The Ballarat class destroyers were intended to replace the Daring class destroyers and supplement the Perth class destroyers in the Royal Australian Navy. They were originally intended to be part of an Anglo-Australian project, however British participation ended with the Australian insistance that American weapons be used. The design borrows a lot from the British Type 42 destroyer.

The Ballarat class are general purpose destroyers, capable in anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and (with Seahawk helicopters) capable in anti-submarine warfare. The ships are somewhat limited by their lack of a thrown anti-submarine weapon like Ikara or VL-ASROC. They are good sea boats, even in the Southern Ocean.

The ships have seen action, with HMAS Lismore participating in shore bombardment operations in Operation Falconer, as well as maritime security duties in the Persian Gulf.

The first was commissioned in 1980, and the last in 1985. The Ballarat class are scheduled to be replaced by the Battle class. The ships of the class are as follows:

  • HMAS Ballarat
  • HMAS Toowoomba
  • HMAS Lismore
  • HMAS Goulburn


Displacement 4,200 tons full load
Length 129m
Machinery COGOG
  • 2 Rolls-Royce Olympus gas turbines (high speed)
  • 2 Rolls-Royce Tyne gas turbines (cruise speed)
Speed 30 kts
  • One 5 inch (127mm/L54) Mk-45 (lightweight gun)
  • Two 20mm Phalanx CIWS
  • 8 RGM-84 Harpoons in 2 quad launchers
  • 1 Mk 13 guided missile launching system (GMLS), 40 round capacity
    • Standard Missiles
    • (Harpoon possible, but never carried)
  • 2 Mk 32 Triple Torpedo Tubes for Mk 46/MU90 Torpedoes
  • 4 0.50 cal FN M2HB-QCB Heavy Machine Guns
  • Mountings for 7.62mm MAG 58 GPMG
Aircraft 2 S-70B-2 or S-70B-9 Seahawk

Ship ProfileEdit

Ballarat class DDG
Profile of the Ballarat class Destroyer