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August 30, 2012
CMDR Fenn Kemp
NAVY'S high-end war fighting
capability has been given a major
boost, with the successful firing of a
Harpoon Block II missile.
The missile was fired at a land tar-
get at the US missile range facility at
Point Mugu, California, from HMAS
Perth during the An zac frigate's recent
deployment to the US.
Commodore Warfare CDRE
Stuart Mayer said the importance of
the test firing shouldn't be understat-
"These firings significantly
increase the versatility and potency of
one of Navy's key weapons," CDRE
"We now have the ability to con-
duct long-range attacks against land
targets or ships operating in the lit-
"The demonstration of this capa-
bility and the successful upgrade of
the ship's systems to accommodate
the advanced harpoon missile make a
great contribution to Navy's ability to
project power to fight and win at sea
and support forces ashore."
The firings were planned in detail
by the recently formed Australian
Maritime Warfare Centre (AMWC),
which operates from Garden Island,
A specialist weapons test team
from the AMWC embarked in Pe rth
to oversee the firings.
CO Perth CAPT Mal Wise said
the firing was a major highlight for
"We launched the first harpoon
HMAS Perth off
the US coast.
Photo: ABIS Sarah
Photo: LEUT William Ho
'' - CO HMAS Perth CAPT Mal Wise
We knew we were playing a key role in what was
a very significant event. There was a lot at stake.
So when we received confirmation that the missile
had hit the target, the team was very excited.
Get ready, aim, fire!
against a land-based target and the
second against a moored target very
close to the beach. Both missiles hit
their marks," CAPT Wise said.
"We knew we were playing a key
role in what was a very significant
event. There was a lot at stake. So
when we received confirmation that
the missile had hit the target, the team
was very excited and more than a lit-
"This success represents a great
deal of hard work and focused effort
by the crew of Perth."
The firing is the culmination of
two inter-related projects that sought
to deliver a Harpoon firing capability
to Anzac-class frigates and upgrade
the Harpoon to a Block Two Standard.
Before the firings, Perth complet-
ed the first phase of an upgrade to
improve her weapon systems and sen-
sor ar rays.
The improvements under the
Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD)
upgrade include a new Australian-
designed and built digital Active
Phased Ar ray Radar and increased
perfor mance for the existing combat
On November 28 last year, the
Government announced that the
ASMD upgrade would be fitted to all
Anzac-class frigates during the next
HMAS Arunta is the second ship
to undergo the ASMD conversion
which began in Western Australia in
IT'S A HIT: The Harpoon Block II missile hones in on its target.
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