Stability tested after Arunta AMCAP upgrade

May 20, 2019 – For those who go to sea there is nothing as critical as understanding the stability of the ship as it encounters all the forces that ocean and weather can bring to bear in combination. Therefore, after more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta (II) has undertaken an inclining experiment at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia to test stability. An inclining experiment is a test performed on a ship to determine its stability, lightship…

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HMAS Arunta Undocked After Major Upgrade

December 1, 2018 – After more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta has undocked at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia. The upgrade, being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), includes significant improvements to major platform systems such as the communications center, and the replacement of the ship’s long range air search radar. Arunta Acting Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Scott, said having the ship back in the water was the culmination of thousands of hours…

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Arunta’s mast replacement marks milestone in frigate upgrade

November 27, 2018 – The replacement of HMAS Arunta’s mast at Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia marks another major milestone in the Anzac Class Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP). The program, being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), involves the upgrade of a number of platform and warfare systems in Navy’s eight Anzac Class Frigates. Major Projects Implementation Manager, Commander Steve Ford, said the new mast was designed to accommodate the replacement of the existing Long Range Air Search Radar as well as replace the existing Identification Friend…

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Arunta upgrade marks milestone for frigates

The Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance has achieved a critical milestone with the removal of HMAS Arunta’s mast during its Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP). The mast removal is required to allow for the installation of a new radar system and was conducted at BAE Systems, Henderson, Western Australia. WAMA Alliance Major Projects Implementation Manager CMDR Steve Ford said the program would incorporate the SEA 1448 Phase 4B Air Search Radar, a replacement to the aging SPS49 Long Range Air search radar. He said the new radar was…

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Deployed maintenance for more time on task

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region. Navy personnel and Defence civilians have deployed as one team to complete maintenance on deployment on an unprecedented scale. The beneficiary – HMAS Arunta, deployed for nine months on operations in the Middle East. This is the first time a combined team has been deployed to complete such a large number of maintenance tasks, which they hope will ensure Arunta can continue important duties with minimal disruption. Officer in charge of the team, Commander Rudi Overmeyer said the team was enthusiastic to undertake the maintenance aspect…

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CTF 150’s Second Drug Bust in Two Weeks

March 14, 2017 – Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 has made a second seizure of drugs in under two weeks in the Arabian Sea. On 13 March,  USS LABOON seized 270 kg of heroin concealed on a dhow that had been tracked by a helicopter from RFA Fort Victoria. The USS LABOON’s boarding team conducted a thorough search of the dhow that resulted in the discovery of the heroin. While such operations are complex and challenging, the ship’s boarding teams are highly professional and trained specifically for this role. Commander Jason…

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Communications sailor on task in Middle East

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Sean Perrett coordinates ship movements via Morse Code on the bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region. Look at the shabby condition of the signal light, part of a growing trend away from pride in the appearance in one’s ship.  RAN photo. February 6, 2017 – Part of Australia’s team in the Middle East region, contributing to counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction operations, is a sailor more familiar with patrol boats than frigates. Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Sean…

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