HMAS
Yarra
(IV)

HMAS Yarra sits off the coast of Cremorne, Tasmania, during Exercise DUGONG 2015.
Commanding Officer
Class
Huon Class
Type
Role Mine Warfare
Pennant
M 87
International Callsign
VLTH
Motto
Hunt and Strike
Home Port
Builder
ADI Newcastle
Launched
19 January 2002
Commissioned
1 March 2003
Resources
Datasheet
News Articles
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Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 732 tonnes
Length 52.5 metres
Beam 9.9 metres
Draught 3 metres
Performance
Speed 14 knots
Range 1,600 nautical miles
Complement
Crew 46
Propulsion
Machinery
  • 1 x Fincantieri GMT diesel
  • 3 x Isotta Fraschini 1300 diesels
  • 3 x electrohydraulic motors
  • Riva Calzoni retractable/rotatable APUs
Armament
Guns 1 x MSI DS 30B 30mm
Physical Countermeasures
  • 2 x Bofors SUTEC Double-Eagle Mk 2 mine disposal vehicles
  • 2 x MEL Aviation Super Barricade chaff launchers
Electronic Countermeasures AWADI Prism
Radars Kelvin Hughes 1007
Sonars GEC-Marconi Type 2093
Combat Data Systems GEC-Marconi Nautis 2M
Weapon Control Systems Radamec 1400N optronic surveillance system
Awards
Inherited Battle Honours
HMAS Yarra (IV) ships badge

HMAS Yarra (IV), the sixth of six Huon Class minehunters built in Newcastle, Australia was commissioned on 1 March 2003. Like her sister ships, Yarra's unique hull design is shock resistant with a low magnetic and acoustic signature. This allows the ship to operate in hostile mine environments. When mine hunting, propulsion and precision manoeuvrability is achieved using retractable thrusters.

The Ship uses variable depth sonar to search for and prosecute mines. Upon detection, the ship deploys the remotely operated Mine Disposal Vehicle (MDV) or clearance divers to identify and neutralise mines. The MDV, equipped with a searchlight, camera, sonar and disposal charge, is controlled from Ship's operations room.