Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Australian DoD receives third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer

Australian Department of Defence (DoD)

Australian DoD receives third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer | Jane's 360

Julian Kerr, Adelaide - Jane's Defence Weekly

02 March 2020

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) took delivery of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), the future HMAS Sydney (pennant number 42), at the Osborne naval shipyard in Adelaide on 28 February.

The acceptance ceremony, which was attended by Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, marked the conclusion of the AUD9 billion (USD6 billion) AWD construction programme to replace six Adelaide-class (US Oliver Hazard Perry design) guided-missile frigates, the last of which was decommissioned in October 2019, with the 7,000 tonne Aegis-equipped AWDs.

The third Hobart-class destroyer is expected to be commissioned in Sydney on 20 May and undertake work-up activities until the end of the year in preparation for up to six months of US Navy Combat System Ship Qualification (CSSQT) trials.


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