HMAS Tobruk is a Landing Ship Heavy (LSH) of the Royal Australian Navy, based on the design of the Round Table class of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary.In October 2013, Tobruk participated in the International Fleet Review 2013.
On 18 November,2013 the ship sailed from Townsville with disaster relief supplies for Tacloban City and coastal regions of Leyte in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. The ship returned to Sydney on 21 December of that year.
Laid down in February 1979, Tobruk was the first purpose-built amphibious vessel of the RAN, and was intended to provide the Australian Defence Force with a sealift capability. She was commissioned into the RAN in April 1981, but was afflicted by several engine and sewerage treatment plant problems during the early part of her career; the latter causing a death on board in 1981.
While the Government intended to retire her in the early 1990s, this did not go ahead, and Tobruk remains in service with the RAN.
Philippines born sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain sailor Erik Catada has received an award from the Philippines government .
He returned to the Philippines last year aboard HMAS Tobruk to assist with the Australian Defence Force’s Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST clean-up effort at Ormoc, Leyte.