World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Final Anzac Ship Launched

Final Anzac Ship Launched

Australia's $7 billion (current prices) investment in the 17-year ANZAC class frigate project will reach a significant milestone tomorrow with the launch of the 10th and final ship, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today.

NUSHIP PERTH will be launched at Tenix's Williamstown shipyard in Victoria by Margaret Gee, daughter of the late Able Seaman First Class Allan Gee who survived the sinking of HMAS PERTH I.

Senator Hill said the Royal Australian Navy's eight ANZAC frigates would provide a range of capabilities from defending Australian waters from attack by any potential aggressor to participation in joint operations.

"The five ANZAC frigates already in service have proven their worth in operations in the Persian Gulf, off the north coast of Australia and in Antarctic waters. They have been of outstanding quality and have been delivered on schedule and on cost," Senator Hill said.

Senator Hill said the PERTH would be equipped with the latest communication, navigation and fire control systems when it is delivered in June 2006.

It will be capable of firing the Evolved SeaSparrow missile from its Vertical Launching System and will be armed with a five-inch gun. PERTH will have an upgraded Combat Management System - the first ship of its class to have this system fitted.

Senator Hill congratulated Tenix, its suppliers and the Defence Materiel Organisation on reaching this important milestone in Australia's biggest ever Defence project.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

UN Report: Civilian Casualties Surged After Peace Talks Began In Afghanistan

Monitoring by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, and the UN Human Rights Office has revealed that despite a drop in civilians killed and injured overall in 2020 there was a rise in civilian casualties following the start of peace negotiations ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>

WeBeliev: Scoop In Conversation With Abhishek Sinha, Founder Of WeBeliev, An NZ Crowdfunding Platform

WeBeliev supports 17 SDGs, launching sector specific campaigns every month Q. What is WeBeliev and why did you start it? A. WeBeliev is a Singapore-registered crowdfunding platform aimed at fundraising for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ... More>>