HMAS Stuart (III) undocks at BAE Henderson Dockyard after undergoing an Anti-ship Missile Defence upgrade.
Commanding Officer
Role Long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
FFH 153
International Callsign
Always Prepared
Home Port
Tenix Defence Systems
Laid Down
25 July 1998
17 April 1999
17 August 2002
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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 diesels driving two controllable pitch propellers
  • Mk 41 vertical launch system with Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles
  • 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 Systems 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
  • Vampir NG infra-red search and track system
Helicopters 1 x S-70B-2 Seahawk or 1 x MH-60R Seahawk
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Stuart (III) Badge

HMAS Stuart (FFH153) is the third ship to bear the same name in the Royal Australian Navy and is the sixth Anzac Class Frigate Helicopter (FFH) of MEKO 200 design to be built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown.

Stuart is a long-range escort capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

Stuart is fitted with an advanced package of air surveillance radars, omni-directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems which interface with a state-of-the-art combat data system. A "combined diesel or gas" (CODOG) propulsion plant enables the ship to sustain speeds of 27 knots and allows an operational range in excess of 6,000 nautical miles.

The ships' main armament comprises one five inch (127 mm) gun capable of firing 20 rounds per minute, ship launched torpedoes and a MK 41 vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow missile. The ship can embark a Seahawk helicopter to enhance 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 torpedoes.

Since commissioning Stuart has participated in boarder protection operations, the apprehension of the North Korean flag bulk carrier the Pong Su and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf as part of the International Coalition against Terrorism in 2004.

Stuart is currently undergoing the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade and is the final Anzac Class frigate to be modified under this programme (Note: Ship specifications on this page reflect the ship's upgraded capability). Once complete, the ASMD upgrade will significantly enhance her capability to operate with, and provide protection to, high value assets such as the new Canberra class amphibious ships.