Personnel shortages have left one of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) eight Anzac-class frigates on shipyard blocks for 21 months, with a further 16 months anticipated until HMAS Perth completes an impending mid-life upgrade and again becomes available for operations.
The 3,900-tonne frigate was placed on the hardstand at BAE Systems Australia’s shipyard at Henderson near Perth in October 2017 after completing a deep maintenance cycle.
Since then the ship has remained on blocks: a situation disclosed in a recent report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) stating that the RAN has been unable to muster the normal 192-strong crew.
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