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History of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide

Ex HMAS Adelaide

The HMAS Adelaide II, now known as the Ex-HMAS Adelaide, was a long-range escort frigate (Adelaide Class) with roles including area air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance, and interdiction.

The ship was built in the United States of America and was the first of six Adelaide class guided-missile frigates to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The ship was launched in 1978, commissioned on 15 November 1980 and decommissioned on 19 January 2008.

While in service, the ship’s company was 221 and she accommodated up to two S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters and was fitted with two sets of Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes to provide a counter to submarines.  The ship was propelled by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines driving a single controllable pitch propeller, achieving a speed of 30 knots.

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