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Royal Australian Navy (2024)


Current Active Inventory: 36 Fleet Units


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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is a balanced fighting force made up of capable underwater assets and surface combatants. The bulk of strength comes from its Offshore Patrol Vehicle (OPV) force which makes up more than a quarter of all available strength. Beyond this is a commitment to a frigate force followed by six attack-minded submarines of conventional design. Unlike Britain, the RAN lacks a true aircraft carrier fleet, relying instead on three vessels from two different classes to operate helicopters from, primarily in support of amphibious/offshore operations. The country's recent commitment to an alliance with Britain and the United States have opened the service to receiving future nuclear-powered submarines. With the rise of China's navy, and its growing presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region, it behooves the RAN to increase its capabilities through modernization and procurement programs.

The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy (2024). The service currently counts 36 total units in its active naval inventory. This total includes frontline commissioned vessels but excludes smaller patrol vessels, auxiliary / survey ships, replenishment, and historical ceremonial types. The WDMMW review takes into account specific categories of warships covering attack, defense, and general support designs. Inventory numbers and related unit types are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "On Order" totals found at the bottom of this article are related to any future hulls currently under procurement/construction though said hulls may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons.

Updated: 9/16/2023 | © www.WDMMW.org




Total Hulls: 36

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TvR
48.9
TrueValue Rating takes incorporates strengths/weaknesses matched against the highest-rated service ( USN (323.9).
Global Rank
20 /39
Global Rank as compared to national powers of WDMMW. 39 total naval services from 39 nations are tracked. View Current Ranks.
Force Concentration

Carriers: 0 units
Submarines: 6 units
Fleet Core: 27 units
Amphib Asslt: 3 units
Force Balance

AVERAGE

Fleet covers basic operating requirements by addressing primary categories.

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Hull Prefix
"HMAS"
Established
1911
(113 yrs ago)
as the "Royal Australian Navy"
Median Hull Age
17.2
Years
Hull Age Visualization

Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15yrs

16 to 25yrs

26 to 30yrs

>30yrs




Submarines (6)


Hulls developed for undersea/submersible operation; nuclear-powered or conventionally-powered.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
28yrs
Collins
SSG-73
Collins-class
26yrs
Farncomb
SSG-74
Collins-class
25yrs
Waller
SSG-75
Collins-class
23yrs
Dechaineux
SSG-76
Collins-class
23yrs
Sheean
SSG-77
Collins-class
21yrs
Rankin
SSG-78
Collins-class

Total Units: 6 (17%)




Destroyers (3)


Multi-mission hulls developed for Blue Water environment; operating independently or as part of the main surface fleet.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
7yrs
Hobart
DDG-39
Hobart-class
6yrs
Brisbane
DDG-41
Hobart-class
4yrs
Sydney
DDG-42
Hobart-class

Total Units: 3 (8%)




Frigates (8)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than Destroyers, though larger than corvettes, having Blue Water capabilities.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
28yrs
ANZAC
FFH-150
ANZAC-class
26yrs
Arunta
FFH-151
ANZAC-class
23yrs
Warramunga
FFH-152
ANZAC-class
22yrs
Stuart
FFH-153
ANZAC-class
21yrs
Parramatta
FFH-154
ANZAC-class
20yrs
Ballarat
FFH-155
ANZAC-class
19yrs
Toowoomba
FFH-156
ANZAC-class
18yrs
Perth
FFH-157
ANZAC-class

Total Units: 8 (22%)




Mine Warfare (4)


Hulls outfitted for the purpose of mine countermeasures/countermine warfare.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
25yrs
Huon
M-82
Huon-class
23yrs
Gascoyne
M-85
Huon-class
22yrs
Diamantina
M-86
Huon-class
21yrs
Yarra
M-87
Huon-class

Total Units: 4 (11%)




Offshore Patrol Vessels (12)


Hulls defined as OPVs and outfitted for the purpose of close-to-shore defense / deterrence.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
19yrs
Armidale
ACPB-83
Armidale-class
18yrs
Larrakia
ACPB-84
Armidale-class
18yrs
Bathurst
ACPB-85
Armidale-class
18yrs
Albany
ACPB-86
Armidale-class
18yrs
Maitland
ACPB-88
Armidale-class
18yrs
Ararat
ACPB-89
Armidale-class
17yrs
Broome
ACPB-90
Armidale-class
17yrs
Wollongong
ACPB-92
Armidale-class
17yrs
Childers
ACPB-93
Armidale-class
17yrs
Launceston
ACPB-94
Armidale-class
17yrs
Maryborough
ACPB-95
Armidale-class
16yrs
Glenelg
ACPB-96
Armidale-class

Total Units: 12 (33%)




Amphibious Assault (3)


Hulls designed specifically for the support of amphibious-minded, offshore / close-to-shore operations.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
10yrs
Canberra
L02
Canberra-class
9yrs
Adelaide
L01
Canberra-class
13yrs
Choules
L100
Bay-class

Total Units: 3 (8%)




On Order (15)


Hulls set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

Unnamed Boat
Nuclear Attack Sub
Unnamed Boat
Nuclear Attack Sub
Unnamed Boat
Nuclear Attack Sub
Unnamed Boat
Nuclear Attack Sub
Unnamed Boat
Nuclear Attack Sub
Unnamed Boat
Nuclear Attack Sub
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate

Total Units: 15


On Order Commitment: 15 Units


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