The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Adelaide-class guided missile frigate, HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06) arrived alongside Fleet Base East after entering Sydney Harbour for the final time with her ‘paying off’ pennant flying.
The vessel was returning home from its four month deployment. After more than 25 years of service, she will be decommissioned in a ceremony at Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney on Sunday, June 30.
HMAS Newcastle is one of four Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) in service with the Royal Australian Navy. The Adelaide Class is based on the US Navy – Oliver Hazard Perry Design. Newcastle is the youngest of the four frigates and was constructed in Williamstown, Victoria with all previous class modifications incorporated.
Newcastle is named after the City of Newcastle and is the first RAN ship to carry this name.
Newcastle is a long range escort vessel, capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.