Sydney residents got their first glimpse of their city’s namesake ship with the arrival of NUSHIP Sydney at Garden Island today.
CAPTION: NUSHIP Sydney prepares to berth at Fleet Base East, Garden Island in Sydney, for the first time. Photo by Able Seaman Leon Dafonte Fernandez.
The third and last Hobart-class destroyer to join the Navy’s fleet entered through Sydney Heads and made her way up the harbour, with contractors and ship’s company embarked.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the arrival of Sydney was a proud day for Defence and the people of Sydney.
“Today marks another milestone in Defence capability, with Sydney being the most potent and capable warship Australia has ever built,” Minister Reynolds said [forgetting, presumably, her two sisters].
“The Hobart-class destroyers are the first Australian warships equipped with the US Aegis combat management system, and will allow us to work closer with our allies than ever before.”
The 147-metre warship sailed from Osborne, South Australia, where she was built by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.
During her current stay at Garden Island, NUSHIP Sydney will conduct a number of acceptance trials coordinated by Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance personnel.
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