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Two ships of the Royal Australian Navy have borne the name HMAS Arunta, derived from the Arrernte native people from central Australia.

  • HMAS Arunta was a Tribal-class destroyer commissioned in 1942, which served during World War II. The ship remained in service until 1968, and sank while being towed to China for scrapping.
  • HMAS Arunta is an Anzac-class frigate commissioned in 1998 and in active service as of 2008.

Battle honours

Ships named HMAS Arunta have earned five battle honours. All five honours were earned by the destroyer, and are inherited by the frigate and subsequent ships of the name.


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