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BAE Systems completes mid-life upgrade of Anzac class frigate HMAS Stuart.

| 2023

According to information published by BAE Systems on March 6, 2023, the Anzac class frigate HMAS Stuart is now back in the water after completing the Anzac Mid-life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Australian Anzac class frigate HMAS Stuart. (Picture source: BAE Systems)

HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) is an Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy. This frigate was built at Williamstown in Victoria and commissioned into the RAN in 2002.

She has a displacement of 3,600 tonnes at full load and measures 118 meters in length and 15 meters in width, with a draught of 4 meters. The ship is powered by a General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine providing 30,000 horsepower, along with two MTU 12v 1163 TB83 diesel engines providing 8,840 horsepower. Its top speed is 27 knots, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 18 knots. The frigate carries a crew of approximately 170 sailors.

HMAS Stuart is equipped with a range of sensors and processing systems, including a Thomson Sintra Spherion B Mod 5 hull-mounted sonar for active search and attack, a Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V)8 ANZ air search radar, a CelsiusTech 9LV 453 TIR (Ericsson Tx/Rx) surface search radar, and an Atlas Elektronik 9600 ARPA navigation system.

Electronic warfare and decoy systems include Racal modified Sceptre A and Telefunken PST-1720 Telegon 10 ESM interceptors, and G & D Aircraft SRBOC Mk 36 Mod 1 decoy launchers.

The ship's armament includes a 5 inch/54 (127mm) Mk 45 Mod 2 gun, various machine guns and small arms, 2 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, a Mk 41 Mod 5 VLS for Sea Sparrow and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles, and 2 triple 324 mm Mk 32 Mod 5 torpedo tubes.

The frigate is also equipped with a CelsiusTech 9LV 453 combat data system and an optronic director for weapons control. She can carry one Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter.

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