An aerial photograph of HMAS Anzac berthed at Fleet Base West in Western Australia.
Commanding Officer
Anzac Class
Role Long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
FFH 150
International Callsign
United We Stand
Home Port
Tenix Defence Systems
Laid Down
5 November 1993
16 September 1994
18 May 1996
Dimensions & Displacement
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
  • Mk 41 vertical launch system with Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles
  • Harpoon anti-ship missiles
  • 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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HMAS Anzac (III) is the lead ship 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.

Anzac is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Anzac'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 Anzac during exercises in the Western Australian Exercise Area in February 2016.
HMAS Anzac during exercises in the Western Australian Exercise Area in February 2016.

Anzac 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. 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.

HMAS Anzac, like her sister frigates HMA Ships Arunta, Ballarat, Parramatta, Perth, Stuart, 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 6000 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.

Anzac is the third Royal Australian Navy ship to carry the name of an Australian legend. Named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War, the ANZACs landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula as part of a larger Allied Force on 25 April 1915, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders. The campaign dragged on for a further eight months of hellish trench warfare, giving berth to a legend of endurance, selflessness, dedication to duty and mateship in the most demanding of environments. It is a shared memory of common sacrifice for the nations involved, regardless of nationality or religion, providing an enduring example for the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and Australian's as a whole. Anzac Day is annually commemorated in Australia on 25 April. As such, Anzac (III) proudly bears her name underpinned by the motto, United We Stand.

Aerial photograph of HMAS Anzac sailing near La Reunion during the NORTHERN TRIDENT 2005 deployment.
Aerial photograph of HMAS Anzac sailing near La Reunion during the NORTHERN TRIDENT 2005 deployment.

In maintaining a close link with the rich traditions of the Anzac spirit, during the NORTHERN TRIDENT 2005 deployment, Anzac visited Anzac Cove, Gallipoli for the 90th Anniversary of the landings. In company with warships of Britain, France and Turkey, Anzac provided a stunning backdrop to the official dawn service ceremony while some members of her crew participated in the services ashore. During NORTHERN TRIDENT 2005, Anzac celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in the UK as part of the International Fleet Review.

Anzac has been granted freedom of entry to the City of Albany, Western Australia, the departure port for the ANZACs of old and also has a close association with the City of Rockingham. The Warnbro High School, near her home port, has established the 'HMAS Anzac Learning Centre' that promotes the education of our Navy and the history of Australia's most costly war.

Other notable events Anzac participated in have included deployments to the Arabian Gulf, culminating in Naval Gunfire Support of British Royal Marines landings on Al Faw Peninsula, Iraq in 2003. Anzac has also successfully contributed to Fisheries Protection, Border Protection and Maritime Rescue Operations through her years of service.

In 2015 Anzac participated in NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015, where she took part in the commemorative events for the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

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 upgrade was performed by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance and included the replacement of the Long Range Air search radar, IFF (Identification, Friend or Foe) and secondary surveillance radar capabilities. Anzac also underwent a platform systems obsolescence program to improve platform reliability and maintainability. Work was also performed to improve the ship’s habitability for the crew as well as an upgrade to the ship’s communications systems to resolve a number of obsolescence issues.

In May 2020, HMAS Anzac returned to her home port of Fleet Base West where she will begin conducting post-AMCAP sea trails, work-ups and testing the new equipment on-board.

An aerial photograph of HMAS Anzac (left) berthed alongside HMAS Arunta at Fleet Base West in Western Australia.
An aerial photograph of HMAS Anzac (left) berthed alongside HMAS Arunta at Fleet Base West in Western Australia.

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 Anzac (III) 53 2012/2013 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Anzac (III) 40 2007 Operation CATALYST
HMAS Anzac (III) 23 2002/2003 Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Anzac (III) 14 2001 Operation DAMASK