HMAS
Melbourne
(III)

HMAS Melbourne (III)
Commanding Officer
Class
Adelaide Class
Type
Role
  • Undersea Warfare
  • Over the Horizon Targeting
  • Surveillance
  • Boarding Support
  • Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Utility Operations
Pennant
FFG 05
International Callsign
VKLP
Motto
Vires Acquirit Eundo
Home Port
Builder
Australian Marine Eng (Consolidated), Williamstown
Laid Down
12 July 1985
Launched
5 May 1989
Commissioned
15 February 1992
Resources
Datasheet
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Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 4,267 tonnes
Length 138.1 metres
Beam 13.7 metres
Draught 4.5 metres
Performance
Speed 29 knots
Range 4,500 nautical miles
Complement
Crew 199
Propulsion
Machinery
  • 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbines
  • 2 auxiliary electric retractable propulsors
Armament
Missiles
  • Harpoon Block 2
  • Standard SM-2 Block IIIA
  • Mk 41 VLS launcher
Guns
  • 1 x OTO Melara 3 in (76 mm)/62 US Mk 75
  • 1 x 20 mm Mk 15 Vulcan Phalanx anti-missile system
  • 6 x 12.7 mm MGs
  • 2 x Rafael Mini-Typhoon 12.7 mm remote-controlled guns (for selected deployments).
Torpedoes 6 x Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes
Physical Countermeasures
  • 4 x Loral Hycor SRBOC Mk 36 or TERMA SKWS
  • 2 x Rafael long-range chaff rocket launchers
  • LESCUT torpedo countermeasures
Electronic Countermeasures
  • Elbit EA-2118 jammer
  • Rafael C-Pearl
Radars
  • Raytheon SPS-49A(V)1
  • ISC Cardion SPS-55
  • Lockheed SPG-60
  • Sperry Mk 92 Mod 12
Sonars
  • Thales Spherion (TMS 4131)
  • Petrel (TMS 5424) mine avoidance
  • Albatros (TMS 4350) towed-array torpedo warning system
Combat Data Systems ADACS. OE-2 SATCOM; Link 11. Link 16.
Weapon Control Systems
  • Sperry Mk 92 Mod 12 gun and missile control
  • Radamec 2500 optronic director with TV, laser and IR imager
Helicopters
  • 2 x Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawks or
  • 1 x Seahawk and 1 x Squirrel
Awards
Inherited Battle Honours
Battle Honours
HMAS Melbourne (III) Badge

HMAS Melbourne (III) is one of the Royal Australian Navy's three Adelaide class guided missile frigates (FFG). The ship is a long-range escort prioritised for area air defence and fully capable of surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines. In order to maintain her effectiveness against contemporary threats, the ship underwent a significant upgrade in the mid-2000s. This included upgrades to the combat system, radars, sensors and new missiles.

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 that fully integrates her significant suite of weapons and sensors to enable rapid and effective weapon employment when required.

Designed for helicopter operations, Melbourne (III) is capable of embarking and employing the new MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopter further extending the reach and lethality of the ship. With a full flight embarked, Melbourne (III) can accommodate up to 232 officers and crew.

Melbourne (III) deployed to the Arabian Gulf during 2002 as part of the Multinational Interception Force (MIF) enforcing United Nation's sanctions against Iraq, and again to the Middle East in 2010, 2013 and 2015 as part of the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) promoting maritime security, stability and prosperity in the region.

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'.

Middle East Region Deployments

Contributing to stable, rules-based global security is one of Australia's national objectives. Since 1990, the Royal Australian Navy has conducted maritime security operations in the Middle East region (MER), which remains strategically important to Australia's economic and trade interests.

Rotation No Year Operation
61 2015/2016 Operation MANITOU
56 2013/2014 Operation SLIPPER
52 2012 Operation SLIPPER
48 2010/2011 Operation SLIPPER
29 2003/2004 Operation SLIPPER
21 2002 Operation SLIPPER
13 1999 Operation DAMASK
12 1996 Operation DAMASK