27th February 2021

 Naval Auxiliary Patrol

Stokes & Sons Melbourne.

See also Cossum page 58.

The N.A.P. were sponsored by the Navy on 25th June 1941 to patrol the whole coastline of Australia . It absorbed the existing  Volunteer Coastal Patrol, formed in 1938, originally with ten Sydney Yachtsmen but growing to over 1000 men in ports and inlets from Queensland to the border of South Australia. In May 1942 the NAP was transferred into the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve. The strength was over 3,000 men until 1944, when the risk of enemy attack was low enough to reduce to a minimum strength. Full time service volunteers became members of the RAN and received naval rates of pay and wore naval uniform.

The Telegraph (Brisbane), 25th July 1941 page 5.


The Telegraph (Brisbane), 17th January 1942 page 4.

Australian War Memorial, image #055967. 1943: New entry N.A.P. seamanship class.

See  https://www.navy.gov.au/media-room/publications/naval-auxiliary-patrol