Perth Back in the Water after Upgrades


By Harriet Pointon Mather

Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth was back in the water on July 1.

She was lowered out of the dry dock at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson, Western Australia, after completion of upgrades to her radar capabilities, communications systems and crew-habitable areas, which are a major part of the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program.

Commanding Officer Perth Commander Anthony Nagle said the complexity of the manoeuvres to get her back in the water required precise coordination.

“The undocking itself is a lengthy process – moving a vessel that is 118m long, nearly 15m wide and that weighs 3900 tonnes requires meticulous management,” Commander Nagle said.

“This is a significant step towards the completion of Perth’s upgrade, which will now move on to the final stages, enabling the ship to return to the fleet and undertake deployments and exercises with our regional partners in 2022.”

This article was published by the Australian Department of Defence on July 2, 2021.