The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac (FFH 150) has departed Fleet Base East, Sydney for a three month deployment to South East Asia.
The ship will visit a number of ports while deployed in order to strengthen relationships and interoperability with some of Australia’s close partners in the region.
Anzac’s Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Devine, noted the importance of the ship’s deployment in reinforcing ties with some of our closest neighbours.
“Among other countries we will be visiting Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, all of which are important diplomatic and economic partners to Australia. Australia also shares a responsibility with these nations for security of the oceanic trade routes between our countries and in the region, so the enhancement of interoperability between our navies is vital,” Commander Devine said.
Among Anzac’s ship’s company are a number of sailors and officers making the first overseas deployment of their Navy careers.
HMAS Anzac (FFH 150)
HMAS Anzac (FFH 150) is the lead ship of the Anzac-class frigates in use with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).
The ship was built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria based on the German Meko 200 frigate design.
Anzac is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
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 (ESSM). Anzac also has eight anti-ship/land attach 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 ship can embark Navy’s latest multi-role Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk helicopter which has enhanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and Search and Rescue (SAR) capabilities.
Entering Australian service in 1996, the frigate operated as part of the INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce in 1999. In 2003, she was involved in the Battle of Al Faw, and became the first RAN ship to fire in anger since the Vietnam War.