Surface Force

The Surface Force consists of the Surface Combatant Force, the Amphibious Warfare Force, and the Afloat Support Force.

Surface Combatant Force

In their war-fighting role, surface combatants are expected to counter a wide variety of threats across all domains. They must be capable of conducting constabulary tasks such as dealing with piracy, illegal fishing, bio-diversity (quarantine) infringements, human trafficking, drug and arms smuggling and illegal maritime arrivals. Furthermore, they must be able to participate in an equally broad range of diplomatic operations either independently, or as part of a larger task force.

The Surface Combatant Force currently consists of one recently commissioned Hobart class DDG, three Adelaide class FFGs and eight Anzac class FFHs. Significant upgrades have been made to both classes of frigate in order to maintain their effectiveness in a multi-threat situation.

HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), NUSHIP Hobart (DDG39) and HMAS Darwin (FFG04) sail together.
HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), NUSHIP Hobart (DDG39) and HMAS Darwin (FFG04) sail together.

Amphibious Warfare Force

Amphibious forces, by their nature, possess mobility in mass, but their defining characteristic is their unique cross-domain mobility and they are useful across the full spectrum of military, constabulary and diplomatic tasks. In periods of tension putting a maritime force to sea can be prudent, providing a gesture of support to allies or a threat to adversaries. The capacity to provide a sustained forward presence is a powerful diplomatic tool, while its ability to manoeuvre freely at sea can be used to escalate or defuse tensions as required.

The Amphibious Warfare Force currently consists of two Canberra class LHDs, one modified Bay class LSD and a number of types of landing craft such as LLC, LCVP and the Australian Army's LCM-8.

Landing craft from the RAN and Australian Army in formation with Philippine Marine Corps small unit riverine craft, during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training conducted from HMAS Adelaide in Subic Bay, Philippines.
Landing craft from the RAN and Australian Army in formation with Philippine Marine Corps small unit riverine craft, during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training conducted from HMAS Adelaide in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Afloat Support Force

The primary operational contribution of the Afloat Support Force is the delivery of logistic support to surface combatants and other ships while they conduct combat operations at and from the sea. The effectiveness of warships is enhanced by providing logistic resupply in the area of operations, allowing surface combatants and amphibious forces to prolong operations, or extend their range and endurance.

The Afloat Support Force currently consists of one modified Durance class AORs and one modified commercial tanker AO.

HMAS Sirius conducts a dual replenishment at sea with HMA Ships Melbourne and Darwin.
HMAS Sirius conducts a dual replenishment at sea with HMA Ships Melbourne and Darwin.

 

Surface Force Ships

Name Pennant Current Ship Type Commanding Officer Ship Datasheet
HMAS Melbourne (III) FFG 05 Frigate, Guided Missile (FFG) Commander Marcus Buttler HMAS Melbourne (III) (PDF, 183KB)
HMAS Newcastle FFG 06 Frigate, Guided Missile (FFG) Commander Anita Sellick HMAS Newcastle (PDF, 139KB)
HMAS Anzac (III) FFH 150 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) HMAS Anzac (III) (PDF, 143KB)
HMAS Arunta (II) FFH 151 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) HMAS Arunta (II) (PDF, 143KB)
HMAS Ballarat (II) FFH 155 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) Commander Paul Johnson HMAS Ballarat (II) (PDF, 140KB)
HMAS Parramatta (IV) FFH 154 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) Commander Troy Van Tienhoven HMAS Parramatta (IV) (PDF, 144KB)
HMAS Perth (III) FFH 157 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) HMAS Perth (III) (PDF, 274KB)
HMAS Stuart (III) FFH 153 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) Commander Brendan Horn HMAS Stuart (III) (PDF, 145KB)
HMAS Toowoomba (II) FFH 156 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) Commander Mitchell Livingstone HMAS Toowoomba (II) (PDF, 138KB)
HMAS Warramunga (II) FFH 152 Frigate, Helicopter (FFH) Commander Luke Ryan HMAS Warramunga (II) (PDF, 602KB)
HMAS Sirius O 266 Support Ship Commander Melanie Verho HMAS Sirius (PDF, 270KB)
HMAS Success (II) OR 304 Support Ship Commander Grant Zilko HMAS Success (II) (PDF, 139KB)
HMAS Choules L100 Landing Ship, Dock (LSD) Commander Scott Houlihan HMAS Choules (PDF, 164KB)
HMAS Adelaide (III) L01 Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) Captain Jonathan Ley HMAS Adelaide (III) (PDF, 157KB)
HMAS Canberra (III) L02 Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) Captain Ashley Papp HMAS Canberra (III) (PDF, 166KB)
HMAS Brisbane (III) D41 Destroyer, Guided Missile (DDG) Commander Josh Wilson
HMAS Hobart (III) D39 Destroyer, Guided Missile (DDG) Captain John Stavridis HMAS Hobart (III) (PDF, 156KB)