HMAS Perth (FFH 157)

HMAS Perth (FFH 157)

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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.

Construction

Perth 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.

Operational history

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 equipment and layout....
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