Motor Launch
16 February 1943
18 December 1945
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 51 feet
Beam 14 feet
Draught 5 feet 9 inch
Speed 11 knots
Guns 2 x .303 inch Vickers Machine Guns
Other Armament 2 x Mk VII depth charges, 8 x 25lb depth charges

With much of the Royal Australian Navy fleet deployed to foreign waters in the early years of World War II, the defence of Australia’s coastlines became a primary concern for the Naval Board. The Naval Auxiliary Patrol (NAP) was a war-raised unit approved on 25 June 1941, charged with patrolling and safeguarding Australia's inner harbours, ports, rivers and estuaries against enemy sabotage or attack. The NAP fleet was comprised primarily of former pleasure craft, offered freely by their owners.

In May 1942, the NAP was transferred to the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) and was thereafter known as the RANVR NAP. By October 1942 the total strength of the NAP had increased to over 3000 mobilised and unmobilised reserves. This was to remain the case until early 1944 when it was considered that the danger of enemy attack was remote enough to reduce the strength of the NAP to a minimum.

Kazembe was a 51 foot Motor Launch that served as a Naval Auxiliary Patrol vessel and Channel Patrol Boat. The boat was requisitioned for naval service on 20 November 1942, before being commissioned into the RAN on 16 February 1943. Kazembe was purchased by the Australian Government in February 1944. HMAS Kazembe was decommissioned on 18 December 1945 and sold in April 1946.

HMAS Kazembe first appeared in the April 1943 edition of the Navy List:
HMAS Kazembe first appeared in the April 1943 edition of the Navy List: