Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

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

Navy destroyers flex warfighting capability

HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney have participated in their first ever joint naval exercise against training targets deployed by Air Affairs Australia.

HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney have participated in their first ever joint naval exercise against training targets deployed by Air Affairs Australia.

Engineering and services company Air Affairs Australia has participated in a large Naval exercise within the Eastern Exercise Area, completing the inaugural dual Phoenix target presentation.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The operation provided a double low level threat emulation against three of the Royal Australian Navy’s fighting ships, air warfare destroyers, HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney, which exercised together for the first time.

The exercise — witnessed by Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price — enabled the ships to test their Aegis Combat Systems, which provide them with advanced layered offensive and defensive capabilities to counter conventional and asymmetrical threats.

Targets commenced their ‘attack’ within 10 seconds of each other, at low altitude and a speed of 300 knots.

The targets initially attacked two of the ships, with one target commanded by a four-person flight crew to break away and switch its attack profile to threaten the third ship and test the combat system response of all three destroyers.

In response, HMAS Hobart and HMAS Brisbane each fired a Standard Missile 2 against the attacking Phoenix targets.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Navy was pleased with the outcome of the training exercise, recognising the effectiveness of Air Affairs’ execution of the operation.  

Air Affairs also thanked Navy personnel for their participation in the operation.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our very first dual target mission,” an Air Affairs spokesperson said.

[Related: Allies sharpen ASW skills at multi-national Exercise Sea Dragon]

Navy destroyers flex warfighting capability
Phoenix-target-dc.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Jun 18 2021
Australian soldiers join war fighting exercise in the US
Army soldiers from Brisbane’s 7th Combat Brigade have joined partner forces from the US Army, British Army and Canadian Army fo...
Jun 18 2021
Commonwealth delivers Guardian Class vessel to Kiribati
The island nation has received the Austal-built patrol boat at a formal ceremony on Friday. ...
Jun 18 2021
Raytheon Australia funds veterans scholarship program
The defence prime has partnered with the university to support the academic endeavours of former ADF personnel. ...