MSA (Minesweeper Auxiliary) Brolga (1102)
was a minesweeper
operated by the Royal Australian Navy
(RAN) between 1988 and 2003. She was constructed in Fremantle, Western Australia
by Australian Shipbuilding Industries (now Tenix
) in 1975, and first served as the lighthouse tender Lumen
for the Australian Department of Transport.
She was purchased by the RAN on 10 February 1988, and entered service as a Minesweeper Auxiliary (Small). Brolga
was one of three Minesweeper Auxiliaries operating as part of the Craft of Opportunity (COOP) ProgramSharpe, Richard (ed.), Janes Fighting Ships 2000-2001
, Janes Information Group, London, 2000. ISBN 0-7106-2018-7 under the command of the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Group, along with MSA Bandicoot
and MSA Walleroo
saw operational service off Bougainville
, supporting the Peace Monitoring Group during Operation Belisi.
In 2003, Brolga was sold at auction for AU$255,000. She was returned to Fremantle, Western Australia, where statements given at the time of the auction indicated that she was to be used as a mothership for a fishing fleet. Instead, the ship was used for recreational purposes for 2 years, such as in a local protest for Port Coogee, and then sold to a private customer.
Converted to a diving and salvage platform, the renamed Retriever 1
was suspected to be linked to the disappearance of conman Peter Foster
in January... Read More