HMAS Arunta back in the water after major upgrade

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Location(s): Henderson, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Arunta (F151)

HMAS Arunta undocks after more than 400 days undergoing Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrades at Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)
HMAS Arunta undocks after more than 400 days undergoing Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrades at Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia.

After more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta has undocked at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia.

The upgrade, being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), includes significant improvements to major platform systems such as the communications centre, and the replacement of the ship’s long range air search radar.

Arunta Acting Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Scott, said having the ship back in the water was the culmination of thousands of hours hard work by WAMA staff and the ship’s company.

“Today marks a significant point in the AMCAP upgrade and is only possible thanks to the huge effort put in by a dedicated group of people,” he said.

“While there is still some work to go before Arunta sails, we should be extremely proud of what we have achieved so far.”

Arunta, the first of class to undergo the AMCAP upgrade, is due to complete the program in February 2019, and is scheduled to commence Harbour Acceptance Trials prior to sailing later in the year.

The AMCAP aims to remediate obsolescence issues and upgrades ship systems, positioning the Anzac Class ships for sustainment and maintenance of its warfare systems capabilities.

WAMA is an alliance consisting of the Commonwealth, BAE Systems Australia, Saab Systems and Naval Ship Management.