Seventh Aussie Anzac crew formed
A seventh Anzac class frigate crew has been formed to man the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Toowoomba ahead of its undocking from an Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade in September.
The frigate has undergone the upgrade at Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia, and will undock in September and return to Fleet Base West by late November. The vessel will begin her work up in early 2017 ahead of participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2017 later that year.
HMAS Toowoomba is the seventh Anzac class frigate to undergo the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade, which involves the installation of new Australian-developed radar technology.
Unlike previous upgrades, the ship will not undergo a crew 'snap', which is where crew from a ship set to enter deep maintenance takes responsibility of a ship that has completed maintenance. Instead, the vessel will sail with a completely new crew.
Toowoomba's reactivation will be a significant challenge, and will involve effectively returning her from an empty shell to an operational and seaworthy vessel.
Daniel Byers, Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain, said: ‘Our department is now ordering almost every piece of equipment for the ship: from crucial damage control equipment through to pots and pans.’
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