Anzac was laid down at Williamstown, Victoria on 5 November 1993. The ship was assembled from six hull modules and six superstructure modules, but unlike later ships in the class, which had modules fabricated at three sites, Anzac was built entirely at Williamstown. The frigate was launched on 16 September 1994 by Army Nurse Vivian Statham. Anzac was commissioned into the RAN at Station Pier in Melbourne on 18 May 1996.
She is a 3,600-tonne (3,500-long-ton) ship, 118m (387ft) in overall length, 4.8m (49ft) across the beam and had a draught of 4.35m (14.3ft) at full load. She is capable of a 27-knot (50km/h; 31mph) top speed, and a range of 6,000 nautical miles (11,000km; 6,900mi) at 18 knots (33km/h; 21mph). Her hull and superstructure are of all-steel construction, and the ships are fitted with fin stabilisers.
Her electronic warfare and decoys consist of Racal modified Sceptre A (radar intercept), and Telefunken PST-1720 Telegon 10 (comms intercept); while her countermeasures include G & D Aircraft SRBOC, (Super Rapid Bloom Offboard Countermeasures), and Mk 36 Mod 1 decoy launchers for SRBOC, plus a BAE Systems Nulka active missile decoy.
Her armament after the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Project upgrade consists of one 5 in/54 (127 mm) Mk 45 Mod 2 gun, two Rafael Mini Typhoon 12.7mm (.50 cal) close-in weapon system (CIWS), plus small arms; she also has two x 4 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Mk 41 Mod 5 VLS for Sea Sparrow and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles, plus two x triple 324 mm Mk 32 Mod 5 tubes with MU 90 Torpedos.She also carries one SH-60 Seahawk helicopter.
For more details on the Anzac Class Frigates design and construction, see the page entitled Anzac Class Frigates in the Frigates Index page.
Anzac was deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from 19 to 29 September 1999. The ship was later awarded the battle honour "East Timor 1999" in recognition of this deployment.
Between 2001 and 2003, Anzac was deployed to the Persian Gulf on three occasions.
On 21 March 2003 while in the persian Gulf, Anzac provided naval gunfire support during the Battle of Al Faw. The intent of the assault was to capture the Al Faw Peninsula before Iraqi forces could sabotage the two major oil terminals in the area. The frigate began her first fire support mission at 06:04 on 21 March (the first time a RAN ship had fired in anger in 31 years) and completed seven fire missions over a three-day period. The frigate received the Meritorious Unit Citation on 27 November 2003 for her service during this deployment.
Anzac was deployed to the Persian Gulf for the third time from February until May 2003, as part of Operation Falconer.
In 2005, Anzac participated in a Northern Trident deployment: a round-the-world voyage intended as a flag-showing cruise to the northern hemisphere. As part of this deployment, Anzac was involved in ceremonies for the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, and participated in the fleet review for the bicentenary of the battle of Trafalgar.
On the morning of 13 March 2009, Anzac was one of seventeen warships involved in a ceremonial fleet entry and fleet review in Sydney Harbour, the largest collection of RAN ships since the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. The frigate was one of the thirteen ships involved in the ceremonial entry through Sydney Heads, and anchored in the harbour for the review.
Anzac was assigned to Rotation 29 of Operation Slipper from July 2012 to January 2013 as part of the International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT), and which included counter-piracy in the Arabian Sea region and elsewhere.
During 2014, Anzac was the third ship of the class to undergo the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. The upgrade occurred across 2014 and early 2015, the upgrade included the fitting of CEA Technologies' CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT phased array radars, on new masts, a Vampir NG Infrared Search and Track system, and Sharpeye Navigational Radar Systems, along with improvements to the operations room equipment and layout.
Between March and October 2015, Anzac sailed on a second Northern Trident deployment. The 27,000-nautical-mile (50,000km; 31,000mi) circumnavigation included port visits to 11 countries and participation in commemorative services for the Gallipoli and Normandy landings.
Honours and Awards - She has two inherited battle honours and has earned three more in addition to the Meritorious Unit Citation mentioned above, East Timor 1999, Persian Gulf 2001–03 and Iraq 2003. Anzac has also received a freedom of entry into the city of Albany, Western Australia. Albany was the port from which the first convoy of WW1 ANZAC's departed Australia.