HMAS Ballarat (II)
Commanding Officer
FFH 155
Defend the Flag
Home Port
Tenix Defence Systems
Laid Down
4 August 2000
25 May 2002
26 June 2004
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 diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers
  • Mk41 vertical launch system with the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
  • 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 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
  • Infra-red search and track system
Helicopters 1 x S-70B-2 Seahawk or 1 x MH-60R Seahawk
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Ballarat (II) Badge

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.