The Starboard anchor chain out at ’short stay" on the HMAS Ballarat, helping to keep her snug alongside Cunningham Pier in Geelong. This is the second ship to bear the name in RAN service, the first being a Bathurst Class Corvette during World War Two.

ISO: 200
lens: 150mm
f/11 @ 15 sec

Type: Surface Combatant
Classification: Frigate Helicopter (FFH)
Class: Anzac Class
Based: Sydney
Laid down: 4 August 2000
Launched: 25 May 2002 by Dr Susanna Herd, daughter of the President of the HMAS Ballarat Association (Victoria), Mr Robert Herd
Commissioned: 26 June 2004
Displacement: 3600 tonnes
Length: 118 metres
Beam: 14.8 metres
Armament: 1 × 5 inch (127mm) Mk45 Mod 2 Automatic fire gun
Mk41 vertical launch system with the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
2 x Mk32 Mod 5 triple mounted torpedo tubes
4 × 50 calibre (12.7mm) machine guns

Main Machinery: 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engine 2 x MTU 12V 1163 diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers

Speed: 27 knots
Company: 177
Battle Honours: Pacific 1941-45
New Guinea 1942-44
Okinawa 1951


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  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 4 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks Arrow! Can you believe that the focal point in this was the anchor cable! This shot rocks! I was stoked when I saw how it came out! It was one of those shots you just know you completely nailed!

    – Allen Gray

  • chrisvsworld
    chrisvsworldover 3 years ago

    Iv seen a boat like this. Its out side ocean grove. In about 30meters of water. this is a nice image

  • I’ve got shots of that, and nope, she’s nothing like the old Canberra! And it’s a ship, not a boat! (I’m from a Naval family, we’re kinda territorial about things like that!)

    – Allen Gray

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Mooreover 3 years ago

    Really cool picture Allen, I like it.

  • Thanks Paul! When I saw how this shot came out I was stoked! It just rocked my night! The focal point was the anchor chain and it gave me just the right response! This was shot on my old Canon 400D

    – Allen Gray

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