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Australia's newest warship is commissioned in Sydney.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon. Robert Hill Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

16 Aug 2002 MIN 415/02

MEDIA RELEASE

Australia’s newest warship is commissioned in Sydney

Defence Minister Robert Hill will attend the commissioning of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest Anzac frigate in Sydney tomorrow.

The HMAS Stuart is the fourth of eight Anzac ships that are being constructed in Australia for the Navy. The HMAS Anzac was the first to be commissioned in May 1996 and the HMAS Perth will be the last to be commissioned in October 2006.

The Stuart is the first warship of its class to be commissioned and home-ported in Sydney.

"The Anzac ships are highly modern, multi-role frigates that undertake a number of important tasks including surveillance and patrol, protection of shipping and strategic areas, naval gunfire support in support of the Army, regional disaster relief and search and rescue," Senator Hill said.

Senator Hill said the frigates’ surface and sub-surface warfare capabilities would be further enhanced with the installation of Harpoon surface-to-surface missile capability, which will be produced this financial year and enter into service in 2004.

Other enhancements being considered under the Anzac Ship Alliance, a long term alliance contract signed in July 2001 by Defence, Tenix Defence Systems and Saab Systems for development of all future Anzac ships capability change packages, include a further mine and obstacle avoidance sonar and torpedo self-defence system.

The $5.279 billion Anzac ship project, which is proceeding on time and on budget, has provided significant employment and business opportunities across Australia, with around 600 companies involved in the provision of equipment and services to the project’s prime contractor, Tenix Defence Systems.

 

MEDIA NOTE: Senator Hill will be available for interview after the ceremony at Fleet Base East on Cowper Wharf Road in Woolloomooloo, which commences at 11:00am.

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Minister’s office Sascha Meldrum 0409 201 126