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By Michael Brooke
ALL eight of the RAN's Anzac-class
frigates (FFHs) will be upgraded
with an advanced Anti-Ship Missile
Defence (ASMD) system at a total
cost of $650 million.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
and Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare announced approval for the pro-
ject at Fleet Base East on November
28. The total project cost includes the
funds already spent upgrading HMAS
The upgrade of Perth as the lead
ship for the ASMD program was suc-
cessfully completed earlier this year.
Following exhaustive testing,
including in the United States, the
Chief of Navy agreed to the operation-
al release of the system in July.
Mr Smith said the Anzac ASMD
project had also been removed from
the Projects of Concern list.
"The government has now
approved the installation of the system
on the remaining seven ships of the
Anzac class by 2017," he said.
"This is the latest weapon in
Navy's arsenal and means the Navy's
Anzac frigates will be a lot more capa-
ble."At the moment the FFHs can track
and destroy one target at a time, but
the new system is able to identify,
track and guide missiles to multiple
The 2009 Defence White Paper
outlined the Government's intent
to put all of the Anzac-class ships
through an ASMD upgrade program,
subject to the successful outcome of
at-sea trials in Perth.
Mr Clare said the project was a
great Australian success story -- cut-
ting edge technology developed in
Australia by CEA Technologies.
He said the ASMD upgrade pro-
gram was a good demonstration of
how the Projects of Concern process
could effectively manage difficult pro-
jects and deliver successful national
security outcomes for Australia.
By Ben Wickham
SIXTY-seven new officers graduated
from the RAN College at HMAS
Creswell on December 1 in front of
family, friends and Chief of Navy
VADM Ray Griggs.
MIDN Chanelle Smith (pictured)
and said she
to don the
"Seeing the transformation of
so many young people, the way
in which they carried themselves
and the professionalism that was
displayed; words cannot describe. I
applied to join the next day," MIDN
Creswell's Commanding Officer,
CAPT Brett Chandler, watched the
graduates develop as naval officers
over the 22-week NEOC period.
"The graduates have faced chal-
lenges, formed bonds with their fel-
low students, pushed their limits, and
grown as people, as well as officers,"
on path to
THE Anzac-class Anti-Ship Missile
Defence (ASMD) project has
been removed from the Projects
of Concern list and the Multi Role
Helicopter (MRH-90) project has
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
said the MRH-90 project would pro-
vide Navy and Army with 46 new heli-
copters to replace the existing Black
Hawks and Sea Kings.
"The project is running late, pri-
marily due to issues affecting the air-
craft," he said.
The project has suffered two years
of delays to date and may be further
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare said the MRH project had
encountered a number of significant
technical issues, which had triggered
early indicators and warning thresh-
olds for schedule and contractor per-
To manage any capability gap with
the retirement of the RAN's Sea King
helicopters this month, Navy will gen-
erate an additional short term Seahawk
Mr Smith said this year four
projects had been removed from the
Projects of Concern list, three through
remediation and one through cancel-
"At the beginning of the year, 12
projects were on that list, but now
there are nine," he said. "This shows
the system is working -- fixing problem
More projects are expected to be in
a position to be removed from the list
before the end of the year.
Since the Projects of Concern
began in 2008, 19 projects have been
put on the list. Ten have now been
removed, eight due to remediation and
two due to cancellation.
PROJECT UPDATE: Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare address
members of the media in front of HMAS Anzac at Fleet Base East, as Commander Australian Fleet RADM
Steve Gilmore looks on.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
MRH-90 project on watch list
CONCERN: MRH-90 added to
Projects of Concern list.
Photo: AC Philip Sharpe
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