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September 29, 2011
A TIMELINE in the September 15 edition of Navy
News showing RAN ship deployments to the Middle
East Area of Operations since September 11, 2001,
should have also included HMA Ships Manoora
and Kanimbla. Manoora deployed to the MEAO on
two occasions in this period -- in 2002 and 2003.
Kanimbla also deployed on two occasions -- from
2001-2002 and in 2003. Navy News apologises
to former and current ships' companies for the
omission. Thousands of sailors and officers have
deployed to the MEAO in various elements over
many years and Navy News commends their efforts.
Correcting the record
By Graham McBean
APPROVAL of about $120 million
for two separate RAN missile projects
was announced by Defence Minister
Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel
Minister Jason Clare on August 30.
First- and second-pass approval was
granted for both the Sea 4000 Phase 3.2
and Sea 1352 Phase 1 projects to proceed.
The $100 million Sea 4000 Phase
3.2 project will upgrade Navy's current
Standard Missile 2 (SM2) inventory and
convert the missiles for use by the Air
Warfare Destroyers (AWD) when they
Branch said SEA
4000 Phase 3.2
would prepare the
missiles for contin-
ued service on the
AWDs and ensure
the RAN maintains
a potent area air defence capability into
He said the modifications would allow
the weapons to remain in service for at
least another 20 years and provide an
assured layer of air defence to the fleet.
"Part of the modifications are to phys-
ically change the missile from its current
rail launched configuration for the FFGs
to allow compatibility for the vertically
launched missile cells in the new destroy-
ers," CAPT Slaven said.
The modifications will also include
improvements in the missiles front-end
seeker module, improving the capacity of
the SM missile to defeat emerging threats.
"We will be improving the sensitivity
of the seeker and adding an additional
mode, namely a secondary infra red seek-
er mode that will improve its performance
against sea-skimming missiles," CAPT
Another $20 million was also
approved for Sea 1352 Phase 1, which
is a collaborative international study to
upgrade the performance of the Evolved
Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) on Anzac-
class frigates and the Hobart-class AWDs.
Australia has long been a member
of the NATO Sea Sparrow Consortium,
being one of the
of the ESSM con-
sortium in devel-
oping the ESSM
'Block 1' missile.
said Navy was now
looking at the next
of the weapon to
the 'Block 2' con-
"The study is to understand what
the performance capabilities of the new
weapon need to be and what the progra-
matic and industry issues are," he said.
"In funding these initial studies,
the Government has approved ongoing
Australian participation in the ESSM
Other ADF-wide projects approved
included $425 million for 950 new
G-Wagon four-wheel drives and first-
pass approval for the Joint Project 2008
Phase 5B -- Enhanced Military Satellite
Capability boost for RAN
The $100 million Sea
4000 Phase 3.2 project
will upgrade Navy's
current Standard Missile 2
inventory and convert the
missiles for use by the Air
Warfare Destroyers when
they enter service.
APPROVAL GRANTED: The Government recently approved about $120 mil-
lion for two RAN missile projects, including Sea 4000 Phase 3.2. Here, HMAS
Sydney fires the SM2 in the Hawaiian Exercise Area earlier this year.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
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