Since its inception in 1994, TASK FORCE 72 has developed into a large and well organised association, even drawing the attention of one RAN Admiral who personally thought that “We (TF72) were better organised and had better lines of communications than the RAN”.
As with most large associations, groups tend to congregate to areas where they can meet regularly. With the population of Australia being so spread out, it was logical that groups would form in certain areas of the population.
From this TASK FORCE 72 “Fleet Bases” were formed. These areas are headed by a committee member voted to the position by their peers and report to the rest of the TASK FORCE on a regular basis, the activities that their Fleet Base has undertaken.
They often organise displays in their areas when hobby show organisers request. Members from other areas then travel to lend support and models to boost numbers and to generally have a good time and partake of their hospitality.
So far “Fleet Bases” have been established in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
Although TASK FORCE 72 has several members overseas no International Fleet Bases have been established as yet.
If you live in one of these areas and would like to contact the local committee member, please email the Fleet Base directly, contact details will be found on their respective page, or contact Fleet HQ.
Fleet HQ is home to the Executive Committee and Administration for the club. Fleet HQ is responsible for the AGM and Annual regatta.
Contact Fleet HQ at tf72(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)taskforce72.org
Greater Sydney NSW
Fleet Base Greater Sydney is the Origin of Task Force 72 and as members joined from other areas, it was decided to create fleet bases to cater for those members outside of Sydney. Fleet Base Greater Sydney has many meetings in the Sydney region including Wentworth Falls and Manly Dam.
Task Force 72 – Fleet Base Wagga Wagga consists of a small group of members who enjoy building and sailing their 1:72nd scale model ships. Most members live in Wagga Wagga area although a couple come from out of town and visit regularly.
Hunter Central NSW
Encompasses an area of the NSW Central Coast from the Hawkesbury River in the south, to the Hastings River in the north. Within these boundaries lie the population centres of the Tuggerah Lakes district, the city of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, the Manning Valley & the Port Macquarie district in the Hastings River Valley.
Founded in late 2008 by several former members of Task Force 72 who had settled in Western Australia after careers that had seen them move around the country, these modellers conducted their first sailing day under the auspices of the club in early 2009.
Western Australia is home to a small but growing band of ship modellers building in 1:72, and it is hoped to bring as many of them as possible together under one banner as members of Fleet Base Perth.
Fleet Base Canberra (FBC) consists of a small group of members, most of who also belong to the ACT model Boat Club (ACT MBC). Because of this association, we have a wide range of models including non-1/72 scale craft.
Currently Fleet Base Brisbane has been disbanded, and members are being administered through Fleet Base Hunter Central, however, you can change this!
Task Force 72 has now spread south to Victoria where we have a small group of members now coming together to enjoy our hobby and the support and resources of the club.