BAE Systems Australia has undocked the sixth Anzac class frigate in the eight-vessel Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade program, HMAS Parramatta, at its Henderson Shipyard.
After 600,000 hours of complex systems integration and engineering work on the hardstand at the facility, the ship is beginning the test and trials phase.
The seventh ship, HMAS Toowoomba, is midway through the upgrade and is scheduled for undocking later this year; the final ship in the ASMD program, HMAS Stuart, will be docked in May and is due to be completed on time in mid-2017.
Under the ASMD upgrade, each frigate’s combat management system is being upgraded, and a new infrared search and track system is being introduced, together with a new dual navigation radar.
A number of other significant engineering and structural changes that are unique to each ship are also being made, including enclosing the quarterdeck, galley refurbishment and modifications to accommodate helicopters.
“The work we are doing at Henderson demonstrates the quality of our engineering and program management, and builds on the flexibility of Australian industry capability that is only possible with an experienced Australian maritime defence provider,” said BAE Systems Australia chief executive Glynn Phillips. “Our highly skilled workforce is at the core of our capability, ensuring that the project achieves the quality, cost and schedule milestones despite the enormous complexity of such work.”