Final Air Warfare Destroyer handed over to Navy

Navy’s final Air Warfare Destroyer – NUSHIP Sydney – was officially handed over to Defence In a moving ceremony today.

CAPTION: Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds and Commander Ted Seymour, Commanding Office of NUSHIP Sydney, as the Royal Australian Navy marked the delivery of its third Air Warfare Destroyer. Photo by Kym Smith.

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NUSHIP Sydney is the final of the three ships being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds attended the acceptance ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.


“While the delivery of NUSHIP Sydney marks the end of this program, it represents an exciting time for the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, as we continue to build upon the unique skills developed at this precinct and transfer them across the whole shipbuilding ecosystem,” Minister Reynolds said.

“I congratulate the 5000 workers who have worked directly on this program over the past decade, from the design phase through to the construction, integration and delivery of these magnificent ships.

“The significance of this success cannot be understated and is reflected in the truly world-class capability of these warships, and the naval shipbuilding and combat system integration skills that have been developed at Osborne.”

NUSHIP Sydney will now sail to her home port at Garden Island in Sydney and, once commissioned later this year, will join HMA Ships Hobart and Brisbane to complete Navy’s new fleet of its most capable warships to date.






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One thought on “Final Air Warfare Destroyer handed over to Navy

  • 08/03/2020 at 2:15 pm

    Good to see another ship carrying on the Sydney name and Honours. I served in FFG-03 HMAS Sydney back in the day 1985-88.


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