HMAS Ballarat (II)
|Role||Long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.|
Defend the Flag
Tenix Defence Systems
4 August 2000
25 May 2002
26 June 2004
|Dimensions & Displacement|
|Range||6,000 nautical miles|
|Torpedoes||2 x Mk32 Mod 5 triple mounted torpedo tubes|
|Combat Data Systems||Saab Systems 9LV453 Mk3E|
|Helicopters||1 x S-70B-2 Seahawk or 1 x MH-60R 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 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 (127mm) gun capable of firing up to 20 rounds per minute, Harpoon and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launchers and ship launched torpedoes. Other ship's defence systems include the Nulka active missile decoy system, off-board 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 variety of aircraft including the new MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters. These aircraft have highly sophisticated combat systems designed to employ Hellfire air-to-surface missile and the Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedo.