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BAE Systems, the world’s fourth-biggest defence company, won a contract to build nine Type 26 Hunter class frigates for the Australian navy.
The frigates will be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia state.
The Sachsen class frigates are designed to intercept enemy missiles and aircraft, and are equipped with 32 Mark 41 vertical launch silos built into the bow, just in front of the bridge.
Surface ships, including frigates, destroyers, cruisers, and even amphibious ships could extend their operational lifespans while at the service beefs up its total number of vessels.
In March a British frigate sailed through part of the South China Sea where the Chinese authorities are trying to establish a sphere of influence.
In addition, a French frigate is stationed off of Lebanon in international waters.
For example, Halle said, a frigate can receive food shipments periodically from a helicopter.
Don’t give up the ship’’ during a losing battle with the British frigate Shannon in the War of 1812.
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In the 17th–19th centuries, a frigate was a three-masted, fully rigged sailing ship, often carrying 30–40 guns in all. Smaller and faster than ships of the line (the principal vessels of naval warfare), frigates served as scouts or as escorts protecting merchant convoys; they also cruised the seas as merchant raiders themselves. In World War II, Britain revived the term frigate using it to describe escort ships equipped with sonar and depth charges, and used these ships to guard convoys from submarines. In the postwar decades, the frigate also adopted an antiaircraft role, adding radar and surface-to-air missiles. Modern frigates can sail at a speed of 30 knots and carry a crew of 200.
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: a small and fast military ship
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