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Posted on 01 October 2012


Prepared by Adam Baddeley

The number of ships being inducted into navies throughout the region continues to rise with additional, new capabilities being fielded for the first time. This is occurring as tensions arise throughout East Asia over disputed islands and EEZs which has seen the mighty China matched against the Philippines and Japan while in South Asia, India’s naval aspirations dwarf those of neighbouring Pakistan and now instead compete with those of China.

As with all AMR Directories, this one has also been compiled from a range of open sources from around the world, AMR’s correspondents and discussions with industry and military personnel throughout the year. AMR would like to thank those who have scratched their heads and provided answers to our questions. We would therefore like to encourage readers over the next twelve months who can add information to either contact us in person at the year’s shows and exhibitions or by e-mail.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat during an exercise with the US Navy. It is one of eight Anzac class ships to receive the ASMD upgrade©DoD

Royal Australian Navy
 Destroyers
3 Ordered Hobart Air Warfare Destroyers; based on modified Navantia F-100 design estimated cost A$8 billion and due to enter service in 2016- 19, two years late

 Frigates
8 ANZAC class (Meko); ASMD Upgrade to include ESSM, CEFAR, MU90, 9LV MK3E, Vampir
IRST first launch of Harpoon Block II in June 4 Adelaide (FFG-7); upgraded with SM-
2 Block IIIA and ESSM in Mk 41 VLS since 2010

 Submarines
6 Collins class 12 Planned Future Submarine; decision in 2016-18 estimated cost
A$40 billion

 Minewarfare
6 Huon class (Gaeta); commissioned from 1999-2003

 Replenishment and Support
1 Success AOR (Durance class); being replaced under Project 1654 Phase 3
1 Sirius tanker
1 Planned Cantabria; deal signed in July 2012 for lease with Spanish Navy Crew from
February to November 2013

 Amphibious
6 Balikpapan LCH; CNIM proposed 44m L-CAT for replacement
1 Tobruk LSH; in long term series of repairs
2 Canberra class; Canberra hull underway to Australia, Adelaide hull launched
in July 2012. Will be equipped with 12 Navantia LCM-1E LCU
1 Choules; former HMS Largs Bay, under repair until at least December 2012 after
generator failure
1 ADV Ocean Shield; interim solution until LHDs come into service, to be transferred
to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in 2016

 Light Forces
14 Armidale PB; Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
8 Ordered Cape-class; Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Armidale
successor first of class laid down in July 2012

Notes: The cost of replacements for the Royal Australian Navy’s six Huon-class minehunters and two hydrographic ships has risen significantly under latest plans. Cantabria may be acquired to replace
HMAS Sirius and HMAS Success. All eight Anzacs will now receive the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) as part of a project SEA 1448. First Pass approval for the Deployable MCM – Organic Mine Counter Measures (Project SEA 1778Phase 1) programme in June 2012.

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