The Huon class mine hunter coastal HMAS DIAMANTINA, (LCDR M.J. Rothwell, RAN), was commissioned. DIAMANTINA was laid down in ADI Yard, Newcastle, NSW, and launched on 2 December 2000. Mrs M. Bryden, (Daughter of LCDR Rose, RANVR), performed the launching ceremony.
Acting LS Cameron Troy Gurr was lost overboard from HMAS DARWIN, (frigate), in the vicinity of Christmas Island. DARWIN was conducting patrols as part of border protection operations, (Operation RELEX II). Despite an extensive search no trace of LS Gurr was ever found.