HMAS Parramatta will boast improved crew internet connectivity and other services when she emerges from her first significant maintenance period since mid-2018 following a strong year of deployments and achievements. 

The Anzac-class frigate recently entered the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, where she will undertake a maintenance package to ship systems and propulsion plant, as well as the installation of a “Quality of Life” system that will improve communications while at sea. 

The ship will also receive a freshly painted hull and super structure.

Parramatta Commanding Officer Commander Anita Nemarich said the major docking would be followed by a full work-up process in early 2021 to return to operational capability.

“DSRA10 is an important maintenance period for the ship as it will ensure she remains seaworthy for her next two significant deployments prior to undergoing the FFH Air Mobility Capability Assurance Package upgrade in 2022,” Commander Nemarich said. 

“DSRA10 will see the installation of the new Quality of Life system, which will provide much improved internet connectivity when at sea. 

“This will allow the crew to connect with their families more easily when deployed.” 

Parramatta recently returned to her home port in Sydney following a busy 12 months of deployments that earned her the coveted Duke of Gloucester’s Cup for 2019 for demonstrating a high level of proficiency in all activities. 

Earlier this year, Parramatta undertook a three-month Asia deployment sailing more than 24,000 nautical miles and working with partner navies in the region to strengthen interoperability.

The 118m Anzac-class frigate also deployed from January to May 2019 and again from September to December 2019 as part of a multi-ship task group.