The Ex HMAS Tobruk will soon be resting on the seabed in a area just north of Hervey Bay. Contractors have been busy for several months now preparing the ship to be the latest addition to the military dive wreck sites in Australian waters.
The Ex HAMS Tobruk will be like no other wreck in Queensland as she will offer a very unique dive experience with excellent access. It is hoped that her front and stern doors will be open to provide that full length swim through experience.
HMAS Tobruk (L 50) was a Landing Ship Heavy (LSH) of the Royal Australian Navy. Planning for the ship began in the 1970s to provide the Australian Army with a permanent sealift capability. Her keel was laid down in Newcastle, NSW in 1979, launched in 1980, and commissioned in 1981. She was a multi-purpose heavy lift ship capable of transporting soldiers, heavy vehicles and tanks, and delivering them to shore via landing craft or directly by beaching.
The HMAS Tobruk was decommissioned by the Australian government in July 2015 with the state of Queensland successfully tendering for the vessel in late 2016. The ship was towed from Sydney to the port of Bundaberg in December 2016 for preparations for scuttling in Wide Bay sometime in 2018.