Second Air Warfare Destroyer delivered

Navy’s second Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane, has officially been handed over to Defence on Friday.

CAPTIONNUSHIP Brisbane on builder sea trials. AWD Alliance photo.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne attended the acceptance ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.

“Brisbane is the second of three ships being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia,” Minister Pyne said.

“Brisbane will enter into service later this year and with her sister-ships, they will be the most potent warships ever operated by the Royal Australia Navy.”

“By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships will contribute directly to our maritime security and allow us to work even closer with our allies.”

AWD Alliance General Manager Paul Evans said the AWD program had once again proven that Australia was able to build and integrate ships from the ground up – evolving our understanding as we go – and generating further improvements along the way.

“We have implemented learnings from ship to ship in order to deliver better outcomes, faster outcomes, create more skills, more efficiency and ultimately deliver a better capability,” Mr Evans said.

Director General Naval Construction Branch Commodore Steve Tiffen said the complexity of this project was reflected in the sophistication of the Air Warfare Destroyers, which were providing a step-change in capability for the Australian Defence Force.

“As the most lethal warships Australia has ever possessed, all three destroyers feature an advanced anti-submarine warfare capability, state-of-the-art radar technology and an air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at an extended range,” Commodore Tiffen said.

The first Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, was accepted and commissioned into service last year.

The third ship, Sydney, was launched at Osborne in May this year and will be delivered to the Navy next year.

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