Sea Platforms

RAN frigate out of service for more than three years largely due to personnel issues

11 June 2019

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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