Australian Customs Service (ACS)
Boarder Protection Command
Coastwatch role and objectives
The BPC has stated that the role of Coastwatch is to provide a "civil littoral and offshore surveillance and response service". Providing the following services:
Coastwatch uses a mixture of aircraft and marine vessels. The aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary are supplied by outsourced contractors, Defence and charter flights. The marine vessels are supplied by either the RAN, private charter or the NMU.
Primary long range communications are conducted utilizing the following HF network, and are supplemented by Inmarsat and Iridium satellite systems (also military UHF Satcom).
|Registered Frequency||Dial Frequency (USB)|
|2.1495000 MHz||2.148 MHz|
|5.2865000 MHz||5.285 MHz|
|7.9615000 MHz||7.960 MHz|
|10.4365000 MHz||10.435 MHz|
|13.5925000 MHz||13.591 MHz|
|The following are only used in Townsville, QLD|
|10.9665000 MHz||10.965 MHz|
|11.0565000 MHz||11.055 MHz|
|14.5265000 MHz||14.525 MHz|
|14.9365000 MHz||14.935 MHz|
The ACS HF Network is Australia's second
largest HF system, second only to the military MHFCS network.
It's remote transmission sites are located at:
Port Headland WA, Brome WA, Tullamarine VIC, Lord Howe Island NSW, Dampier WA, Carnarvon WA, Brisbane QLD, Alice Springs NT, and Townsville QLD.
The current fleet of Bay class ships are due to be replaced by end of 2015 with the Cape class.
|ACV Botany Bay||ACV 30||Bay Class|
|ADV Cape Byron||Operated by Navy ADV 20||Cape Class|
|ACV Cape Jervis||Cape Class|
|ACV Cape Leveque||Cape Class|
|ADV Cape Nelson||Operated by Navy ADV 40||Cape Class|
|ACV Cape Sorell||Cape Class|
|ACV Cape St George||Cape Class|
|ACV Cape Wessel||Cape Class|
|ACV Cape York||Cape Class|
|ACV Holdfast Bay||ACV 20||Bay Class|
|ABFC Ocean Shield||Offshore Support Vessel - Southern Ocean|
|ACV Roebuck Bay||ACV 10||Bay Class|
|ACV Storm Bay||ACV 80||Bay Class|
|AFBC Thiayak||Ashmore Reef long range interceptor|
|ACV Triton||Former UK Navy trimaran prototype||Triton Prototype - Pacific & Indian Ocean|
Information correct as of 20 January, 2016