The Frigate Guided Missile (FFG) Enterprise sustains the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Adelaide Class FFGs. The Enterprise’s primary goal is to deliver lethal FFGs to the Royal Australian Navy, helping the Navy to achieve their mission, and bring their crew back home safely. Since it was established in 2014, BAE Systems Australia and the Enterprise have worked hard to create an efficient, predictable, flexible, resilient and cost effective operating model for the long-term provision of maintenance support to the Adelaide Class frigates.
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
originally had six multi-purpose warships divided between its two main bases; Fleet Base East, located in Sydney, and Fleet Base West, located in Perth. There is now one warship still in service, with HMA Ships Newcastle, Darwin, Sydney (IV), Adelaide (II) and Canberra (II) decommissioning in recent years.
Each of the FFG warships have been designed as a long-range escort ship with roles including air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, interdiction and reconnaissance, and the warship is capable of countering simultaneous threats from the air, surface and sub-surface.
The FFG warships were the first Royal Australian Navy
ships to be powered by gas turbine for the main propulsion and can be underway from cold in less than 30 minutes. Two forward mounted, retractable auxiliary propulsion units provide a secondary means of propulsion plus excellent manoeuvrability in confined waters. The FFG
's principal weapons are the Standard medium range anti-aircraft missile and the Harpoon anti-ship missile. A 76mm gun to counter both air and surface threats is fitted forward of the funnel and one 20mm Phalanx close-in-weapon system for anti-missile defence is located above the helicopter hangars.
For long range anti-submarine tasks, the FFG
is equipped with a flight deck and hangars for two S-70B-2 Sea hawk helicopters. For close in anti-submarine defence, the warships are fitted with two Mk32 triple torpedo tubes. The FFG
's sensor package includes long range radars for air and surface surveillance, electronic warfare surveillance sensors and a medium range sonar for the detection of submarines. A computer-based command and control system processes information as well as target data received by data link from other ships and aircraft.
BAE Systems Australia are proud to be collaboratively working alongside FFG Enterprise partner, Thales, and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), providing support and assistance where possible so the Navy can achieve its mission.