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The Adelaide class is a ship class of six guided missile frigates constructed in Australia and the United States of America for service in the Royal Australian Navy. The class is based on the United States Navy's Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, but modified for Australian requirements. The first four vessels were built in the United States, while the other two were constructed in Australia.

The first ship entered service in November 1980, and three of the six ships are active as of 2015. Canberra and Adelaide were paid off in 2005 and 2008 respectively, and later sunk as dive wrecks: their decommissioning was to offset the cost of a A$1 billion weapons and equipment upgrade to the remaining four ships. Sydney was decommissioned in late 2015, after spending most of the year as a moored training ship. The Hobart-class air-warfare destroyers will replace the remaining frigates from 2016 onwards.


 NamePennant numberBuilderLaid downLaunchedCommissionedPaid offStatus/fate
Adelaide FFG 01 Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle 29 July 1977 21 June 1978 15 November 1980 19 January 2008 Scuttled as dive wreck, 13 April 2011
Canberra FFG 02 1 March 1978 1 December 1978 21 March 1981 12 November 2005 Scuttled as dive wreck, 4 October 2009
Sydney FFG 03 16 January 1980 26 September 1980 29 January 1983 7 November 2015 Awaiting disposal
Darwin FFG 04 3 July 1981 26 March 1982 21 July 1984 - Active in service
Melbourne FFG 05 AMECON, Williamstown 12 July 1985 5 May 1989 15 February 1992 - Active in service
Newcastle FFG 06 21 July 1989 21 February 1992 11 December 1993 - Active in service

We offer our Adelaide  Class Frigate Models in several popular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our Frigate models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes  pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.

The model build time is generally 24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

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Adelaide Class Frigate Models


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