HMAS Anzac (III)

Built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria, HMAS Anzac (III) is the lead ship of eight Anzac Class frigates based on the German Meko 200 frigate. Anzac Class is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.

Commissioned on 18th May 1996, Anzac is the third Royal Australian Navy ship to carry the name of an Australian legend. Anzac was granted freedom of entry to the City of Albany, Western Australia, the departure port for the ANZACs of old, and has a close association with the City of Rockingham.

The Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade program significantly improved combat capabilities, providing enhanced sensor and weapons systems capabilities. The upgrade included 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.

The ships are fitted with air and surface surveillance radars, omni-directional hull-mounted sonar, and electronic support systems that interface with the 9LV453 Mk3E combat data system. These systems 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. Anzac also has eight anti-ship/land attack canister launched harpoon missiles. The ship's other defence systems include the Nulka active missile decoy system, offboard chaff and a torpedo countermeasures system.

The frigates feature 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 6000 nautical miles at 18 knots.

The frigates also allow Navy's multi-role MH-60R Seahawk helicopter to launch from the ship, providing enhanced anti-submarine and 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 Anzac is the second Anzac class frigate to complete the Anzac Mid-Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia. The AMCAP upgrade involved:

  • replacement of Long Range Air search radar
  • IFF (identification, friend or foe)
  • secondary surveillance radar capabilities
  • improvements to platform reliability and maintainability
  • habitability for the crew
  • improvements to communications systems.

Specifications

Commanding Officer Commander Barton Harrington
Class Anzac Class
Type Frigate, Helicopter (FFH)
Role
  • Air defence
  • Surface and undersea warfare
  • Surveillance
  • Reconnaissance
  • Interdiction
Pennant 150
International callsign VKNG
Motto United We Stand
Home port Fleet Base West
Builder Tenix Defence Systems
Laid down 5 November 1993
Launched 16 September 1994
Commissioned 18 May 1996
Displacement 3600 tonnes
Length 118 metres
Beam 14.8 metres
Draught 4.5 metres
Speed 27 knots
Range 6000 nautical miles
Crew 177
Machinery
  • 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engine
  • 2 x MTU 12V 1163 diesels driving two controllable pitch propellers
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 IFF
Sonars
  • Thomson Sintra Spherion
  • Thales UMS 5424 Petrel Mine and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar
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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Function

Helicopter frigate