Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR June 2016 Contents Mrs Green, who launched HMAS
PARRAMATTA on 17 June 2000, is the
daughter of LT GW Langford who was
Executive Officer of the World War II Australian ship
HMAS PARRAMATTA. Sadly he was one of the 138
sailors lost on 27 November 1941 when his vessel was
torpedoed while escorting an ammunition resupply
vessel from Alexandria to Tobruk,
HMAS TOOWOOMBA is already part way through
this process on the BAE Systems hard stand, with
HMAS STUART due to join it in early May.
Much of the equipment and operating systems
are removed from each ship which is then rebuilt
in an overall program that has taken several years.
The expectation is that the whole program will be
completed on time and to cost by mid-2017 – by which
time all eight will be equipped with the very distinctive
mast mounted CEA digital active phased array radar
system that is at the heart of the project.
The upgraded frigates will complement the Hobart
Class AWDs in defending high value escorted vessels,
especially the LHDs and forthcoming supply ships.
While the AWDs possess long-range defensive
missiles, the upgraded ANZACs will be able to offer
an inner screen of defence.
The current ANZAC upgrade and refit program
includes implementation of the anti-shipping missile
defence (ASMD) capability, engineering changes
and maintenance activities which takes approximately
600,000 hours per ship. Around 30 local and national
subcontractors, and more than 100 small-to-medium
enterprise suppliers, are involved with the 10,000
components ordered for work being conducted in 171
of 182 compartments on board.
The statistics on consumed materials per vessel are
staggering – 28 km of electrical cable, 4000 square
metres of alloy plate, 375 km of welding wire, 28
tonnes of old paint removed, being replaced inside and
out by 12000 litres of new paint.
Under the ASMD program, as well as receiving new
radars, each ship’s combat management system is
being upgraded by Saab and a new Sagem infrared
search and track system introduced, together with
a new dual navigation radar. At the same time as
each ship is receiving its upgrade, a number of
other significant engineering and structural changes
that are unique to each vessel are also being made.
These include enclosing the quarter deck, extra crew
berths, galley refurbishment and modifications to
accommodate MH-60R combat helicopters.
For data interchange with other ADF and coalition
elements, LINK 16 capability is being added during
the upgrade and refit. Link 16 is a US and allied
government-backed system for transmitting broadband,
jam-resistant, secure data and voice across a variety of
sea, air, and ground-based platforms.
APDR discussed the ANZAC/ASMD program with
a number of ser ving naval officers attending the
HMAS PARRAMATTA undocking and all spoke with
expressed satisfaction on the new and upgraded
DETECTION AND NEUTRALISATION OF
Incoming anti-shipping missiles can be fired from
shore batteries, aircraft or opposing ships. They may
arrive either via ballistics trajectories; guided and
self-propelled kinetic projectiles; or as sea-skimming
missiles capable of elusive tracks at wave height which
can be extremely difficult to detect.
These missiles may have supersonic speeds,
low electro-magnetic signatures, radical terminal
GEOFF SLOCOMBE / VICTORIA
ANZAC FRIGATE UPGRADE PROGRAM
On 19 April the original commissioning lady of the ANZAC Class frigate HMAS PARRAMATTA, Mrs Jill Green, cut the ribbon to
release the sixth ANZAC frigate from the BAE Systems hard stand back into the water for the final part of its 12 month upgrade and
refit program, which will be complete after harbour acceptance and test trials. The refit has been carried out – like all of the others –
in the company’s Henderson, Western Australia, shipyard.
HMAS Parramatta undocking after her Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade at BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard, Western
Australia. mCoA / Lee-Anne Mack
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