The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer, Sydney, has commenced its first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems before being handed over into service with the Royal Australian Navy.
The initial trial phase will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials in October to test the ship’s combat and communications systems in preparation for delivery next year.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds highlighted the role of industry as a fundamental input to capability and supporting the delivery of the future HMAS Sydney.
“Over the past decade, more than 5,000 people from across the Department of Defence, ASC, Raytheon Australia and Navantia have dedicated millions of hours of work towards delivering the most capable warships ever to be operated by the Royal Australian Navy,” Minister Reynolds said.
“This is underpinned by over 2,700 suppliers who have supported the AWD Alliance in its efforts to expand Australian industry capability for the overall program.”
Australia’s Hobart Class guided-missile destroyers (DDG) are based on Navantia’s F100 Alvaro De Bazan Class of frigates and incorporate the Lockheed Martin Aegis combat management system with Australian-specific equipment to ensure that the RAN is capable of defending Australia and its national interests well into the next two decades.
For a look at the new DDG, please scroll through the image gallery above.