Ex-RAN frigate pair handed over to Chile

HMAS Melbourne (Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel)

Two decommissioned Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Adelaide-class frigates have been formally handed over to the Chilean government.

Ex-HMAS Melbourne (pictured) and ex-HMAS Newcastle will replace two former Royal Netherlands Navy air defence ships that entered service with the Chilean Navy in 2004 and were themselves recently decommissioned.

The ex-RAN frigates have begun undergoing a refit at Garden Island shipyard in Sydney to remove some of the ships’ weapons systems prior to sailing to Chile.

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