A new breed of ship built by the world leading shipbuilding company Austal has won the right to test in Australian waters, the Australian government said on Tuesday.
The Austal frigate, dubbed the RZ-1, will replace the former Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Newcastle after a decade of service.
It will be named after the first ship of the Rz family, the Rzeyskys, which was named after a German naval vessel.
It is also the first new ship in 20 years to be built at Austal’s Rydalmere facility in Australia.
The RZ 1 will be able to carry out missions like rescue, search and rescue, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and other maritime roles, Austal chief executive Ian Hunter said.
It has a displacement of 7.2 million tonnes and is capable of carrying up to 600 tonnes of cargo and is fitted with four nuclear-powered diesel engines, Hunter said in a statement.
It can conduct surface and submarine surveillance and patrol, as well as patrol in deep water and sea.
The ship is also equipped with advanced sensors to monitor shipping movements and to assist in the search for missing vessels.