Description: HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) is an Adelaide class guided missile frigate laid down by AMECON at Williamstown in Victoria on 12 July 1985, launched on 5 May 1989 and commissioned on 15 February 1992.
Melbourne has seen active service on four occasions since commissioning. Her first tour was to the Persian Gulf in 1996 followed by a deployment to East Timor in 1998 operating in support of INTERFET and United Nations forces. In 2002, Melbourne participated in the third rotation of RAN ships to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Slipper where she enforced United Nations sanctions against Iraq. In 2003, the ship returned to Iraqi waters in support of Operation Catalyst protecting Iraqi territorial waters following Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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