Australian Warship Melbourne (FFG 05)

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This guided missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05), is an Adelaide-class vessel that is operated by the Royal Australian Navy since 1992. This frigate and the Newcastle were built by  the AMECON, Williamstown.

The initial designed armament for the frigate was a Mark 13 missile launcher configured to fire RIM-66 Standard and RGM-84 Harpoon missiles, supplemented by an OTO Melara 76-millimetre (3.0 in) gun. It also had  a Vulcan Phalanx point-defence system. After upgrades in 2000’s FFG Upgrade Project, an eight-cell Mark 41 Vertical Launch System was installed, with a payload of RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles.


  • 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 Melbourne in 2013 (FFG_05 Frigate)

HMAS Melbourne in 2013 (FFG_05 Frigate). Source credit: Nick-D


Operational Missions:

    • In 1996, the frigate was deployed to the Persian Gulf.
    • Melbourne was deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from 20 January to 23 February 2000.
    • In 2002, Melbourne participated in the third rotation of RAN ships to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Slipper, where she enforced United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
    • In 2003, the ship returned to Iraqi waters in support of Operation Catalyst, protecting Iraqi territorial waters following Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    • On 16 August 2010, Melbourne was deployed to the Middle East for the third time, again as part of Operation Slipper.
    • Between 5 and 7 February 2014, while deployed off Tanzania, Melbourne seized and destroyed 575 kilograms (1,268 lb) of heroin from smuggling vessels.



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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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