Royal Australian Navy’s third air-warfare destroyer, NUSHIP Sydney, has commenced its first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems.
CAPTION: Air warfare destroyer NUSHIP Sydney departs Osborne Shipyards for the first time as it commences its builder’s sea trials. Photo by Simon Casson.
This initial trial phase will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials in October to test the ship’s combat and communications systems in preparation for delivery and commissioning next year.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said industry played a fundamental role in the input into Defence capability.
“Over the past decade, more than 5000 people from across the Department of Defence, ASC, Raytheon Australia and Navantia have dedicated millions of hours of work towards delivering the most capable warships ever to be operated by the Royal Australian Navy,” Minister Reynolds said.
“This is underpinned by more than 2700 suppliers who have supported the AWD Alliance in its efforts to expand Australian Industry Capability for the overall program.
“Through the AWD program we have created a local workforce with specialist shipbuilding and complex systems integration skills that will form the foundation for future shipbuilding projects in Australia.”
Minister Reynolds’ press release today made it clear that this third ship would be the last of this type built.
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