Port side views of the guided missile destroyers HMAS Perth (D38) and Brisbane (D41) underway. The destroyers are steaming north for Kangaroo 95, Australia's largest joint military exercise during Iron Fist '95.

The Perth-class destroyers were four guided missile destroyers operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Ordered during 1962 and 1963, HMA Ships Perth, Hobart, Rockhampton and Brisbane were the first guided missiled-armed warships to enter service with the RAN. All four ships operated during the Indonesian Civil War. The class was decommissioned between 1999 and 2001, with all four vessels later sunk as dive wrecks.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Original Configuration[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Guided Missile Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1965-2001
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 455 feet (138.68 meters)
    • Beam: 47.1 feet (14.36 meters)
    • Draft: 20.1 feet (6.13 meters)
    • Dispacement: 3,480 tons (Standard); 4,650 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 310 (25 officers and 285 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4 x Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 2 x General Electric double reduction steam turbines, 2 shafts, 70,000 shp (52,000 kW)
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 35 knots (64.82 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 901 Fire Control RDF
    • Type 965 Air Search RDF
    • OPS-17 Surface Search RDF
    • Mulloka ASDIC system
    • Sangamo SQS-23KL hull-mounted ASDIC
  • Armament:
    • 4 x QF 4.5"/45-caliber Mk.N6 naval guns (2x2)
    • 2 x 4-cannister Mark 30 Thunderbolt AAM Launcher
    • 2 x Ikara ASW Missile Launchers
    • 2 x 12.75" triple torpedo tubes

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

  • HMAS Perth (D38)
  • HMAS Hobart (D39)
  • HMAS Rockhampton (D40)
  • HMAS Brisbane (D41)
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