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Destroyer escort to be modernised

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1979. NO. 17/79


The second of the Royal Australian Navy1s

destroyer escorts to undergo half-life refit and

modernisation will leave Sydney on Monday for the

Williamstown Naval Dockyard in Melbourne.

HMAS Stuart will spend the next 28-months having

new equipment installed and her old equipment replaced.

The most obvious changes during the ship1s

modernisation will be:

. Re-siting of the LW02 radar aerial from its

present masthead position to a position

further aft and lower down.

. Replacement of the MRS 3 Gun Fire Control

System Director with the M22 Gun Fire Control

System radar "golf-ball" dome; and redesigned

mast and funnel.

. Changes in the ship's underwater armament.

. Improved underwater detection systems.

. New havigational radar, direction finding

equipment and an improved echo sounder.

At Williamstown Naval Dockyard HMAS Stuart will

join her sister ship, HMAS Parramatta, which is expected to

complete her half-life refit and modernisation about March

next year.



Three other destroyer escorts, HMAS Derwent, I

HMAS Swan and HMAS Torrens are scheduled to commence half­

life refits or modernisations during the next four years.

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Further Inquiries: Mr Noel Tanswell 65 2999 (office hours) 48 0476 (after hours)