Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Warramunga arrives in Goa, India

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Anzac-lass frigate HMAS Warramunga (FF 152) has arrived at Mormagao Port in Goa, India for a 4-day scheduled port visit.

The crew of the ship will conduct professional and sports interactions with Indian Navy personnel.

During the visit, the commanding officer of Warramunga, Commander Dugald WC Cleveland has called on Rear Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl, Flag Officer Goa Area of the Indian Navy.

Warramunga is on the way to Middle East region for conducting nine-month deployment as part of the Operation Manitou.

Australia routinely commits an RAN vessel and personnel to support the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy, encourage regional cooperation, and promote a safe maritime environment in the Middle East as part of Operation Manitou.

HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152)

HMAS Warramunga is the second Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship to bear the name and is the third Anzac Class Frigate Helicopter (FFH) to be built for the RAN by Tenix Defence Systems in Williamstown, Australia.

Warramunga is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. In 2015, Warramunga was the fourth Anzac Class Frigate to complete 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.

Warramunga 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 five inch (127 mm) gun capable of firing 20 rounds per minute, ship launched Mk 46 torpedoes and a Mk 41 vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow point defence missile.

Warramunga also has eight anti-ship/land attach canister launched harpoon missiles and a vertical launch system for the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. The ship’s other defence systems include the Nulka active missile decoy system, offboard chaff and a torpedo countermeasures system.

HMAS Warramunga, like her sister frigates HMA Ships Anzac, Arunta, Stuart, Parramatta, Ballarat and Toowoomba, 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 6,000 nautical miles at 18 knots.

The ship can embark Navy’s latest multi-role Sikorsky S-70R 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.

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