HMAS Melbourne (III)
Vires Acquirit Eundo
Australian Marine Eng (Consolidated), Williamstown
12 July 1985
5 May 1989
15 February 1992
|Dimensions & Displacement|
|Range||4,500 nautical miles|
|Torpedoes||6 x Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes|
|Combat Data Systems||ADACS. OE-2 SATCOM; Link 11. Link 16.|
|Weapon Control Systems||
|Inherited Battle Honours|
HMAS Melbourne (III) is one of the Royal Australian Navy's three remaining Adelaide Class guided missile frigates. The ship is a long-range escort capable of area air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.
At the time of their commissioning, Melbourne (III) and her five sister ships were the first RAN ships to be powered by gas turbines. This, combined with a modern repair by replacement policy, has allowed both a reduced complement and a high availability for sea duty. In addition, two forward mounted retractable auxiliary propulsion units provide a secondary means of propulsion plus excellent manoeuvrability in confined waters.
The ship is also equipped with a sophisticated computer-based command and control system and a comprehensive sensor package including the Mulloka medium range sonar for submarine detection.
Melbourne (III) is the lead ship for the Nulka Active Missile Decoy System, designed and manufactured in Australia in collaboration with the United States . Aboriginal for 'Be Quick', Nulka is an expendable decoy which uses a unique hovering rocket to protect RAN ships against advanced anti-ship missiles.
Melbourne (III) deployed to the Arabian Gulf during 2002 as part of the Multinational Interception Force (MIF) enforcing United Nation's sanctions against Iraq .
The name Melbourne has been carried by two former RAN warships: a light cruiser 1913-1928, and an aircraft carrier 1955-1982.
The ship's motto, 'VIRES ACQUIRIT EUNDO', translates as 'She Gathers Strength As She Goes'.