The decommissioning guard from HMA Ships Tarakan, Labuan and Brunei march ashore from their vessels.After nearly 40 years of essential service to communities in Australia and the Pacific, the Royal Australian Navy decommissioned its three remaining Landing Craft Heavy HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan at a traditional ceremony at HMAS Cairns.Following the decommissioning, Labuan will be gifted to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element.
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HMAS Childers (ACPB 93) is an Armidale class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was constructed by Austal at their shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. She was launched on 18 December 2006, and was commissioned in Cairns, Queensland on 07 July 2007.