HMAS Toowoomba (II)

Built by Tenix Defence Systems in Williamstown, Victoria, HMAS Toowoomba (II) is the seventh 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 8 October 2005, HMAS Toowoomba is the second RAN ship to bear the name of Queensland’s inland city. HMAS Toowoomba (I) was one of 60 Bathurst Class Minesweeping Corvettes built in Australia during the Second World War as part of the Commonwealth Government’s wartime shipbuilding program.

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 Toowoomba is the fifth Anzac class frigate to undergo 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.


Commanding Officer Commander Jason McBain
Class Anzac Class
Type Frigate, Helicopter (FFH)
  • Air defence
  • Surface and undersea warfare
  • Surveillance
  • Reconnaissance
  • Interdiction
Pennant 151
International callsign VKMQ
Motto Conquer or Die
Home port Fleet Base West
Builder Tenix Defence Systems, Williamstown
Launched 28 June 1996
Commissioned 12 December 1998
Displacement 3600 tonnes
Length 118 metres
Beam 14.8 metres
Draught 4.5 metres
Speed 27 knots
Range 6000 nautical miles
Crew 177
  • 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engine
  • 2 x MTU 12V 1163 diesels driving two controllable pitch propellers
  • 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 IFF
  • 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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