HMAS Penguin (NSW)

Situated in the suburb of Balmoral on Middle Head in Sydney Harbour, HMAS Penguin is surrounded by beaches and parkland and is within 30 minutes of the city centre.

Penguin is also close to many of the sights and sounds of Sydney including Manly Beach and Taronga Park Zoo.

HMAS Penguin is a part of Navy’s Systems Command. Its primary role is to provide trained personnel to the Fleet and it is the home of the RAN Diving School, the RAN Hydrographic School and the Medical Training School.

Penguin is also home to the Balmoral Naval Hospital, the Navy’s principal medical facility, and provides trained personnel for the Primary Casualty Receiving Facilities embarked in the Navy’s amphibious training ships, HMAS Kanimbla and HMAS Manoora. The Submarine and underwater Medicine Unit and the RAN Recompression Chamber Facility also reside at Penguin and reinforce the establishment’s claim as a centre of underwater medicine expertise.

In 2003, Penguin will assume a greater tri-Service flavour with the relocation of Headquarters, 1 Commando Regiment from Randwick and the move of 1 Commando Company from Georges Heights.

Today, Penguin remains the Navy’s main medical facility – and is assuming a broader Defence role. A strategic alliance has been established with the Royal North Shore Hospital and hospital provides primary medical care to Defence personnel across the wider Sydney area. Uniformed medical staff continue to staff the embarked Primary Casualty Receiving Facilities, when needed. A pathology centre provides pathology services to Defence units across Australia and psychology staff provide counselling services and a critical stress incident management capability for the RAN.

As the military presence on Middle Head, Penguin is fortunate to enjoy the strong support of the local community and publicly acknowledges it. Penguin is a part of Mosman and, together, we celebrate sixty years of continuing service.

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Penguin Canteen Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday

6.30am – 2.00pm


6.30am – 1.00pm

Please note that opening and closing times may alter at any time due to COVID-19, to see current opening hours please visit Canteens Opening Hours.

Contact Details

  • Address: HMAS Penguin, Middle Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
  • Iain McAndrew

    NSW Regional Manager - Sydney Hub
    • Mobile: 0477 477 857
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    • Address: Building 1
      Garden Island (FBE)
      Potts Point NSW 2011
  • Tina Roda

    Business Manager - Sydney Hub
    • Mobile: 0411 429 991
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    • Address: Level 1, Building 43
      Garden Island (FBE)
      Potts Point NSW 2011

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