HMAS Ballarat (II)
Defend the Flag
Tenix Defence Systems
4 August 2000
25 May 2002
26 June 2004
|Dimensions & Displacement|
|Range||6000 nautical miles|
|Torpedoes||2 x Mk32 Mod 5 triple mounted torpedo tubes|
|Combat Data Systems||Saab Systems 9LV 453|
|Electro-optic Systems||Saab Systems Ceros 200|
|Helicopters||1 x S-70B-2 Seahawk|
|Inherited Battle Honours|
HMAS Ballarat is the second Royal Australian Navy ship to bear the name and is the eighth ANZAC Class Guided Missile Frigate to be built by Tenix Defence Systems in Williamstown , Australia.
Ballarat is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Ballarat is fitted with an advanced package of air and surface surveillance radars, omni-directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems which interface with the state-of-the-art 9LV453 Mk3 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 torpedoes and a vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. Other ship's defence systems include the Nulka active missile decoy system, offboard chaff and a torpedo countermeasures system.
A "combined diesel or gas" (CODOG) propulsion plant 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 a multi-role Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter to enhance 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 torpedoes.