Australia’s Potent Frigate
By Harold Hutchison
When the Royal Australian Navy faced off against a Russian convoy that included the Slava-class missile cruiser Varyag, two frigates were on the front lines. But what exactly were these frigates?
To get the answer, one has to go back to the 1980s and 1990s. The Australians were looking to replace the aging River-class frigates they had in service. New Zealand also was in the market for a replacement for their old Leander-class frigates. The two countries decided to go in together – not only to reduce costs, but to make their navies more interoperable.