The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned its Adelaide-class, guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service.
In a ceremony held on 9 December at the vessel’s homeport of Garden Island in Sydney, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said that “the ship and her successive companies have served Australia with distinction, being awarded battle honours three times for successful maritime security operations”.
Since entering service in 1984, Darwin has steamed over a million n miles, visited more than 50 countries, and undertaken operations in the Middle East, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands, according to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD).
The RAN’s Adelaide-class (US Oliver Hazard Perry design) frigates, of which only two now remain in service, are being retired to make way for the Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), which provide the service with an improved war fighting capability.
HMAS Hobart , the first of three 7,000-tonne AWDs, was formally inducted into the RAN on 23 September and is expected to be ready for operational tasking in late 2018.
The second ship of the class, Brisbane , will undertake builder’s sea trials in the final quarter of 2017, with delivery to the RAN scheduled for September 2018. The third ship, Sydney , will be handed over in December 2019.
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