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HMAS Advance P83

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HMAS Advance P83 was an Attack-class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy.

Constructed during 1967 and commissioned into the RAN in 1968, Advance operated from Darwin and patrolled northern Australian waters.

HMAS Advance
HMAS Advance

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During her career, the patrol boat shadowed a Soviet trawler, survived Cyclone Tracy, was used for filming of the television series Patrol Boat, and participated in the RAN's first anti-terrorism patrol of the North West Shelf.

Advance was replaced in 1980, but continued to operate as a training ship until she was decommissioned in 1988.

She was donated to the Australian National Maritime Museum, which have maintained her in an operational condition. The vessel remains part of the museum's collection as of 2014.