Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

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

Navy destroyers stretch legs, flex muscles in unison for first time

(L-R) HMA Ships Sydney, Brisbane, and Hobart leave Sydney Harbour to conduct sea trails off the east coast of Australia, the first time the Hobart-class Destroyers have exercised together (Source: Dept of Defence)

The Royal Australian Navy’s three Hobart Class destroyers have exercised together for the first time, demonstrating their co-operative capabilities to increase maritime security and stability in our region.

The Royal Australian Navy’s three Hobart Class destroyers have exercised together for the first time, demonstrating their co-operative capabilities to increase maritime security and stability in our region.

HMA Ships HobartBrisbane and Sydney conducted joint tests, trials and exercises off the east coast of Australia, further developing their air and surface warfare capabilities.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the exercise demonstrates Navy’s preparedness to respond to a more complex and contested maritime domain.

“The Hobart Class are the most capable and lethal warships Australia has ever built, increasing our interoperability with the United States and allowing us to work even closer with our allies and partners,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Through this government’s record up to $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Program we are growing our Navy to support the need for increased maritime security and stability in our region. The Hobart Class destroyers have demonstrated that they can be integrated effectively to support the mutual endeavours and commitments of the ADF and our partner nations.”

The three Hobart Class vessels will primarily provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas. 

The Hobart Class’ Spanish counterparts entered service with the Spanish Navy beginning in the early 2000s, working alongside key NATO and US maritime assets.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price witnessed the joint exercise from on board HMAS Hobart.

Minister Price said the co-operative engagement capability allowed shared information and data to be integrated into the ship’s Aegis combat management system.

“Australian workers from both Raytheon Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia should be proud of their significant contribution to this remarkable capability. Today was a powerful visual milestone for Australian defence industry after a decade of work across 2,700 suppliers who have contributed to the Air Warfare Destroyer Program,” Minister Price said.

When deployed to the Persian Gulf, the Spanish F100s became the first foreign Aegis-equipped ships to fully integrate into a US Navy Carrier Strike Group, while the class has also successfully deployed as the flagship of NATO’s Maritime Group Standing Reaction Force, highlighting the individual and interoperable capabilities of Navy’s new destroyers.

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.

Minister Price added, “I am proud to see the successes of Australia’s expansion of shipbuilding, as well as these complex systems integration skills operating at sea, demonstrating an advanced and co-ordinated warfare capability.”

The trials included Royal Australian Air Force participation, further enhancing the destroyers' combat reach and effectiveness, and opening new opportunities for the joint integrated air missile defence program.

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.

While based upon the Spanish F100s, the Australian vessels incorporate a number of modifications and Australian-specific structural/design and combat system modifications to provide a uniquely Australian surface combatant with international provenance.

Navy destroyers stretch legs, flex muscles in unison for first time
DDGs-Sydney-Harbour.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

12:00
Babcock wins £110m UK defence contract
The global defence company has been tasked with delivering enhanced radio communications capability to the UK Armed Forces. ...
EOS tests T2000 turret at NSW range
07:00
EOS tests T2000 turret at NSW range
The company has put its turret to the test during a live-fire exercise at a private range. ...
Sep 17 2021
FTS Group continues growth in ANZ rebranded as Atturra
FTS Group, an Australian technology consulting and services business, has announced its rebrand to Atturra. ...