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Warramunga (F152) is the third of Australia's eight Anzac
class frigates. These are general-purpose patrol frigates, a variant of
the popular German MEKO 200 design. The Anzacs are fitted with an
8-cell vertical launch missile system, a 5
inch (127mm)/54 caliber gun, 12.75 inch torpedo tubes, and a flight deck
and hangar for a single helicopter. The 8-cell VLS accommodates 8 Sea
Sparrow missiles in the first two ships of the class, but
Warramunga and later ships can carry 32 Evolved Sea Sparrow
Missiles (ESSM) in the VLS. There are provisions for additional
weapons, which will be fitted in the future. The first ship was
commissioned in 1996, with the last scheduled to commission in 2004.
These photos show Warramunga on her final contrator sea trials
late in 2000, in prepartion for commissioning early in 2001. The photos
are RAN Official, provided courtesy of Tom Rynders.
View from the signal bridge as Warramunga gets underway from the
A view of the Tenix shipyard as Warramunga gets underway, showing
Parramatta (F154) fitting out at the pier.
Another view of Parramatta fitting out.
Warramunga's bow pushes up spray as she plows through the seas.
Another view from the bridge, pushing through the seas.
Although the bulwarks keep the deck dry, a small amount of spray does
Aerial view of Warramunga at sea on trials.
A fine starboard bow view of Warramunga.
A bow-on view of Warramunga.
A closer bow-on view.
Warramunga running at speed.
A fine port side view, showing the ship's general arrangement to good
A stern view, showing the flight deck, helo hangar, and the
8-cell VLS just abaft the starboard funnel.
The 5"/54cal gun fires its first shot during sea trials.
The ships use the US Navy's standard 5"/54cal gun, which could be
upgraded to 5"/62cal if desired. Although the first two ships of the
class have the older, rounded gun shield, Warramunga has the
newer, angular shield.
The gun is obscured by smoke as it fires to starboard.
The 5"/54cal gun firing dead ahead.
Firing to port at a high elevation angle.
Firing to starboard at extreme high angle.
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