HMAS Darwin (FFG 04)

HMAS Darwin (FFG 04)

HMAS Darwin (FFG 04), named for the capital city of the Northern Territory, is an Adelaide class guided missile armed frigate of the Royal Australian Navy.

Construction

Darwin was laid down by Todd Pacific Shipyards at Seattle in Washington on 2 July 1981, launched on 26 March 1982 and commissioned on 21 July 1984. She was the fourth and final Adelaide class ship built for the RAN in the USA, with the final two ships constructed in Australia. During construction, the ship was referred to as FFG-44.

Operational history

Darwin has completed five operational deployments to the Persian Gulf, a record for the most Gulf deployments of an Australian ship she shares with her sister ship HMAS Sydney. She has also been deployed to East Timor in 1999 and the Solomon Islands in 2001.

Darwin is undergoing a mid-life refit in the drydock at Garden Island for most of 2007.

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