HMAS Warramunga, the Royal Australian Navy's third ANZAC Class Frigate will be commissioned into service in a spectacular ceremony at Station Pier, Melbourne, on Saturday March 31.
The Minister for Defence, Mr Peter Reith, will be attending the ceremony with the Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral David Shackleton. AM RAN, and the Maritime Commander Rear Admiral Geoff Smith AO RAN
Mrs Joy Willis, the wife of the last Commanding Officer of the first HMAS WARRAMUNGA., will be the guest of honour at the Commissioning. Mrs Willis launched WARRAMUNGA II on May 23 1998.
During the ceremony 16 Elders from the Waramungu people from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory (after whom the ship is named) will perform a "Blessing Dance".
Whilst WARRAMUNGA is the third of the class to enter service with the RAN after HMA Ships ANZAC and ARUNTA, she is actually the fifth ship of the class, as two of the vessels have been built for the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Upon Commissioning WARRAMUNGA will achieve a number of important 'firsts'. She is the first ship in the world to be fitted with the latest generation of the Sea Sparrow Missile, and is the first RAN ship to carry the Navy's new Kaman Super Sea Sprite helicopter.
She is the second ship to bear this name, the first being a Tribal Class destroyer which served with great distinction from 1942 to 1959 in both the Second World War and Korean War.
The first WARRAMUNGA was a Tribal Class destroyer that served with great distinction in the Second World War and Korean War from 1942 to 1959.