Ship’s Callsigns

RAN Ships - Names & Callsigns (Last updated 12 December 2015)

During his lifetime Sandy McNab put together some outstanding research to provide a comprehensive list of RAN ships and their callsigns. This was a project he worked on for many years. Unfortunately, Sandy died before it could be completed, but his research is now available to all. It is a valuable legacy, but it continues to be a work in progress. If anyone has any additions, or changes please contact me (Web Yeoman)  and I will work my way through the necessary changes.


Follow this link for the workbook of RAN Ships and their Callsigns

Sandy also provided a colour-coded workbook of RAN ships names, along with their dates of service.  The colour code is at top of the worksheet and is as follows:

1911-1918 – Red
1918-1939 – Green
1939-1945 – Blue
1945-1960 – Plum
1960-1980 – Purple
1980-2011 – Black


Follow this link for the workbook of RAN Ships Names

To complete the listing, Sandy also attached a new file “Shore Establishment Address Indicators” as a new page alongside the Ships Callsigns and Ships Names pages listed above. At the time Sandy said “I guess they will bring back a few memories for many, they did me.”


Follow this link for a list of RAN Shore Establishment Address Indicators
Rest in Peace Sandy, you have left a great legacy for others to follow.