HMAS Warramunga Moves to New Homeport

After 14 years of naval service, HMAS Warramunga has a new home port – Fleet Base East, Sydney.

The ship was welcomed to Garden Island on 4 September by Commander Surface Forces, Commodore Lee Goddard, Command Warrant Officer Steve Downey and around 80 families of ship’s company.

Warramunga recently completed the cutting edge Anti Ship Missile Defence upgrade. She is the fourth and the latest Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate to complete the upgrade, which involves a major overhaul and upgrade of the ship’s sensors and weapons capability, much of it Australian.

As part of the ongoing Anzac fleet upgrade process, Parramatta’s crew left Sydney in January, for the purpose of docking HMAS Parramatta and bringing Warramunga back to capability.

While Warramunga was the fourth ship to receive the upgrade, she was the first major fleet unit to receive the new haze grey paint scheme, which will help Navy meet modern warfighting and regional environmental conditions.

Warramunga was also the first to be fitted with the new Exelis ES-3701 Electronic Signals Monitoring system. The system will significantly improve the Royal Australian Navy‘s capability to detect radars from other surface ships and aircraft.

The new system fit also provides commonality with other large warships in Australia’s fleet, as the system is also being deployed in the Canberra class amphibious ships and the Hobart class destroyers.

Image: Australian Navy

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