Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

HMAS Hobart put through its paces

hmas hobart weapons evaluations

The Royal Australian Navy’s first Aegis combat system based guided missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart, has returned home after conducting weapons and systems evaluations with the US Navy off the west coast of the US.

The Royal Australian Navy’s first Aegis combat system based guided missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart, has returned home after conducting weapons and systems evaluations with the US Navy off the west coast of the US.

Hobart is the first ship of its class and the operation marked the first international partner to work in sync with US forces using the Aegis combat management system.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The US Navy was quick to put Hobart through her paces as it conducted operational testing for the ship's combat system and co-operative engagement capability (CEC).  

Centred around the AN/SPY-1 radar, Aegis is a fully integrated combat system. Providing full 360-degree, 3D tracking capacity, Aegis is capable of simultaneously defending against attack from land targets, submarines and surface ships while automatically protecting the fleet against aircraft cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.

This integrated combat system serves to establish Aegis as a central component of the Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD), providing robust anti-air warfare (AAW) capabilities, with ballistic missile defence capabilities.

"We were presented with some of the world’s toughest and most challenging threats; modern anti-ship missiles, maritime strike aircraft, fighters and high speed attack craft. On every occasion we successfully defended all threats," said Commanding Officer of HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis.

CEC is a system of hardware and software that allows the sharing of radar and identification, friend or foe sensor data on air targets among CEC equipped units. CEC's two major system functions consist of a co-operative engagement processor for sensor networking and a data distribution system (DDS) for real-time communications among co-operating units.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Put simply, CEC is a real-time ‘sensor-netting’ system that brings together radar data into a single integrated air picture from geographically dispersed ships, aircraft and ground-based units. This integrated picture improves task force effectiveness by enabling longer range, co-operative or layered engagements.

"None of this would have been possible without the incredible men and women who operate HMAS Hobart, they took this unknown and untested first-of-class ship and transformed her into a warship that is truly first class," CAPT Stavridis explained. 

The aim of the exercise was to "achieve a sustainable level of combat and weapon system readiness", and Able Seaman Electronic Technician Stacey Verrall said the crew were successful in that. 

"This is what we have trained for and to be able to conduct the missile firings here has been a terrific opportunity and a humbling experience," AB Verrall said.

HMAS Hobart and her two sister ships, HMA Ships Brisbane and Sydney, are Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers based on the Spanish F-100 frigates. The Hobart Class Combat System is built around the Aegis Weapon System, incorporating the state-of-the-art phased array radar, AN/SPY 1D(V), will provide an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150 kilometres.

The vessels will be capable across the full spectrum of joint maritime operations, from area air defence and escort duties, right through to peacetime national tasking and diplomatic missions. 

HMAS Hobart put through its paces
HMAS-Hobart-weapons-evaluations.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

NSW firm tapped to build Army vehicle fleet
Sep 24 2021
NSW firm tapped to build Army vehicle fleet
A multimillion-dollar contract has been awarded to a Port Macquarie-based business for the develop of rough terrain vehicles. ...
Sep 24 2021
QUT to develop technology to identify fallen Australian soldiers
The Morrison government has granted the Queensland University of Technology with a $2.2 million contract to develop forensic techn...
Sep 24 2021
MH-60R Seahawk achieves operational milestone
The Royal Australian Navy helicopter has surpassed 2,000 flight hours while on deployment in south-east Asia. ...