Motor Launch
6 July 1943
17 March 1944
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 38 feet
Beam 9 feet 8 inches
Draught 4 feet
Speed 8 knots
Other Armament 2 x Mk VII depth charges, 6 x Midget 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.

Kweena was a 38 foot Motor Launch that served as a Naval Auxiliary Patrol vessel. The boat was requisitioned for RAN service on 4 January 1943, before being purchased by the Australian Government on 4 June 1943. HMAS Kweena commissioned into the RAN on 6 July 1943, under the command of Naval Auxiliary Patrol Skipper Tom W Wayland. The boat was decommissioned on 17 March 1944, and sold in October 1945.

HMAS Kweena first appeared in the October 1943 edition of the Navy List:
HMAS Kweena first appeared in the October 1943 edition of the Navy List: