HMAS Perth (FFH 157)
is an Anzac class frigate
of the Royal Australian Navy
(RAN). The last of the class to be built, she was built by Tenix Defence Systems
and commissioned into the RAN in 2006. In 2007, Perth
became the first major warship of the RAN to be commanded by a woman. In 2010, the frigate was docked as the testbed for a major upgrade to the Anzac
class' ability to defend themselves from anti-ship missiles.
was laid down by Tenix Defence Systems
at Williamstown, Victoria
on 24 July 2003. She was launched on 20 March 2004, and commissioned into the RAN on 26 August 2006 in Fremantle, Western Australia
(the closest port to the ship's namesake city). Perth
was the final Anzac
class ship to be constructed.
In mid 2007, Commander Michele Miller assumed command of Perth
. Miller was the first woman to assume command of a major fleet unit of the Royal Australian Navy.
On 18 January 2010, Perth
docked at the Australian Marine Complex
in Henderson, Western Australia
to be modified under the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Project. The upgrade, intended to improve the class' anti-ship self-defence capability, included the fitting of CEA Technologies
' CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT phased array radars
, a Vampir NG Infrared Search and Track
system, and Sharpeye Navigational Radar Systems, along with improvements to the operations room
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