The Royal Australian Navy Hobart Class guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart (III) is preparing to leave for future tasking in 2024 after undergoing extensive maintenance in NSW.
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The lead Hobart Class guided missile destroyer is departing its Captain Cook Graving Dock at Fleet Base East after two months of extended planned maintenance.
HMAS Hobart will next be assessed for seaworthiness and battle worthiness after completing an extensive maintenance period spanning 20 weeks of production, 180,000 hours of work, 3,800 isolations, 76 tank openings, and more than 1,300 hot work permits.
Hobart provides advanced air defence, surface warfare, surveillance and undersea warfare capability for RAN using Mk 41 (48 VLS cell) vertical launch system, RIM-66 Standard 2 missile, RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow missile, advanced Harpoon via two quad launchers, Mk 45 5-inch 62 calibre gun, MU90 torpedoes, two 25mm M242 Bushmaster on Typhoon mounts, and one Phalanx close-in weapons system.
Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart Commander Tina Brown addressed ship’s company and destroyer enterprise representatives on 25 September, acknowledging the significant efforts of planning, coordination, and execution of the DSRA.
“Achieving such a safe and successful docking required intricate levels of system knowledge, problem solving and resource management, and the outcomes demonstrated the high levels of professionalism and technical mastery of both our technical sailors and industry partners,” CMDR Brown said.
“The strong relationship between enterprise partners was a testament to One Defence principles.”
HMAS Hobart will transition towards force generation targets, achieved through the Sea Release Assurance framework.
HMAS Hobart is the first Hobart Class guided missile destroyer to undertake a docking selected restricted availability as part of its usage and upkeep cycle.