Royal Australian Navy’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) – NUSHIP Sydney – is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February next year after completing sea trials.
CAPTION: NUSHIP Sydney on builder’s sea trials.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the ship was the third and final ship being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding, supported by Navantia Australia.
“The success of Sydney’s sea trials represents a significant step towards its delivery,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Sydney will enter into service early next year, and with her sisters HMA Ships Hobart and Brisbane, they will be the most potent warships to date.
“By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships are truly world class and will allow us to work even closer with our allies.”
Following Sydney’s sea trials, final production work including the integration of the MH60-R helicopter, will be completed ahead of the ship’s provisional acceptance into service in February 2020.
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The Hobart-class DDGs are based on the Navantia designed F100 frigate and is coupled with the Aegis Combat System.
They were constructed in Australia by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.
Hobart class will provide air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.
The Aegis Combat System, incorporating the state-of-the-art phased array radar AN/SPY 1D(V), in combination with the SM-2 missile, will provide an advanced air-defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150km.
The surface-warfare function will include long range anti-ship missiles and a naval gun capable of firing extended-range munitions in support of land forces.
The Hobart Class will also conduct undersea warfare and be equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons.
Hobart class will also carry one MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk anti-submarine/anti-surface/search-and-rescue helicopter.