The landing craft heavy HMAS LABUAN, (LEUT Henry Old, RAN), was commissioned. LABUAN was laid down at Walker’s Yard, Maryborough, QLD, in October 1971, and launched on 29 December 1971. Eight of this class of vessel were ordered, LABUAN being the third completed, and the second commissioned into the RAN.
The landing class heavy HMAS BUNA was commissioned. BUNA was laid down in Walker’s Yard, Maryborough, QLD.