DDL from Navy News September 72

A 1972 concept for the the Hunter-class destroyer.

The Hunter-class destroyer is a class of destroyer developed for the Royal Australian Navy in the 1960s to replace the aging River-class destroyer escorts and Daring-class destroyers. The Hunter was launched in 1973 and commissioned in 1976. Ten of these vessels were built, all named after rivers in Australia.
This is the AAOverse version of the Australian light destroyer that was planned in the 1960s and 1970s before the Australian government decided to purchase the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates from the United States.


  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1976-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 425 feet (129.54 meters)
    • Beam: 48 feet (14.63 meters)
    • Draught: 16.8 feet (5.13 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,200 tons (Standard); 5,200 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 210
  • Propulsion: 2 x Rolls Royce Olympus, 2 x Rolls Royce Tyne, 2 x shafts, 100,000 shp
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 km)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 988 3D Air Search RDF
    • Type 992Q Surface Search RDF
    • Type 1006 Navigation RDF
    • Type 996 E/F-band 3D Target Indication RDF
    • Type 909 I/J-band Fire Control RDF
    • Signaal WM-25 Fire Control RDF
    • AN/SQS-504 Variable Depth ASDIC
    • AN/SQS-505(V) Hull Mounted ASDIC
  • Armament:
    • 1 x SRC 5"/54-caliber naval guns
    • 1 x GWS.30 Sea Dart AAM Launcher
    • 2 x 4-cannister Mk.30 Missile Launchers (fires Thunderbolt AAMs)
    • 2 x Ikara ASubM Launchers
    • 2 x 4-canister Broadsword AshM Launchers
    • 2 x 12.75" triple torpedo tubes (fires
    • 1 x 25mm CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Westland Commando helicopters

Unit RunEdit

  • HMAS Hunter River (D42)
  • HMAS Mackenzie River (D43)
  • HMAS Edward River (D44)
  • HMAS Cumberland River (D45)
  • HMAS Torrens River (D46)
  • HMAS Arrowsmith River (D47)
  • HMAS Cascade River (D48)
  • HMAS Rubicon River (D49)
  • HMAS Blackwood River (D50)
  • HMAS Pioneer River (D51)

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