Anzac Class Frigates

 

ANZAC CLASS FRIGATES

 


 

 

 

The ANZAC Class frigates were constructed as part of the overall plan to upgrade the Royal Australian Navy in the 1990s and as replacements for the remaining River Class Destroyer Escorts.

 

Selected in 1989, the ANZAC ship is based on the German Meko 200 Frigate design. Modular construction methods are employed with sections for the ships fabricated in three separate locations - Williamstown in Victoria, Newcastle in New South Wales and Whangarei in New Zealand - prior to final assembly at Williamstown.

 

HMAS ANZAC (pictured above), the lead ship, was commissioned in may 1996 with follow on vessels to be delivered at the rate of approximately one per year. A 'combined diesel or gas' (CODOG) propulsion plant enables the ship to sustain speeds of 27 knots and allows an operational range in excess of 6,000 nautical miles.

 

ANZAC is fitted with an advanced package of air surveillance radars, omni directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems which interface with a state-of-the-art combat data system. Systems fitted include the SPS49 long range air surveillance radar, target indication radar and a missile director that incorporates TV and infra red tracking, a laser range finder and fire control radar. Navigation aids include a Krupp Atlas automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA) and two inertial navigation units interfaced with global positioning system (GPS).

 

ANZAC's main armament comprises of one 5" (127mm) Gun, capable of firing 20 rounds per minute, ship launched torpedos and a mark 41 verticle launch system for the sea sparrow point defence missile. A helicopter is embarked to enhance anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities. Initially an S-70B-2 Seahawk will be carried by ANZAC, however this will be replaced in due course by a new type of intermediate helicopter equipped for surveillance and maritime strike.

 
 
MODULAR DESIGN TECHNIQUE

 

The unique characteristic of this class is its modular design. Blohm + Voss has patented a functional-unit concept of fitting variable weapon, sensor and electronic equipment (plus other ship systems) in modular, standardized containers and pallets.

 

The ship is designed so that it remains open during construction. This gives access routes that allow rapid installation of equipment.

 

The same characteristics dramatically reduces time and cost of the removal and replacement of equipment in subsequent refits and modernizations.

 

 

Legend

 
1. Module M6 - Paint store. Rope Store
2. Module M5 - 127mm Gun Turret, Magazine, Spherion Anti Submarine Sonar, Ventilation module
3. Module A6 - Missile Decoy (chaff launchers), Chart House, RAS Store.
4. Module A5 - Bridge, Ops Room, Electronic Compartments, Fire Control System, Officers Accom.
5. Module A4 - Radar Compartments, Air Intakes, Diving Store
6. Module A3 - Exhaust Uptakes, Sea Sparrow anti-aircraft missile, RAS Store.
7. Modules A1 & A2 - Hangar, Helo Maintenance Workshops, Torpedo Stowage
8. Module M1 - Flight Deck, Dining Rooms, Storerooms, Quarterdeck, Helo Fuel
9. Module M2 - Galley, Accommodation, Diesel Generators, Fuel Tanks
10. Module M3 - LM2500 Gas Turbine, MTU 12V Diesel Engine, Cross Connecting Gearbox, Stabilizers, Fuel Tanks.
11. Module M4 - Accommodation, Diesel Generators, Storerooms, Fuel Tanks.

 

Builder - Tenix Shipbuilding - Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Displacement - 3,600 Tonnes
Length - 118 metres
Beam - 14.8 metres
Armament - One five inch Mk45 Mod2 Automatic rapid fire gun
Mk 41 Verticle Launch System for Sea Sparrow SA missiles
Two Mk32 triple-mounted anti-submarine torpedo tubes
Two .5" machine guns
Aircraft - One S70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter
Machinery - One General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbine, two MTU 12V 1163 Diesels driving two controllable pitch propellers.
Speed - more than 27 knots
Complement - 164 Officers and sailors.

 


 

Pendant No.

Name

Laid Down

Launched

Commissioned

150

ANZAC

NOV93

16SEP94

18MAY96

151

ARUNTA

JUL95

29JUNJ96

NOV97

152

WARRAMUNGA

MAR97

JAN98

NOV99

153

STUART

JAN98

NOV98

NOV2000

154

PARRAMATTA

NOV98

SEP99

NOV2001

155

BALLARAT

SEP99

JUL2000

NOV2002

156

TOOWOOMBA

JUL2000

MAY2001

NOV2003

157

PERTH

MAR2001

MAR2002

NOV2004