HMAS Arunta (II)
Commanding Officer
Anzac Class
Role Long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
FFH 151
International Callsign
Conquer or Die
Home Port
Tenix Defence Systems
28 June 1996
12 December 1998
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Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 3,600 tonnes
Length 118 metres
Beam 14.8 metres
Draught 4.5 metres
Speed 27 knots
Range 6,000 nautical miles
Crew 177
  • 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engine
  • 2 x MTU 12V 1163 diesels driving two controllable pitch propellers
  • Mk 41 vertical launch system with Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles
  • Harpoon anti-ship missiles
  • 5 inch Mk45 Mod 2 automatic rapid fire gun
  • 4 x 50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns
Torpedoes 2 x Mk32 Mod 5 triple mounted torpedo tubes
Physical Countermeasures
  • Loral Hycor SRBOC decoy launchers
  • BAE Nulka decoy launchers
  • SLQ-25C torpedo countermeasures
Electronic Countermeasures
  • JEDS 3701 electronic support measures
  • Telefunken PST-1720 comms intercept
  • Raytheon SPS-49(V)8 ANZ
  • CEAFAR active phased array
  • Kelvin Hughes Sharp Eye
  • CEAMOUNT illuminators
  • Saab Systems Ceros 200
  • Cossor AIMS Mk XII
  • Thomson Sintra Spherion
  • Thales UMS 5424 Petrel
Combat Data Systems Saab Systems 9LV453 Mk3E
Electro-optic Systems
  • Saab Systems Ceros 200
  • Vampir NG infra-red search and track system
Helicopters 1 x S-70B-2 Seahawk or 1 x MH-60R Seahawk
Inherited Battle Honours
Battle Honours PERSIAN GULF 2002
HMAS Arunta (II) Badge

HMAS Arunta is the second of the Royal Australian Navy's eight Anzac class frigates. The Arunta is based on the German Meko 200 frigate, designed and built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria.

Arunta is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Arunta's combat capabilities have been significantly improved under under the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade program, a world class program that provides an enhanced sensor and weapons systems capability. The upgrade showcases Australian design and integration capability, with new Phased Array Radar technology designed by CEA Technologies in Canberra, upgrades to combat systems performed by Saab Systems in South Australia, and platform integration design by BAE Systems in Victoria.

Arunta is fitted with an advanced package of air and surface surveillance radars; omni-directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems that interface with the state-of-the-art 9LV453 Mk3E combat data system. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

The ship's main armament comprises one five inch (127 mm) gun capable of firing 20 rounds per minute, ship launched Mk 46 torpedoes and a Mk 41 vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow point defence missile. Warramunga also has eight anti-ship/land attach canister launched harpoon missiles and a vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. The ship's other defence systems include the Nulka active missile decoy system, offboard chaff and a torpedo countermeasures system.

HMAS Arunta, like her sister frigates HMA Ships Anzac, Ballarat, Parramatta, Stuart, Toowoomba and Warramunga features a "combined diesel or gas" (CODOG) propulsion plant which enables the ship to sustain sprint speeds of greater than 27 knots and allows an operational range in excess of 6,000 nautical miles at 18 knots.

The ship can embark Navy's latest multi-role Sikorsky S-70R Seahawk helicopter which has enhanced anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and Search and Rescue capabilities. Embarkation of a helicopter also provides the ship with the capability to deliver air-launched missiles and torpedoes.

Arunta has recently departed Australia on a nine month deployment to the Middle East Region for Operation MANITOU.  This will be the 64th Royal Australian Navy ship deployed to the Middle East since 1990 and will be the first in an extended rotation which will see greater time on task for Australian ships.

Arunta is the second ship of the name. The original Arunta (I), commissioned in 1942, became one of the best known RAN ships in World War II . She served with distinction in New Guinea and the Pacific between 1942-1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 and Lingayen Gulf in 1945.

The name "Arunta" comes from the Arrernte Aboriginal people (also spelt "Arunda" or "Aranda") located in central Australia.

Selection of the Arunta name and original motto 'Conquer or Die' recognises the ship's proud history and the ongoing and special relationship with the ARRERNTE Aboriginal people.

The Arrernte Aboriginal people of Central Australia

The Arrernte region based around Alice Springs is large, and traditionally there have been many different aboriginal groups within it; each with their own language dialect. Language is strongly connected with family membership and the relationships to land and dreamings that go with this. Arrernte is known as a nation in itself to Aboriginal communities of Central Australia. Within these boundaries the ancestors of the modern Arrernte have roamed, hunted, and performed their ceremonies, just as their living descendants do in the present day.

Arrernte have always been traditional custodians of many of the river beds of Central Australia. Art, myths and ceremonies are at the centre of the Arrernte culture which is as strong and diverse today as it has ever been.

The Arrernte region itself is large and diverse and covers an area from Tea Tree to the north of Alice Springs, west to the WA border, east to the Queensland border and south to Uluru.

To maintain the warm and special bond between HMAS Arunta and the Arrernte people the Arrernte Council presented HMAS Arunta with a flag displaying a perentie lizard. The lizard is an animal from the dreamtime for the Arrernte people.

HMAS Arunta also sponsors a perentie lizard, the ship's mascot, at Perth Zoo, Western Australia.