Castlemaine Class Air Warfare Guided Missile Destroyer
The Castlemaine Class Air Warfare Guided Missile Destroyers were built as successors to the highly capable Brisbane Class. The centrepiece of these ships is the AEGIS combat system developed for the USN and other aligned navies. These ships are dedicated to the defence of a naval force (plus assets ashore)
from aircraft and missile attack and are also be able to operate in anti-surface, anti-submarine, and naval gunfire support roles.
IFAS Castlemaine (pictured)
and IFAS Hobart are homeported at Fleet Base North East, Brisbane. IFAS Perth (pictured)
and IFAS Melbourne are homeported at Fleet Base West, IFAS Stirling.
DDG07 IFAS Castlemaine
DDG09 IFAS Perth
Castlemaine Class Specifications
Air Warfare Guided Missile Destroyer
23 officers, 260 non-commissioned
RIM-67 Standard (SM-2ER), RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
1 x Mk-45 Mod 2 lightweight gun, 2 x Phalanx CIWS, 4 × .50 cal guns (2 x aft, 2 x forward)
2 x Mk32 Mod 9 two-tube torpedo launchers, Eurotorp MU90 torpedoes
2 x MRH-90 Taipans or 2 x MH-60R Seahawks
Phased Array Radar
Fire Control Radar
2 × Raytheon SPG-62 Mk99 radar illuminators
Surface Search Radar
1 x DSE SSR-0213 V(2), 1 x DSE SSR-0186
AN/SLQ-32, 2 x BAE Systems Nulka
2 x General Electric Marine model 7LM2500-SA-MLG38 gas turbines @17,500 kilowatts (23,500 hp) each, 2 x Caterpillar Bravo 16 V Bravo diesels @ 5,650 kilowatts (7,580 hp) each, 2 x CP propellers.