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18 October 2016

HMAS Melbourne FFG 05 back in Jervis Bay..

The Adelaide Class guided missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne seems to be a regular visitor to our shores of late…this was shot early this morning as she was leaving the bay.  The ship spent the night near Honeymoon Bay and was lit up from bow to stern and top to bottom.
I took this image around 10pm last night.  Photographed through my 400 mm long lens, the ship was on the opposite side of the bay and slowly rocking,  hence the slight fuzziness.

Ship Specs
Full load displacement of 4,100 tons, a length overall of 138.1 metres (453 ft), a beam of 13.7 metres (45 ft), and a draught of 24.5 metres (80 ft).  Propulsion machinery consists of two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, which provide a combined 41,000 horsepower (31,000 kW) to the single propeller shaft. Top speed is 29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph), with a range of 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph). Two 650-horsepower (480 kW) electric auxiliary propulsors are used for close manoeuvring, with a top speed of 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph). Standard ship's company is 184, including 15 officers, but excluding the flight crew for the embarked helicopters.



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