HMAS Newcastle is one of four Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) in service with the Royal Australian Navy.
It is a long range escort vessel, capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines with a new and highly sophisticated combat system and a greatly improved sensors suite and weapons package. .
HMAS Newcastle and her three sister ships were the first RAN ships to be powered by gas turbines.
Two forward mounted retractable auxiliary propulsion units provide a secondary means of propulsion plus excellent manoeuvrability in confined waters.
In recent years the ship has deployed in support of peacekeeping operations in East Timor and the Solomon Islands and Operation Catalyst in the Persian Gulf.
HMAS Newcastle is named after the City of Newcastle and is the first RAN ship to carry this name.