Hunter Class frigate

BAE System’s Global Combat Ship - Australia will be one of the most advanced anti-submarine warships in the world. The Hunter Class FFGs will be built in Australia by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

The Hunter Class will provide the Australian Defence Force with high levels of lethality and deterrence that major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty. They will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region. The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Incorporating the leading edge Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar and the US Navy’s Aegis combat management system, with an Australian interface developed by Saab Australia, the Hunter Class will be one of the most capable warships in the world.

The first three ships of the Hunter Class will proudly carry the names of three major Australian regions, HMAS Flinders (II), HMAS Hunter, and HMAS Tasman. The class name was specifically chosen for the alternate interpretation of a ‘hunter’ personifying the role of the frigates as a submarine hunter, with the term embodying the pursuit of prey.

The Hunter Class will begin entering service in the early 2030s replacing the 8 Anzac Class frigates, which have been in service since 1996.

Hunter Class fact sheet (PDF 3.2 MB)


Type Frigate, Guided Missile (FFG)
  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Air defence
  • Surface warfare
  • Surveillance and intelligence
  • Interdiction
  • Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
Builder BAE Systems Maritime Australia /ASC Shipbuilding
Displacement Stability Lightship 8,167 tonnes (Feb 23)
Length 149.9 metres
Beam 20.8 metres
Propulsion Combined Diesel Electric or Gas (CODLOG)
Speed 27+ knots (top speed)
Range 7000nm (electric motor drive)
Aircraft 1 x MH-60R helicopter
Company 183 crew not including embarked flight. Accommodation for up to 208