The Air Warfare Destroyer Project enters an exciting new phase with Hobart commencing its first series of sea trials. This phase will demonstrate the functionality of the ship’s propulsion, maneuvering, auxiliary, control and navigation systems.
Throughout the Builder’s Sea Trials period the ship is being operated under the command of a civilian Master and crew, augmented by specialists from Alliance partners ASC and Raytheon Australia and other equipment suppliers, who are performing the system testing and trials.
Before the ship was put to sea, the AWD Alliance conducted a comprehensive assessment to ensure the safety of the ship, embarked personnel, the environment and other seafarers. This assessment is defined as the Alliance Sea Trials Release Process and has three major steps; the Sea Worthiness Assessment, Ship Sea Trials Release and Sea Readiness Confirmation.
During Builder’s Sea Trials, whilst the ship is at sea, a dedicated shore support team remains in constant communications with the Ship’s Master to assist the ship and ensure the success of the trials.
In the lead up to Builder Sea Trials the AWD Alliance completed a number of important alongside dock trials - testing the ships systems before it departed to sea for the first time. Tests included Inclining Trials, measuring the ship’s stability and vertical centre of gravity; and Bollard Trials, testing the ship’s propulsion system.