Australian Navy’s HMAS Perth frigate has recently passed through King George’s Sound into the city of Albany, Western Australia.
HMAS Perth spent five days in the Western Australian Exercise Area conducting Naval Gunfire on the Lancelin Naval range, navigation training, damage control exercises, and working in company with HMAS Darwin and her Seahawk helicopter as they return from Operation MANITOU.
Following the five days at sea Perth conducted a port visit to the city of Albany in Western Australia to engage with the local community. Upon entering King George’s Sound, HMAS Perth sailed in close proximity to the wreck of HMAS Perth II which was sunk in 2001 as a dive site.
HMAS Perth (FFH 157) is an Anzac class frigate commissioned into the RAN in 2006. In 2007, Perth became the first major warship of the RAN to be commanded by a woman. During 2010 and 2011, the frigate was used as the testbed for a major upgrade to the Anzac class’ ability to defend themselves from anti-ship missiles.