The Voyager class Helicopter Destroyers are Australian designed and built Helicopter Destroyers in service with the Royal Australian Navy. They are made by the Australian Submarine Corporation, in South Australia. The design is based on the American Spruance class Destroyers. Their main role is anti-submarine warfare, for which they are equipped with VL-ASROC, four Seahawks, and MU90 Torpedos.
The ships are well armed, having 64 Mk-41 VLS cells for VL-ASROC, Tomahawk cruise missiles, and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (often carried). The ship also carries 8 Harpoon missiles in quad launchers, and a gun for surface engagements.
Upon introduction in the early 1980s, the Voyager class were equipped with the Australian made Ikara anti-submarine missile, but during the late 1990s, a life-extension program replaced the Ikara launcher and deckhouse with a 64-cell Mark 41 Vertical Launch System.
They have a large hangar for up to four S-70B Seahawk helicopters. There are two landing spots on the deck. Their anti-surface capability consists of a 127mm gun, Seahawk-launched Pengiuns and Hellfires, and Harpoon missiles. The Voyager class have a pure-self defence air defence capability.
The Voyager class destroyers lack the full command and control facilities of a cruiser. The hull is largely given over to machinery, hangar space, storage, and weapon systems especially the vertical launchers.
There are four in service:
- HMAS Voyager
- HMAS Vendetta
- HMAS Vampire
- HMAS Victorious
|Length||563 ft (172 m)|
|Machinery||4 General Electric LM2500 COGAG; two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)|
|Aircraft||4 S-70B-2 Seahawk, or S-70B-9 Seahawk|