HMAS BALLARAT Commissioning Book

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ANZAC Class Frigates Selected in 1989, the ANZAC ship design is based on the German MEKO 200 frigate. Modular construction methods are employed with sections of the ships fabricated in two locations-Williamstown in Victoria and Whangarei in New Zealand- prior to final assembly at Williamstown. Eight ANZAC class frigates are being constructed as part of the overall plan to upgrade the Royal Australian Navy. A further two ships of the class have been built for the Royal New Zealand Navy. The first of class, HMAS ANZAC, was launched on 16 September 1994 and commissioned on 18 May 1996. ANZACs are long-range escorts with roles including air defence, anti submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ships are capable of countering simultaneous threats from the air, surface and sub-surface. BALLARAT is different to previous ANZACs as some modifications were made as a result of lessons learnt. For example, her Junior Sailors cafe, is different to that on HMAS ANZAC. The new galley sees a better 'flow-through' design from the serving line. Her hangars are also slightly different, with better fans and a RAST system for the Seasprites already fitted. I I LIIIL' . We dfJOI/ 118 meters 4.4 meters > 27 knots 164 Ships Characteristics Beam: Full Load Displacement: Maximum Range: 1 GE LM 2500 Gas Turbine producing 30,000hp 2 MTU 12V1163 Diesels producing 8,500hp Twin Shaft Controllable Pitch Propellers 4 x MTU 650kw Diesel Generators 14.8 meters 3,600 tonnes 6,000nm at 18 knots L!lltlll.tiDnln ystem: Celsius Tech 9L V 453 Mk 3 RIM-7P NATO Sea Sparrow 11olltll >1 I! Il L Missile System: I 11 ~ o l t l l o l y tem: ( 11111 ' f\',W ' ,y, lcm: I ( tly I II II ,() f I I t , 11 Ll t , , a I a r: Mk 41 Mod 5, 8 Cell Vertical Launch System Mk 73 Mod 1 CWI Transmitter 9L V 453- Band Tracker 9LV 453 - Optronic Director FMC 5"/54 Mk 45 Mod 2 Gun Mount Triple Torpedo Tubes Mk 32 Mod 5 SRBOC Mk 36 Mod 1 Chaff Launcher AN/SPS-49V (8) Long Range Air Warning Celsius Tech OIV 453 TIR Air/Surface Krupp Atlas 9600M Navigation Cossor Electrics IFF Mk XII HMAS BALlARAT Commissioning fJ3ool( June 2 '4 - f})ecember 004 Foreword r.By Commander rJJ.J. :J{unter, CSC, 2(.9!9{ When a Ship and her Ship's Company hav rt d It \ t' t the hief of Navy approved I' II I I R 11 T' Initial Operational P I :1. :111d directed the Marititne < ' t tlltll :trt dlt to a sume full Command. l' t urll It t t'. 1/ , /LLARAT entered its Naval < >p r :llr ott :tl T sl Evaluation II This event marked the first day in which a duty watch was formed and cotnmenced their routines. Additionally, the ship was now able to be stored and the crew comtnenced moving onboard. This resulted in a steep learning curve for the crew and a vast amount of stores and personal itetns were moved onboard. History of Commissio g During the construction and fitting out of a ship, there are four ceretnonial occasions that occur_ the keel laying, the launch, ship delivery and the Cotntnissioning. The cotntnissioning ceretnony 1narks the introduction into service of a ship as a unit of the Royal Australian Navy. The tradition pre-dates the first European Royal Navies. Royalty would charter or 'Comn1i ssion' ships from private owners to search for new trade routes and riches or to fight troublesome neighbours. Sin1ilarly , privateers could seek Royal approval for their ventures in the form of a Cotnmission. This tradition continued after the first Navies were fanned and marked the official handing over of the ship from builder to the Navy. At the 1noment of breaking the co1nmissioning pennant, H MAS BALLARAT, becomes the responsibility of the Comtnanding Officer, who, together with the ship's officers and sailors, has duty of n1aking and keeping her ready for any service required by our nation in war and peace. The distinctive tnark of a RAN ship in comtnission, other than the Australian White Ensign, is a flag or pennant at the masthead. On the appointed day, lh s hip,s comn1issioning or n1asthcad pcnnHnl is duly hoisted, the newly joined Captain, Officers and ship's cotnpany assemble either on the quarterdeck or on the jetty alongside which the vessel is lying, usually in the presence of a congregation composed chiefly of the partners and fatnilies of the new crew. The ceretnony begins with the arrival of fficial guests and inspection of the guard by the guest of honour who is accotnpani ed by the Cotnmanding Officer. The ommanding Officer then reads the commiss ioning orders. The Nationa l /\11thcn1 is played, and simultaneously, the /\ustr'l li an White Ensign and the Australian Nationn l Flag, are hoisted, and the commissi ning pennant is broken. The 'uptt1in, Officers and ship's cotnpany then pro' d onb ard and the ship is now cons id r d to be part of Her Majesty's Roy;tl /\uslntli'l n Navy. The Officer of the Di.ly l:1k s sl;1tio11 n the Bridge and tnakes th' l'irsl cnlry in the ship's log 'HMAS B/\LL/\1' AT ol'rici lly Cotnmissioned into the Ro :II /\11slmli m Navy'. In thL' 1 Il l rd and her husband, Mr David I >:t\ have four daughters Sophie, I Ill I. :t h lie and Charlotte. In her spare ltttll I > 1 II rd enjoys reading, gardening :1 11 I o1t11 J the hot clock at championship 1 h:d I matches. 17 BALLARAT Crest Official Badge Badge Description- On a black background a red Trident enfiled with a gold Palisado Crown. Badge Blazon - Sable (Black); a Trident palewise; Gules (red) , enfiled with Palisado Crown, or (gold). Badge Motto - 'Defend the Flag ' Ballarat or Ballaarat?' One of the 1nost often asked que tiot s is 'Do you spell Ballarat with four a' , r thr a's?' It is generally accepted that lh n'lm ca1ne from two aboriginal word ign ifyin) a camping or resting place- 'Balla' mean in) reclining on the elbow and 'Arat' tnean in ) place. The first white settler (1 3 7), Scots1nan Archibald Yuille, called hi s property 'Ballarat'. We cannot know how 'l Scotsman pronounced an aboriginal word but in 1851 another Scot officially surveyed the area and recorded the town's na1ne a Ballaarat. When the first local paper arrived in 1854 it was called the 'Ballarat Ti1nc ' (perhaps the typesetter ran out of a's). Official government documents used the double a spelling and successive loc'l l councils varied the number of a's according to the prevailing fashion of the time. Pri r to arnalgarnation of the councils in 1994, the municipality of the City of Ballaarat was the official spelling for the Council, though the fficial spelling for place name purpo e (then comprised of several 1nunicipaliti e ) wa Ballarat. When the new single Ballarat i ty Council was gazetted in 1994 the ingle a version was adopted for the rp ration, to align it to the area's place-nan1e. Thus, both spellings were legiti1nate 'll different times in the city's history and 'a n li II be seen on buildings and in hi l rica! I iterature. N ' 1 vy records indicate that HMAS B A L A RAT has always been spelt with thr '1 's. and De ign History Nit r rd suggest that HMAS ,LARA I had two unofficial badges: :1) H:tll :tr:tt I badge designed on the City of H:d l:t:t rn t S '11. h) A hoot It nt n ) I utched in the centre by a ltn11d t't tl oiTj tsl above the wrist with a hIt 1 I :t k 1' ro u n I. 111 I(> :til ol'l 1 i:tl l t1 lg was approved for IlMAS H LLARAT. ' I h design focusing 011 I ' Ill ' Ill S or Blllar'll '. Coat of Arms (;, tw{lr I d in 195() 'l n I ' ily cal. These 18 I ttll' ltl. ' ' r th sicll , garb, miners pick itlld . It o I. II ow v r, this badge was ll l'tl lt 1 dt:t\ 11 tq n r manufactured. A ':ti 1t itt I I th subject of BALLARAT's I :td)'L ' :1.; 1:1 i. I. ll was decided to focus on B: tll :11 :11 ' , lX'J , Ill completed sea training in a vari ty or It'll I l I til deploying in HMA Ships SUC ' (tlld I >PI II >Jo' lor Operation DAMASK I. Following th '' :11d ol lw. HW I lttdl' Jtl s mbarked in BALLARAT is :t ll' . l:trttl'lll t the dedication and lllll:tll. ' lll , which characterises the RAN I llllll)'l'SI ll et unit'. BALLARAT spc111 till \\t'l'kl nd alongside Fleet Base W .111d \\ :1. itble to celebrate this 1.t ' ,() I ( ';trill, " \ Ill It 'OII ,' I,' kd ol l' UIIIIIIIIIlll ' orl >r ' tHtdu t ch ol vi it . he crew p1rli i1 'l l d 111 :t ariety of comtnunity project and i ill'd r ur schools with the company of a l :tlt:twk llelicopter from 816 Squadron. l it . !tool s visited were Mt Clear, h:t. lopol , l Patrick's and Ballarat tt.tlllllt: tr. The visit teams were botnbarded till q u slion of interest but the Seahawk