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HMAS Darwin in Henderson waiting to be scrapped after dive site plans are sunk

A guided missile frigate that spent more than three decades in service with the Australian Navy is in Henderson, waiting to be scrapped.

There had been talks ex-HMAS Darwin could be turned into a floating museum or sunk and used as a dive site.

But when they failed to materialise, the ship’s fate was sealed.

HMAS Darwin will be scrapped for parts.HMAS Darwin will be scrapped for parts.
Camera IconHMAS Darwin will be scrapped for parts.Picture: Royal Australian Navy

The ship, decommissioned in December, 2017, was towed to the Australian Marine Complex in Perth’s south in preparation for dismantling and recycling.

The Department of Defence said that after considering numerous options, “the decision has been taken to scrap” the ship.

“There are no active expressions of interest from State Governments or other countries to acquire ex-HMAS Darwin,” the department said in a statement.

“Defence does not manage floating museums and has not received expressions of interest in acquiring the ex-HMAS Darwin from organisations that do.

“Therefore, the most efficient method of disposal is scrapping.”

It said multiple items including the anchor, control console and other trophies and relics will be preserved for historical purposes.

The 138m-long ship was commissioned in 1984 after being built in the US.

It was put to work over 33 years in the Indian Ocean, Asia and Pacific region, visiting 50 countries.

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