HMAS Watson (NSW)

HMAS Watson, located at Sydney’s South Head, was commissioned as the Royal Australian Navy’s Radar Training School on 14th March, 1945. Today, Watson is the premier RAN maritime warfare training establishment. It is the home of the Training Authority Maritime Warfare and, under recent restructuring, is part of Fleet Command as of July 2009.

Students at Watson range in experience from Commanding Officers who are proceeding back to sea in Command of a major fleet unit through to the junior Combat System Operator Sailors undertaking their first category course after recruit training.

The role of Watson is to prepare Officers and Sailors of the Royal Australian Navy to go to sea and to be a part of the team that contributes to Fleet commitments and outcomes – “to fight and win at sea”.

Watson provides basic and advanced training for Junior and Senior Sailors in the Combat System Category and Junior Seaman Officers in ships handling, navigation and tactics. Advanced training is conducted for Principal Warfare Officers, who are taught to effectively use the modern ships’ weapons and sensors, and Force Warfare Officers who focus on planning and staff skills required to function within a joint staff at sea or ashore. At the high end, Watson trains newly appointed Commanding and Executive Officers, giving them the finish needed to succeed in commanding the highly professional people who crew the ships and establishments that make up Australia’s Navy.

Watson was named after Watsons Bay, which in turn was named after Robert Watson, the Quartermaster of HMS Sirius, a ship of the First Fleet. Upon arrival, he became the Pilot, Harbourmaster and Boatswain of the new colony. In 1818, Governor Macquarie commissioned the “Macquarie Lighthouse” appointing Watson as Superintendent. Macquarie Light is depicted in the centre of the crest of Watson.

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Watson Canteen Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday

6.30am – 2.30pm


6.30am – 1.00pm

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Contact Details

  • Address: HMAS Watson, Cliff St, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
  • Phone: 02 9337 0354
  • 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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