tasmanian built schooner “Eliza” - the first flagship in 1838

Eliza first flagship

Complete List of Flagships

Year No Date Flagship
1838 1 Dec. 1 Govt. Sch. Eliza
1839 2 Nov. 30 Govt. Sch. Eliza
1840 3 Dec. 1 "
1841 4 Dec. 1 "
1842 5 Dec. 2 Bq. Brilliant
1843 6 Dec. 1 Duke of Roxburgh
1844 7 Dec. 4 Bq. Frances
1845 8 Dec. 3 Sch. Letitia
1846 9 Dec. 1 Sch. Flying Fish
1847 10 Dec. 1 Bq. Pacific
1848 11 Dec. 1 Bq. Pacific
1849 12 Nov. 30 Vsl. Martha
1850 13 Dec. 3 Sch. Flying Fish
1852 14 Jan. 5 Sch. Water Lily
1853 15 Jan. 20 "
1854 16 Jan. 20 "
1855 17 Jan. 20 Brig. Australasian
1856 18 Jan. 2 Bq. Antipodes
1856 19 Dec. 4 Bq. Fair Tasmanian
1857 20 Dec. 3 Sch. North Star
1859 21 Jan. 5 H.M.S. Iris
1860 22 Jan. 11 S.S. Tasmania
1861 23 Jan. 10 Brig. Dart
1861 24 Dec. 6 S.S. Tasmania
1862 25 Dec. 4 Bq. Cantero
1863 26 Dec. 22 Bq. Thomas Brown
1864 27 Dec. 1 Sch. Swordfish
1865 28 Dec. 5 "
1866 29 Dec. 11 Bq. Ranger
1868 30 Jan. 9 Bq. Wild Wave
1868 31 Dec. 29 Ship Ethel
1869 32 Dec. 8 Bq. Eucalyptus
1871 33 Jan. 24 H.M.S. Blanche
1872 34 Jan. 30 H.M.S. Clio
1873 35 Feb. 5 Govt. Sch. Harriet
1874 36 Jan. 27 Bq. Waratah
1875 37 Jan. 28 Bq. Acacia
1876 38 Jan. 25 Bq. Victoria
1876 39 Dec. 2 H.M.S. Sappho
1877 40 Dec. 5 S.S. Truganini
1879 41 Feb. 4 Bq. Freetrader
1880 42 Jan. 27 H.M.S. Wolverine
1881 43 Feb. 8 "
1882 44 Jan. 24 H.M.S. Emerald
1883 45 Jan. 23 H.M.S. Miranda
1884 46 Jan. 24 H.M.S. Diamond
1885 47 Jan. 28 S.S. Esk
1886 48 Feb. 16 S.S. Mangana
1887 49 Feb. 26 Bq. Loongana
1888 50 Jan. 26 H.M.S. Egeria
1889 51 Jan. 15 "
1890 52 Jan. 28 Bq. Rambler
1891 53 Jan. 28 S.S. Talune
1892 54 Jan. 26 Bq. Asia
1893 55 Jan. 26 Bq. Kassa
1894 56 Jan. 26 H.M.S. Boomerang
1895 57 Jan. 30 Bq. Asia
1896 58 Jan. 29 H.M.S. Orlando
1897 59 Jan. 26 H.M.S. Pylades
1898 60 Jan. 26 H.M.S. Penguin
1899 61 Jan. 26 Bq. Fortuna
1900 62 Jan. 24 Bq. Wild Wave
1901 63 Jan. 23 R.V.Y.C. Crusader
1902 64 Jan. 28 H.M.S. Sparrow
1903 65 Jan. 30 H.M.S. Dart
1904 66 Jan. 26 H.M.S. Torch
1905 67 Feb. 1 H.M.S. Roy Arthur
1906 68 Jan. 24 H.M.S. Powerful
1907 69 Jan. 29 H.M.S. Cambrian
1908 70 Jan. 28 S.S. Westralia
1909 71 Jan. 26 H.M.S. Powerful
1910 72 Jan. 25 H.M.S. Pyranus
1911 73 Jan. 24 H.M.S. Pyranus
1912 74 Jan. 23 H.M.S. Psyche
1913 75 Jan. 21 H.M.S. Torch
1914 76 Jan. 27 H.M.A.S. Warrego
1915 77 Feb. 2 Ship Lotus
1916 78 Jan. 25 Ketch Alice
1917 79 Jan. 23 Ketch Alice
1918 80 Jan. 29 V.T.S. Dart
1919 81 Feb. 4 Bq. Wild Wave
1920 82 Jan. 27 H.M.A.S. Australia
1921 83 Feb. 1 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1922 84 Feb. 7 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1923 85 Feb. 6 H.M.A.S. Melbourne
1924 86 Feb. 5 H.M.A.S. Melbourne
1925 87 Feb. 3 H.M.A.S. Platypus
1926 88 Feb. 2 H.I.J.M.S. Iwate
1927 89 Feb. 1 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1928 90 Jan. 31 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1929 91 Feb. 5 H.M.A.S. Australia
1930 92 Feb. 4 H.M.A.S. Australia
1931 93 Feb. 3 H.M.A.S. Canberra
1932 94 Feb. 9 H.M.A.S. Australia
1933 95 Feb. 7 H.M.A.S. Albatross
1934 96 Feb. 6 Sch. Alma Doepel
1935 97 Feb. 5 Ketch Eva Leeta
1936 98 Feb. 11 Ketch Eva Leeta
1937 99 Feb. 23 H.M.A.S. Canberra
1938 100 Feb 19/22 H.M.A.S. Canberra
1939 101 Feb. 21 H.M.A.S. Hobart
1940 102 Feb. 13 S.S. Talune
1941 103 Feb. 11 Sch. Alma Doepel
1942 104 Dec. 5 Sch. Kermandie
1943 105 Mar. 6 Sch. Able Tasman
1944 106 Jan. 31 H.D.M.L. 1327
1945 107 Feb. 6 S.S. Marosa
1946 108 Feb.9/12 H.M.S. Bermuda
1947 109 Feb. 4 H.M.A.S. Quickmatch
1948 110 Feb. 14/17 H.M.A.S. Australia
1949 111 Feb. 12/15 H.M.A.S. Australia
1950 112 Feb. 11/14 H.M.A.S. Bataan
1951 113 Feb. 10/13 H.M.A.S. Latrobe
1952 114 Feb. 9/12 .M.A.S. Condamine" "
1953 115 Feb. 7/10 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1954 116 Feb. 13/22 H.M.A.S. Quadrant
1955 117 Feb. 5/8 H.M.A.S. Arunta
1956 118 Feb. 11/14 H.M.A.S. Arunta
1957 119 Feb. 9/12 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1958 120 Feb. 8/11 U.S.S. Blue
1959 121 Feb. 7/10 H.M.S. Cossack
1960 122 Feb. 6/9 H.M.S. St. Brides Bay
1961 123 Feb.11/14 H.M.A.S. Swan
1962 124 Feb. 10/13 H.M.A.S. Voyager
1963 125 Feb. 23/28 H.M.A.S. Quickmatch
1964 126 Feb. 8/11 H.M.A.S. Gascoyne
1965 127 Feb. 6/9 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1966 128 Feb. 5/8 H.M.A.S. Paramatta
1967 129 Feb. 11/14 H.M.A.S. Derwent
      REGATTA CANCELLED - BUSHFIRE DISASTER
1968 130 Feb. 10/13 H.M.A.S. Vendetta
1969 131 Feb. 8/11 H.M.A.S. Paramatta
1970 132 Feb. 7/10 H.M.A.S. Stalwart
1971 133 Feb. 6/9 H.M.A.S. Sydney
1972 134 Feb. 5/8 H.M.A.S. Anzac
1973 135 Feb. 10/13 H.M.A.S. Anzac
1974 136 Feb. 9/12 H.M.A.S. Swan
1975 137 Feb. 8/11 H.M.A.S. Duchess
1976 138 Feb. 7/10 H.M.A.S. Duchess
1977 139 Feb. 5/8 H.M.A.S. Duchess
1978 140 Feb. 11/14 H.M.A.S. Stalwart
1979 141 Feb. 10.13 H.M.A.S. Swan
1980 142 Feb. 9/12 H.M.A.S. Stalwart
1981 143 Feb. 7/10 H.M.A.S. Swan
1982 144 Feb. 6/9 H.M.A.S. Torrens
1983 145 Feb. 5/8 H.M.A.S. Jervis Bay
1984 146 Feb. 11/14 H.M.A.S. Hobart
1985 147 Feb. 9/12 H.M.A.S. Jervis Bay
1986 148 Feb. 8/11 H.M.A.S. Hobart
1987 149 Feb. 7/10 H.M.A.S. Hobart
1988 150 Feb. 6/9 H.M.A.S. Stalwart
1989 151 Feb. 11/14 H.M.A.S. Jervis Bay
1990 152 Feb. 10/13 H.M.A.S. Perth
1991 153 Feb. 9/12 H.M.A.S. Jervis Bay
1992 154 Feb. 8/11 H.M.A.S. Jervis Bay
1993 155 Feb. 6/9 H.M.A.S. Ardent
1994 156 Feb. 5/8 H.M.A.S. Newcastle
1995 157 Feb 11/14 H.M.A.S. Hobart & H.M.A.S. Canberra
1996 158 Feb 10/13 H.M.A.S Swan & H.M.A.S Torrens
1997 159 Feb 8/11 H.M.A.S Torrens
1998 160 Feb 7/10 H.M.A.S Torrens
1999 161 Feb 6/9 H.M.A.S Perth
2000 162 Feb 5/8 H.M.A.S Hobart
2001 163 Feb 10/12 H.M.A.S Brisbane
2002 164 Feb 9/11 H.M.A.S Melbourne
2003 165 Feb 8/10 H.M.A.S Manoora
2004 166 Feb 7/9 H.M.A.S Kanimbla
2005 167 Feb 12/14 H.M.A.S Melbourne
2006 168 Feb 11/13 H.M.A.S Stuart
2008 170 Feb 9/11 H.M.A.S Parramatta
2009 171 Feb 7/9 H.M.A.S Stuart
2010 172 Feb 6/8 Lady Nelson
2011 173 Feb 12/14 H.M.A.S Parramatta
2012 174 Feb 11/13 H.M.A.S Melville
2013 175 Feb 9/11 H.M.A.S Sydney
2014 176 Feb 8/10 H.M.A.S Tobruk
2015 177 Feb 7/9 H.M.A.S Sydney
2016 178 Feb 6/8 H.M.A.S Stuart
2017 179 Feb 11/13 H.M.A.S Choules