HMAS
Parramatta
(IV)

HMAS Parramatta makes a hard turn in the waters of Yap, Micronesia.
Commanding Officer
Class
Anzac Class
Type
Role Long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
Pennant
FFH 154
International Callsign
VKMN
Motto
Strike Deep
Home Port
Builder
Tenix Defence Systems
Laid Down
5 June 1999
Launched
17 June 2000
Launched by
Mrs Jill Langford Green, daughter of LEUT G W A Langford, XO HMAS Parramatta (II) 1941.
Commissioned
4 October 2003
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Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 3,600 tonnes
Length 118 metres
Beam 14.8 metres
Draught 4.5 metres
Performance
Speed 27 knots
Range 6,000 nautical miles
Complement
Crew 177
Propulsion
Machinery
  • 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engine
  • 2 x MTU 12V 1163 diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers
Armament
Missiles
  • Mk41 vertical launch system with Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles
  • Harpoon anti-ship missiles
Guns
  • 1 x 5 inch (127mm) Mk45 Mod 2 automatic 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
Radars
  • Raytheon SPS-49(V)8 ANZ
  • CEAFAR active phased array
  • Kelvin Hughes Sharp Eye
  • CEAMOUNT illuminators
  • Saab Systems Ceros 200
  • Cossor AIMS Mk XII
Sonars
  • Thomson Sintra Spherion
  • Thales UMS 5424 Petrel
Combat Data Systems Saab Systems 9LV453 Mk3E
Electro-optic Systems
  • Saab Systems Ceros 200
  • Vampir NG infra-red search and track system
Helicopters 1 x MH-60R Seahawk
Awards
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Parramatta (IV) Badge

HMAS Parramatta (IV) is the fifth of eight Anzac class frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy by Tenix Marine Systems, Williamstown, Victoria. The design is based on the German Meko 200 frigate.

Parramatta is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Anzac's combat capabilities have been significantly improved under the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade program, a world class program that provides an enhanced sensor and weapons systems capability. The upgrade showcases Australian design and integration capability, with new Phased Array Radar technology designed by CEA Technologies in Canberra, upgrades to combat systems performed by Saab Systems in South Australia, and platform integration design by BAE Systems in Victoria.

HMAS Parramatta undocking after her Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade at BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia.
HMAS Parramatta undocking after her Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade at BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia.

Parramatta is fitted with an advanced package of air and surface surveillance radars; omni-directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems that 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 Mark 45 capable of firing 20 rounds per minute, ship launched Mark 46 torpedoes and a Mark 41 vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow missile. Parramatta also has eight anti-ship/land attach canister launched harpoon missiles and a vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. The ship's other defence systems include the Nulka active missile decoy system, offboard chaff and a torpedo countermeasures system.

HMAS Parramatta's seaboats speed away from the ship in the waters of Yap, Micronesia.
HMAS Parramatta's seaboats speed away from the ship in the waters of Yap, Micronesia.

HMAS Parramatta, like her sister frigates HMA Ships Anzac, Arunta, Ballarat, Perth, Stuart, Toowoomba and Warramunga features a "combined diesel or gas" (CODOG) propulsion plant which 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 Navy's latest multi-role Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk helicopter which has enhanced anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and Search and Rescue capabilities. Embarkation of a helicopter also provides the ship with the capability to deliver air-launched missiles and torpedoes.

LSPT James Farquhar (left) and LSATV Dean Havelin marshal the embarked MH-60R Seahawk over the flight deck of HMAS Parramatta as it winches crew members aboard.
LSPT James Farquhar (left) and LSATV Dean Havelin marshal the embarked MH-60R Seahawk over the flight deck of HMAS Parramatta as it winches crew members aboard.

Parramatta is the oldest ship name in the Australian Navy and is the fourth RAN ship to bear the name. HMAS Parramatta (I) was the first ship commissioned into the Commonwealth Naval Forces (later to be named the Royal Australian Navy) on 10 September 1910. HMAS 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. HMAS Parramatta (III) was a River Class Destroyer Escort that served between 1961 and 1991.

FSS Independence steams alongside HMAS Parramatta as HMAS Parramatta's embarked MH-60R Helicopter 'Warlock' flies between the two ships in the waters of Yap, Micronesia.
FSS Independence steams alongside HMAS Parramatta as HMAS Parramatta's embarked MH-60R Helicopter 'Warlock' flies between the two ships in the waters of Yap, Micronesia.

Ship's Badge

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".

Badge Description

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.

HMAS Parramatta fires a round from their 5-inch, Mk45 gun off the east coast of Australia.
HMAS Parramatta fires a round from their 5-inch, Mk45 gun off the east coast of Australia.

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.

Ship Rotation No Year Operation
HMAS Parramatta (IV) 51 2011/2012 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Parramatta (IV) 47 2010 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Parramatta (IV) 43 2008 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Parramatta (IV) 35 2005/2006 Operation SLIPPER