Arunta celebrates 20 years

Published on LCDR Charles Marchant (author)

Topic(s): HMAS Arunta (F151)

Cutting HMAS Arunta's birthday cake are, from left, Executive Officer HMAS Arunta LCDR Aaron Scott; the youngest member of ship’s company SMNMT Charley Klaster; and the Command Warrant Officer WOMT Kenneth McPherson. (photo: )
Cutting HMAS Arunta's birthday cake are, from left, Executive Officer HMAS Arunta LCDR Aaron Scott; the youngest member of ship’s company SMNMT Charley Klaster; and the Command Warrant Officer WOMT Kenneth McPherson.

HMAS Arunta recently celebrated 20 years’ service with a seafood buffet and birthday cake prepared by the ship’s Maritime Logistics staff.

Launched on 28 June 1996 and commissioned on 12 December 1998, Arunta is the second of eight Australian Anzac Class Frigates built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria.

Currently berthed at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia, Arunta is the first of the Anzac class to undergo the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, which the ship is due to complete in February 2019.

Commanding Officer Commander Troy Duggan said it was a proud moment at an exciting time for Arunta’s crew.

“Today marks an important milestone for the ship’s company and those that support us, as we honour Arunta’s service and look forward to many more years serving Australia with pride,” he said.

“Once we complete the AMCAP upgrade in partnership with Australian industry, Arunta will be one of the most advanced frigate in the fleet thanks to a new communications suite, improved platform systems, and a cutting-edge air search radar developed by Australian company CEA Technologies.”

The AMCAP upgrade is being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance, which is a strategic partnership between the Commonwealth of Australia, BAE Systems, SAAB Australia, and Naval Ship Management Australia.

The current Arunta is the second Australian warship to carry the name - Arunta (I) was a Tribal class Destroyer commissioned in 1942.

The ship served with distinction in New Guinea and the Pacific between 1942-1944, and at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 and Lingayen Gulf in 1945.

The name ‘Arunta’ comes from the Arrernte Aboriginal people located in central Australia. The ship’s name and original motto ‘Conquer or Die’ recognises the ship’s proud history and the ongoing and special relationship with the Arrernte Aboriginal people.