Australian Warship Darwin FFG 04

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The Royal Australian Navy operates three Adelaide-class guided missile frigates. One of them is the HMAS Darwin (FFG 04). In total, six frigates of the same class were operated by the RAN, but three of them have been retired.  Among these six units, she was one of four ships ordered from the United States at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Darwin entered service in 1984. The other three and retired units are: Adelaide (FFG 01), Canberra (FFG 02), Sydney (FFG 03).

HMAS Darwin FFG 04 Badge

HMAS Darwin FFG 04 Badge

  • Displacement: 4,100 tons
  • Length: 138.1 m (453 ft) overall
  • Beam: 13.7 m (45 ft)
  • Draught: 7.5 m (25 ft)
  • Propulsion:
    2 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 41,000 horsepower (31,000 kW), 1 shaft
    2 × 650-horsepower (480 kW) auxiliary propulsors
  • Speed: 29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph)
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • Complement: 184 (including 15 officers, not including aircrew)
  • Sensors and processing systems:
    AN/SPS-49 air search radar
    AN/SPS-55 surface search and navigation radar
    SPG-60 fire control radar (Mark 92 fire control system)
    AN/SQS-56 hull-mounted sonar
  • Armament:
    1 × Mark 13 Missile Launcher for Harpoon and Standard missiles
    1 × 8-cell Mark 41 VLS with Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles
    2 × Mark 32 torpedo tubes
    1 × OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun
    1 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
    Up to 6 x 12.7-millimetre (0.50 in) machine guns
    2 × M2HB .50 calibre Mini Typhoons (fitted as required)
  • Aircraft carried: 2 helicopters

HMAS Darwin FFG 04

HMAS Darwin FFG 04

Operational Missions:


  • During her career, Darwin has been deployed to the Persian Gulf on five occasions: during 1990, 1991, 1992, 2002, and 2004.
  • Darwin was deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from 19 September to 3 November 1999.
  • The ship was deployed to the Solomon Islands in 2001.
  • Darwin underwent a major upgrade and refit at Garden Island during 2007 and 2008; returning to service prior to November 2008.
  • On the morning of 13 March 2009, Darwin was one of seventeen warships involved in a ceremonial fleet entry and fleet review in Sydney Harbour. The frigate did not participate in the fleet entry, but was anchored in the harbour for the review.
  • Following an overhaul of the RAN battle honours system, Darwin was granted three battle honours in 2010: “East Timor 1999″, “Persian Gulf 2003-03″, and “Iraq 2003″.
  • In October 2013 Darwin participated in the International Fleet Review 2013

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▽Warships in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

Frigate surface Force (11): The principal striking force of the RAN comes from the eleven frigates of the surface force: eight of them belong to the Anzac class and the rest (three) are units from the Adelaide class.

Submarine Striking Force (6): The RAN operates six Collins-class submarines. Due to technical and manpower problems these submarines might be replaced in the future by Japanese Soryu-class submarines.

Amphibious Force (3): There are a huge variety of amphibious warfare units, which include two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ships and the landing ship HMAS Choules.

Patrol Boat Force (13): There are thirteen Armidale-class patrol boats that perform coastal and economic exclusion zone patrols.

Mine Hunting and Warfare Force (4 + 2 in reserve):
There are four Huon-class vessels that are used for minehunting and clearance (another two are commissioned but in reserve since October 2011).

Replenishment Force (2 + 6 survey duties):
The task for replenishment at sea is provided by two ships, Sirius and Success. In addition, there are two Leeuwin-class and four Paluma-class vessels perform survey and charting duties.

Training Units (1 + 1 support vessel + 2 patrol boats):
The RAN operates the sail training ship Young Endeavour, the support vessel ADV Ocean Shield, and two Cape-class patrol boats. The latter ones are acquired thanks to the Australian Border Force.

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