HMAS Hobart visits namesake city for the first time

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship, HMAS Hobart, arrived in its namesake city for the first time in February.

CAPTION: HMAS Hobart visited Tasmania for the second time since commissioning for the 183rd Royal Hobart Regatta.

The port visit was the first time in 18 years a ship carrying the name Hobart has visited the City of Hobart and saw the guided missile destroyer feature as the flagship in the Royal Hobart Regatta.

Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company were excited to strengthen the ties Navy already has with Hobart and Tasmania.

“Hobart has always been a friend of Navy and we are proud to bring our newest ship into this special city for the first time,” Captain Stavridis said.

“It’s an honour to show our capabilities and welcome the local community onboard just as they’ve welcomed us into their city.

Hobart is a world-class warship ship and we appreciate the opportunity to visit our namesake and see the support we have from this community before we embark on a busy year at sea proving what we can do.”

While in Hobart, HMAS Hobart exercised their right to Freedom of Entry, participated in the Royal Hobart Regatta and hosted a public open day.

HMAS Hobart is based in Sydney and will spend the majority of 2018 at sea as she works towards and completes her final readiness trials in the United States.

Hobart is the first of her class with HMA Ships Brisbane and Sydney due to enter service by 2020.

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