Australian warship Parramatta (FFH 154)


This is an Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) referred as HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154).   In total, ten warships of this class were built for the RAN and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) based on the MEKO 200 design. The FFG-154 Parramatta was laid down in 1999, launched in 2003, and commissioned into the RAN in 2003. During her long career, the frigate has been deployed to the Middle East on several occasions.  From early 2015, Parramatta is undergoing upgrades including the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) system.

 

 

  • Sonars: Thomson Sintra Spherion B Mod 5; hull-mounted; active search and attack; medium frequency. Provision for towed array
  • Air search radar: Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V)8 ANZ (C/D-band)
  • Surface search radar: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 TIR (Ericsson Tx/Rx) (G-band)
  • Navigation: Atlas Elektronik 9600 ARPA (I-band)
  • ESM: Racal modified Sceptre A (radar intercept), Telefunken PST-1720 Telegon 10 (comms intercept)
  • Countermeasures: Decoys: G & D Aircraft SRBOC Mk 36 Mod 1 decoy launchers for SRBOC
  • Guns and missiles: 1 × 5 in/54 (127 mm) Mk 45 Mod 2 gun, various machine guns and small arms, 2 × 4 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Mk 41 Mod 5 VLS for Sea Sparrow and Evolved Sea Sparrow
  • Torpedoes: 2 × triple 324 mm Mk 32 Mod 5 tubes
  • Fire control: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 (J-band)
  • Combat data systems: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 Mk 3.Link 11
  • Weapons control: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 optronic director with Raytheon CW Mk 73 Mod 1
  • Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-60 Seahawk

 

Operational Missions:

 

  • In 2005, Parramatta was sent for six months service in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst, returning to Sydney on 13 April 2006.Parramatta was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation in 2007 for her efforts and conduct during this deployment.
  • In December 2011, while deployed to the Middle East, Parramatta provided fuel and food to an Iranian dhow that was adrift off Yemen.
  • In October 2013 participated in the International Fleet Review 2013.
  • In November 2014, Parramatta and sister ship Stuart were deployed to shadow a Russian naval force operating in international waters off Australia during the 2014 G-20 Brisbane summit.

Upgrades

Parramatta has been selected for several upgrades. She was docked in March 2015 to undergo the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade.The upgrade will include the fitting of CEA Technologies’ CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT phased array radars on new masts, a Vampir NG Infrared Search and Track system, and Sharpeye Navigational Radar Systems, along with improvements to theoperations room equipment and layout. As of September 2015, work on the ASMD upgrade was ongoing.


▽ Royal Australian Navy

 

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Frigate Surface Force
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Surface Force

 

HMAS Collins-class Rankin

Submarine Force
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Submarine Force

 

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Amphibious Force
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Amphibious Force

 

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Patrol Force
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Patrol Force

 

HMAS Ballarat

MineHunting Force
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Mine Warfare Force

 

HMAS Stuart

Replenishment and Survey Force
The Australian Navy
Replenishment and Survey Force

 

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Training Ships and other Non-Commissioned Units
The Australian Navy Training Ships
and Other Non-Commissioned Units

▽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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