Australian warship Toowoomba (FFH 156)


This frigate is the seventh Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and referred as HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156). She was laid down in 2002 and later commissioned in 2005. Among the several missions, Toowoomba was deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Slipper in 2007. Her second deployment to the Middle East occurred during the second half of 2009.  Finally, as part of this operative, she became the first RAN vessel to operate with the counter-piracy Combined Task Force 151.

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HMAS Toowoomba FFH-156 is underway near the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during coalition maritime operations.

 

  • 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 × S70B-2 Seahawk

 

Operational Missions:

 

  • Toowoomba hit a navigation marker off Gladstone in March 2006 and was repaired at Williamstown, Victoria.
  • Toowoomba began her first deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) as part of Operation Slipper on 4 January 2007.
  • On 18 June 2008, the frigate became the first RAN warship to fire an MU90 Impact anti-submarine torpedo, after they replaced the American Mark 46 anti-submarine torpedoes originally fitted.
  • In June 2009, Toowoomba sailed from Fleet Base West, Western Australia to embark upon the ship’s second MEAO deployment.
  • On 20 September 2009, Toowoomba responded to a call for assistance from the merchant vessel BBC Portugal, and successfully prevented an act of high-seas piracy.
  • Toowoomba returned to Fleet Base West on 7 December 2009, having been relieved in the MEAO by HMAS Stuart.
  • In early April 2013, Toowoomba operated with the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group Three in the South China Sea.
  • In late March 2014, Toowoomba was pulled from asylum seeker patrols and directed to join the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, allowing HMAS Success to return to port for replenishment.

Upgrades

Several upgrades have been implemented for the Frigrate Toowoomba. She has be docked in October 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 the operations room equipment and layout.


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MineHunting Force
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Replenishment and Survey Force
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Replenishment and Survey Force

 

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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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