Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne was joined by other dignitaries to officially welcome NUSHIP Brisbane to the Royal Australian Navy.
NUSHIP Brisbane is the second of three destroyers being built and integrated by the AWD Alliance, comprised of the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding, with support from Navantia Australia. In the coming months, NUSHIP Brisbane will sail from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into service by the RAN.
The successful delivery of both HMAS Hobart and NUSHIP Brisbane is a further demonstration of the sovereign and unique shipbuilding and systems integration capability that the AWD program has built for Australia.
Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne said, "Brisbane will enter into service later this year and with her sister-ships, they will be the most potent warships ever operated by the Royal Australia Navy."
AWD Alliance general manager Paul Evans said, “We have implemented learnings from ship to ship in order to deliver better outcomes, faster outcomes, create more skills, more efficiency and ultimately deliver a better capability.”
Director General of Naval Construction Branch Commodore Steve Tiffen said, “The complexity of this project is reflected in the sophistication of the Air Warfare Destroyers, which are providing a step-change in capability for the Australian Defence Force. As the most lethal warships Australia has ever possessed, all three destroyers feature an advanced anti-submarine warfare capability, state-of-the-art radar technology and an air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at an extended range.”
Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said that the company is extremely proud to be part of the team that is delivering the Hobart Class AWDs to the RAN.
“Today, in conjunction with our AWD Alliance partners, we take great pride in delivering the second AWD, NUSHIP Brisbane, to Defence. The delivery of this ship signifies a decade of collaboration between Defence and industry, and further demonstrates all that can be achieved when we work together to deliver complex Australian defence capabilities,” said Ward.
ASC Shipbuilding acting chief executive Jim Cuthill said, “With the Commonwealth’s acceptance of the second AWD NUSHIP Brisbane, we have demonstrated the quality of our product and confirmed our place as the builder of the most capable class of warships ever produced in Australia.”
For Navantia Australia chairman Warren King, the delivery of NUSHIP Brisbane is a source of immense pride.
“This achievement not only marks another significant milestone in the AWD program, but also for the Australian shipbuilding industry and Australian capability. We look forward to seeing NUSHIP Brisbane join her sister ship HMAS Hobart in service with the Royal Australian Navy in the near future,” he said.
“This has laid the foundation for an Australian shipbuilding and systems integration industry which will construct the new Hunter class frigates in South Australia, the AWD Program has also built a vast Australian supply chain, comprising more than 2,700 suppliers, over 500 of these are from South Australia, stimulating strong economic growth and job creation," Minister Pyne said.
The first Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, was accepted and commissioned into service last year, while Brisbane will enter into service later this year.