Australian warship Stuart (FFH 153)


 

This HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) frigate is one of the units that belong to the Anzac-class. She was built at Williamstown in Victoria, and commissioned into the RAN in 2002. The frigate is fully operational as of 2015.

 

 

 a beautiful shot of the Australian Navy ship HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) pulls into Pearl harbor for a scheduled port call before starting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Eight nations are participating in RIMPAC, the world's largest biennial maritime exercise. Conducted in the waters off Hawaii, RIMPAC brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

a beautiful shot of the Australian Navy ship HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) pulls into Pearl harbor for a scheduled port call before starting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Eight nations are participating in RIMPAC, the world’s largest biennial maritime exercise. Conducted in the waters off Hawaii, RIMPAC brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

  • 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 × Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahaw

 

Operational Missions:

 

  • In April 2003, Stuart was used to capture Pong Su, a North Korean-owned freighter involved in drug smuggling operations.
    •  Accompanied by two police launches, Stuart intercepted Pong Su 90 nautical miles (170 km; 100 mi) off Sydney on 20 April.
  • In 2004, Stuart was deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst.
  • Stuart arriving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 2006 shortly before participating in that year’s RIMPAC training exercise
  • In February 2006, fire broke out about HMNZS Te Mana, Stuart ’​s sister ship, during an exercise off the coast of Australia. Te Mana ’​s Seasprite helicopter was diverted to Stuart, while the fire was put out by the crew.
  • On the morning of 13 March 2009, Stuart was one of seventeen warships involved in a ceremonial fleet entry and fleet review in Sydney Harbour, the largest collection of RAN ships since the Australian Bicentenary in 1988.
  • On 22 March 2011, while operating off Somalia as part of Combined Task Force 151, Stuart machine-gunned an unmanned skiff being towed by MV Sinar Kudus, a hijacked cargo carrier operating as a pirate mother ship.The skiff was destroyed. This was the first time an Australian warship had fired in anger at Somali pirates.
  • On 11 April 2011, Stuart interdicted the Yemeni-flagged dhow named Al Shahar 75. A boarding party from the frigate rescued three crew members being held hostage, while the fifteen Somali pirates, who had surrendered as Stuart approached, were allowed to return to their skiff and sail to shore after their weapons and equipment were disposed of.
  • In October 2013 participated in the International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
  • In November 2014, Stuart and sister ship Parramatta were deployed to shadow a Russian naval force operating in international waters off Australia during the 2014 G-20 Brisbane summit.The Russian deployment was believed to be in response to troubled recent relationships between the two nations.[28]

Upgrades

 

  • It was decided that the Stuart will be the last ship of the Anzac class 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 the operations room equipment and layout.
  • Work will commence sometime in 2016, and is due to be completed by 2017.

 


▽ Royal Australian Navy

 

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Frigate Surface Force
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Surface Force

 

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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

 

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MineHunting Force
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Mine Warfare Force

 

HMAS Stuart

Replenishment and Survey Force
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Replenishment and Survey Force

 

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Training Ships and other Non-Commissioned Units
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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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