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HMAS Perth (FFH-157)

Guided-Missile Frigate Warship

Australia | 2006

"HMAS Perth FFH-157 continues to serve the modern Australian Navy service along with seven of her sister hulls."

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The modern Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fields a fleet of over thirty-five primary warships that fulfill requirements in the submarine, destroyer, frigate, mine warfare, OPV, and amphibious assault roles. The collection of guided-missile frigates itself yields eight hulls all built to the ANZAC-class. With the oldest of the series being HMAS ANZAC (FFH-150) itself, the group has four hulls that are twenty-years old or less - the youngest of these being HMAS Perth (FFH-157).

Perth was laid down by Tenix Defence on July 24th, 2003 and launched on march 20th, 2004. Commissioned on August 26th, 2006, she remains in active status today (2022) and currently homeports out of Fleet Base West. She fights under the motto of "Fight and Flourish" and carries nine inherited Battle Stars from hulls in previous service bearing the same name.

The warship displaces 4,200 tons (short) and has a bow-to-stern length of 387 feet, a beam measuring 49 feet, and a draught down to 13 feet. Installed power is comprised of 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine of 30,000 horsepower with 2 x MTU 12V1163TB83 diesel engines developing an additional 8,840 horsepower. With this arrangement, the warship can reach speeds of 27 knots under ideal conditions and range out to 6,000 nautical miles. The configuration is recognized as a COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) propulsion scheme allowing the vessel to switch to either powerplant(s) as needed to achieve fuel economy under dash and cruise actions.

Aboard is a complement of about 170 officers and enlisted. A small air arm is supported for the single Sikorsky MH-60R "Seahawk" helicopter operated from the stern-based helipad with integrated hangar area.

Installed systems include a hull-mounted and towed sonar array unit, the Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V)8 ANZ C/D-band air-search radar, and the CEA Technologies CEAFAR Active, Phased Array Radar (APAR) on S-band. A full electronics and physical countermeasures suite is installed that includes launchable decoys and radar interception.

The armament suite is led by a single 5" Mk 45 Mod 2 turreted deck gun over the forecastle. 2 x Rafael "Mini Typhoon" Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) are installed for point defense. 2 x 4-cell Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles are featured near midships and the hull also embeds the Mk 41 Mod 5 Vertical Launch System (VLS) housing "Sea Sparrow" and "Evolved Sea Sparrow" medium-ranged Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs). Beyond this are 2 x 324mm Mk 32 triple torpedo launchers to contend with surface and undersea threats at range.

For its part in Australian navy history, HMAS Perth was on station in June of 2016 in Middle East waters to compact piracy and drug trafficking actions. Beginning late-2018, she underwent the Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) which modernized some systems to keep her viable into the next decade.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for HMAS Perth (FFH-157).
CODOG (COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas): 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine with 2 x MTU 12V1163TB83 diesel turbines generating 8,840 horsepower.
27.0 kts
31.1 mph
Surface Speed
5,996 nm
6,900 miles | 11,104 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of HMAS Perth (FFH-157).
387.0 ft
117.96 meters
O/A Length
49.0 ft
14.94 meters
13.0 ft
3.96 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of HMAS Perth (FFH-157).
1 x 5" (127mm) Mk 45 Mod 2 turreted deck gun.
2 x 4-cell Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers.
1 x Mk 41 Mod 5 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for "Sea Sparrow" and "Evolved Sea Sparrow" (ESSM) medium-ranged Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs).
2 x Rafael Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) fitting 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of HMAS Perth (FFH-157).
1 x Sikorsky MH-60R "Seahawk" navalized helicopter launched / supported from the stern-based helipad / hangar deck area.
Ships-in-Class (12)
Notable series variants as part of the HMAS Perth (FFH-157) family line as relating to the ANZAC-class group.
HMAS ANZAC (); HMAS Arunta (); HMAS Warramunga (); HMAS Stuart (); HMAS Parramatta (); HMAS Ballarat (); HMAS Toowoomba (); HMAS Perth ()
Global operator(s) of the HMAS Perth (FFH-157). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Tenix Defence (BAe Systems) - Australia
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Image of the HMAS Perth (FFH-157)
Image from the Australian Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

Mission Roles
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