HMAS
Stuart
(III)

HMAS Stuart conducts a security patrol amongst the offshore gas rigs in the Bass Strait.
Commanding Officer
Class
Anzac
Type
Role Long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
Pennant
FFH 153
International Callsign
VKCK
Motto
Always Prepared
Home Port
Builder
Tenix Defence Systems
Laid Down
25 July 1998
Launched
17 April 1999
Commissioned
17 August 2002
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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 diesels driving two controllable pitch propellers
Armament
Missiles
  • Mk 41 vertical launch system with Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles
  • Harpoon anti-ship missiles
Guns
  • 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
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
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Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Stuart (III) Badge

HMAS Stuart (III) is the fourth of eight Anzac class frigates built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria for the Royal Australian Navy. The design is based on the German Meko 200 frigate.

Stuart is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Stuart'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 Stuart during undocking at BAE Henderson Dockyard after completing the Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade.
HMAS Stuart during undocking at BAE Henderson Dockyard after completing the Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade.

Stuart 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. Stuart 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 Stuart fires the Mark 45 Mod II five-inch gun towards a target at Beecroft Weapons Range.
HMAS Stuart fires the Mark 45 Mod II five-inch gun towards a target at Beecroft Weapons Range.

HMAS Stuart, like her sister frigates HMA Ships Anzac, Arunta, Ballarat, Parramatta, Perth, 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.

HMAS Stuart conducts a security patrol amongst the offshore gas rigs in the Bass Strait as she heads from Perth to Sydney.
HMAS Stuart conducts a security patrol amongst the offshore gas rigs in the Bass Strait as she heads from Perth to Sydney.

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

HMAS Stuart (FFH153) is the third ship to bear the same name in the Royal Australian Navy.

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 Stuart (III) 49 2011 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Stuart (III) 46 2009/2010 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Stuart (III) 42 2008 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Stuart (III) 30 2004 Operation SLIPPER