HMAS Parramatta (IV)
|Role||Long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.|
Tenix Defence Systems
5 June 1999
17 June 2000
Mrs Jill Langford Green, daughter of LEUT G W A Langford, XO HMAS Parramatta (II) 1941.
4 October 2003
|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 Parramatta (IV) is the fifth of eight Anzac class frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy by Tenix Marine Systems, Williamstown, Victoria.
Parramatta (IV) is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Parramatta 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.
Parramatta is the oldest ship name in the Australian Navy and is the fourth RAN ship to bear the name. Parramatta (I) was the first ship commissioned into the Commonwealth Naval Forces (later to be named the Royal Australian Navy) on 10 September 1910. Parramatta (II) served in World War II and was sunk by a German submarine in the Mediterranean on 27 November 1941 with the loss of 138 lives. Parramatta (III) was a River Class Destroyer Escort that served between 1961 and 1991.
The HMAS Parramatta badge design was derived from the Parramatta City Council Seal in 1939. The badge of Parramatta (I) (1916-1928) was a stark Kangaroo. The Aboriginal, with spear in hand, standing in shallow water was utilised with the addition of an impaled and entwined eel on the end of the spear. The addition of the eel was to link the badge design with the ship's name. The aboriginal translation of "Parramatta" means "the place where the eels lie down".
An Aboriginal poised on his right leg immersed in shallow water; right arm raised holding a spear and thereon impaled and entwined an eel.
Badge Motto and Origin
"STRIKE DEEP". The motto "Strike Deep" was suggested by one of the stand-by crew of Parramatta (III) in 1960. The motto was thought to be appropriate in linking the badge design and Parramatta's naval role. It was officially adopted 13 June 1961.
"Argent; An Australian Aboriginal Poised On The Dexter Foot Immersed In Water, Dexter Arm Raised Holding A Spear And Thereon Impaled An Eel All Proper".