FFG 04 HMAS Darwin

AU Royal Australian Navy

1984 - US US Navy - Oliver Hazard Perry long-hull class FFG-44 built in USA for Australia as HMAS Darwin    

1984 to 2017    


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Flight Deck: 04
Call Sign: VKDA


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History of US Oliver Hazard Perry long-hull class FFG-44 built in USA for Australia as HMAS Darwin

1981-jul-3Laid downas FFG-44
1982-mar-26LaunchedUSTodd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle
1984-jul-21Commissionedat Seattle, into RAN

History of AU FFG 04 HMAS Darwin

1986-oct-4Port Visit Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN Present at 75th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review.
1991DeploymentPersian Gulf Operation Desert Shield/Storm First Gulf War with Seahawk 78
2006-apr-7Homeportrelocated from Fleet Base West (Perth) to Fleet Base East (Sydney).
2013-oct-3Port VisitHMAS Kuttabul IFR 2013 International Fleet Review Sydney 2013 Present at 100th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review
2014-jan-19Deploymentdeparted Fleet Base East for 7 month maritime security and counter terrorism deployment to Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean as part of Operation Slipper.
2014-marDeploymentGulf of Aden Operation Manitou Combined Task Force 150 operating around Gulf of Aden
2015-dec-30DeploymentGulf of Aden Operation Manitou departed Fleet Base West for 6 month deployment to Middle East region to support CTF mission. Returned to Fleet Base East on 17 Jul 2016.
2016-mar-14Port VisitOMMuscat Arrived in Muscat, for rest and replenishment visit, with S-70B from HS-816 Flight 5 embarked
2016-nov-14DeploymentNZoff Kaikoura Kaikoura Earthquake relief operations diverted from Auckland to assist in earthquake relief off Kaikoura, due 16 Nov.
2016-nov-20Port VisitNZWellington Harbour visited Wellington, en route Auckland
2016-nov-21NEWS Canadians Ends Relief Operation in New Zealand
2017-dec-9DecommissionedHMAS Kuttabul in Sydney



    from Adelaide class
4100full load (tn)
139length (m)
14beam (m)
6.70draught (m)
4500range (nm)
29max speed (knots)
41000power (shp)
2Naval Engine gas turbine - General Electric LM2500
1Missile Launcher Mk 13
1Missile Launcher Mk 41 VLS
1Naval Gun Oto Melara 76 mm
1Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
2Torpedo Launchers Mk 32 triple-tube 324mm
1Naval Radar air search radar AN/SPS-49
1Naval Radar surface search radar AN/SPS-55
1Naval Radar fire direction radar AN/SPG-60
1Sonar hull mounted sonar AN/SQS-56



    Typical Max
AU RAN Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk 12
AU RAN CAC ca-32 kiowa 12

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

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