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Following the Federation of Australia inthe ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force, called the Commonwealth Naval Forces. Originally intended for local defence, the Australia navy was granted the title of 'Royal Australian Navy' inand became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.

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The Australian and New Zealand governments helped to fund the Australian Squadron untilwhile the Admiralty committed itself to keeping the Squadron at a constant strength. Then, rapid wartime expansion saw the acquisition of large surface vessels and the building of many smaller warships.

In the decade following the war, the RAN acquired a small number of aircraft carriers, the last of which was decommissioned in Today, the RAN consists of 48 commissioned vessels, 3 non-commissioned vessels and over 16, personnel. The navy is one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in Australia navy South Pacific regionwith a Australia navy presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions.

The Commonwealth Naval Forces were established on 1 Marchtwo months after the federation of Australiawhen the naval forces of the separate Australian colonies were amalgamated. A period of uncertainty followed as the policy makers sought to determine the newly established force's requirements and purpose, with the debate focusing upon whether Australia's naval force would be structured mainly for local defence or whether it would be designed to serve as a fleet unit within a larger imperial force, controlled centrally by the British Admiralty.

As a result, the Australia navy force structure was set at "one battlecruiser, three light cruisers, six destroyers and three submarines".

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