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Australia to extend service life of Anzac-class frigates amid concerns about sustainment

20 March 2019
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The Anzac-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are to have their service life extended by up to 10 years amid potential concerns about their future seaworthiness and capability.

According to a report on sustainment of the eight-ship class released on 18 March by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), the government was advised by the country’s Department of Defence (DoD) in June 2018 that it would be necessary to extend the life of the class pending the entry into service of the replacement Hunter class, the first of which is expected to enter service in 2027.

The oldest of the Anzac-class fleet, HMAS Anzac , was due to retire in 2025 but will not be withdrawn until 2030, while the youngest ship, HMAS Perth , was to have been withdrawn in 2032–33 but will now remain in service until 2043, the ANAO stated.

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