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HMAS Darwin
Career (Australia (RAN)) RAN ensign
Namesake: City of Darwin
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 3 July 1981
Launched: 26 March 1982
Commissioned: 21 July 1984
Motto: "Resurgent"
Nickname: FFG-44 (US hull designation during construction)
Status: Active as of 2009
Badge: HMAS darwin crest.png
General characteristics (post-refit)
Class and type: Adelaide class guided missile frigate
Displacement: 4,200 tons
Length: 138 metres (450 ft)
Beam: 14.3 metres (47 ft)
Draught: 7.5 metres (25 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, each providing 20,500 horsepower (15,287 kW). Total 41,000 horsepower (30,574 kW)
Speed: Over 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: 184 + aircrew
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-49 radar, Mk 92 fire control system, AN/SPS-55 radar, AN/SQS-56 sonar
Armament: Mk 41 VLS for Evolved Sea Sparrow missile
Mk 13 launcher for Harpoon and SM-2MR missiles
1 × 3 inch OTO Melara
1 × 20 mm Mk 15 Vulcan Phalanx
2 x triple 324 mm Mk 32 torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 2 x S-70B Seahawk

HMAS Darwin (FFG 04), named for the capital city of the Northern Territory, is an Adelaide class guided missile armed frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).



Darwin was laid down by Todd Pacific Shipyards at Seattle, Washington on 2 July 1981. She was launched on 26 March 1982, and commissioned into the RAN on 21 July 1984.

Darwin was the fourth and final Adelaide class ship built for the RAN in the United States, with the final two ships constructed in Australia.[1] During construction, the ship was referred to as FFG-44.[1]

Operational history

Darwin has completed five operational deployments to the Persian Gulf, a record for the most Gulf deployments of an Australian ship she shares with her sister ship HMAS Sydney. She has also been deployed to East Timor in 1999 and the Solomon Islands in 2001.

HMAS Darwin at HMAS Kuttabul, Garden Island, New South Wales in August 2008.

Darwin underwent a major upgrade and refit at Garden Island during 2007 and 2008; returning to service prior to November 2008.[2]

On the morning of 13 March 2009, Darwin was one of seventeen warships involved in a ceremonial fleet entry and fleet review in Sydney Harbour, the largest collection of RAN ships since the Australian Bicentenary in 1988.[3] The frigate did not participate in the fleet entry, but was anchored in the harbour for the review.


  1. ^ a b Hooton, E.R. (1 December 1996). "Perking-up the Perry class". Jane's International Defence Review (Jane's Information Group) 9 (9).  
  2. ^ McPhedran, Ian (19 November 2008). "Australia's naval frigates 'worth the wait'". The Daily Telegraph.,22049,24673269-5001021,00.html. Retrieved 21 November 2008.  
  3. ^ Brooke, Michael (2 April 2009). "Marching into History". Navy News (Department of Defence).  

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