HMAS Vendetta at the stern of the tug with HMAS Vampire inboard then the two Charles F Adams class astern of the ships at the bow of the tug are HMAS Brisbane With either Hobart or Perth inboard and appears to be HMAS Supply astern of them
Is that a submarine on the cross wall in the foreground? Looks like a bell above a door on a conning tower. (Trying to work out when I was last in the stores basin, must have been the Bayleaf in 1972). There is also a smaller frigate alongside the two type twelves bottom left, possibly the survey ship Diamantina?
Yes Tony, you are spot on with the tanker. Built as RFA Tide Austral and renamed HMAS SUPPLY when moved to RAN. She is inboard of HMAS SWAN. Ahead are 2 DDGs, Possibly HMAS PERTH (38) inboard of HMAS BRISBANE. Ahead of them looks like 2 Rothesay or Whitby class frigates inboard of HMAS DIAMANTINA. Inboard of the 2 Daring class (Vendetta & Vampire) is an Ikara Leander. Noting the date of the photo, this must have been one of the first converted.
PAS Tug Elkhound was a "Dog" Class Tug and somewhat larger than an "Improved Girl Class" Tug. The "Dog" Class Tug of which there were many built and I might add the majority of Them are still working to this day in various guises and in various parts of the world. The "Dog" class were very manoueverable sporting twin screws. The Tug in the picture is an "Improved Girl Class" sporting only a single screw and smaller than a "Dog" Class. Agreed at first glance they do look a little similar but only at a glance. Now as to the name on the Tug I've no Idea. The "Improved Girl Class" tugs where named thus=Daisy A145, Daphne A156, Dorothy A173,Edith A 177,Charlotte A210,Christine A217,Clare A218 and finally Doris A252. Their GRT is 75 Tons with a Speed of 10Knots and a Complement of 6(MOD Crewing).