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HMAS Toowoomba FFH-156 Gulf of Oman Nov 2009.jpg
HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156)
Career (Australia (RAN)) RAN ensign
Namesake: City of Toowoomba
Builder: Tenix Defence Systems
Laid down: 26 July 2002
Launched: 16 May 2003
Commissioned: 8 October 2005
Homeport: Fleet Base West
Motto: "Fearless"
Status: Active as of 2009
General characteristics
Class and type: Anzac class frigate
Displacement: 3,600 tonnes full load
Length: 118 metres (390 ft)
Beam: 15 metres (49 ft)
Draught: 4 metres (13 ft)
Propulsion: 1 x General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine providing 30,000 hp (22.5 mW)
2 x MTU 12v 1163 TB83 diesels providing 8,840 hp (6.5 mW)
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: approximately 170 sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonars: Thomson Sintra Spherion B Mod 5; hull-mounted; active search and attack; medium frequency. Provision for towed array
Air search radar: Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V)8 ANZ (C/D-band)
Surface search radar: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 TIR (Ericsson Tx/Rx) (G-band)
Navigation: Atlas Elektronik 9600 ARPA (I-band)
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
ESM: Racal modified Sceptre A (radar intercept), Telefunken PST-1720 Telegon 10 (comms intercept)
Countermeasures: Decoys: G & D Aircraft SRBOC Mk 36 Mod 1 decoy launchers for SRBOC
Armament: Guns and missiles: 1 × 5 in/54 (127 mm) Mk 45 Mod 2 gun, various machine guns and small arms, 2 x 4 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Mk 41 Mod 5 VLS for Sea Sparrow and Evolved Sea Sparrow
Torpedoes: 2 × triple 324 mm Mk 32 Mod 5 tubes
Fire control: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 (J-band)
Combat data systems: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 Mk 3.Link 11
Weapons control: CelsiusTech 9LV 453 optronic director with Raytheon CW Mk 73 Mod 1
Aircraft carried: 1 x SH-60 Seahawk

HMAS Towoomba (FFH 156) is an Anzac class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

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Construction

Toowoomba was laid down by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria on 26 July 2002. She was launched on 16 May 2003 by Ms Judy Blight, and commissioned into the RAN on 8 October 2005.

Operational history

Towoomba hit a navigation marker off Gladstone in March 2006 and was repaired at Williamstown, Victoria.

Toowoomba began her first deployment to the Persian Gulf on 4 January 2007.[1]

On 29 May 2009, the Australian Government announced that the Australian Defence Force would contribute resources, including Toowoomba and RAAF AP-3C Orion patrol aircraft, to anti-piracy operations in the Gulf region.

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