Auxiliary Schooner
20 September 1943
19 April 1944
Dimensions & Displacement
Length 45 feet 6 inches
Beam 12 feet 6 inches
Draught 6 feet 6 inches
Guns 1 x .303 inch Vickers machine gun
Other Armament 10 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.

Matoma was a 45 foot Auxiliary Schooner that served as an Examination and Naval Auxiliary Patrol vessel. The boat was requisitioned for naval service on 30 October 1942. HMAS Matoma commissioned into the RAN on 20 September 1943, under the command of Naval Auxiliary Patrol Skipper Maxwell C Hines. The boat was decommissioned on 19 April 1944.

HMAS Matoma first appeared in the April 1944 edition of the Navy List:
HMAS Matoma first appeared in the April 1944 edition of the Navy List: