ex-HMAS Tobruk was launched on 1 March 1980 and was the Royal Australian Navy’s first purpose-built amphibious heavy lift ship.
ex-HMAS Tobruk was vital to the fleet and could transport up to 18 tanks and had two helicopter decks making it a force to be reckoned with.
The vehicle deck had a roll-on, roll-off function and held 40 armoured vehicles and personnel carriers. The Tobruk cabins provided accommodation for up to 520 troops during several missions.
ex-HMAS Tobruk was decommissioned on July 31, 2015 making the end of it’s service to the Navy.
The 217m heavy-lift former navy ship which was involved in 26 major operations will spend the rest of its lift in the waters between the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg as a dive site. The dive site will cater for divers of all levels and abilities.
The upper rear decks of the ex-HMAS Tobruk are anticipated to be in water shallower than 18m while the internal tank deck is likely to be in 25m, appealing to advanced and technical divers, but is truely an amazing experience for anyone wanting to experience this amazing dive site.
Ex-HMAS Tobruk will become a ‘sister wreck’ to ex-HMAS Brisbane which was sunk off the Sunshine Coast 11 years ago.