Royal Australian Navy's first HMAS Hobart destroyer completes sea trials

The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance has successfully completed the final five weeks of sea acceptance trials for the Royal Australian Navy's first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD) HMAS Hobart.

HMAS Hobart is now ready to be handed over to the Australian defence in June this year following the completion of the sea trials, which were conducted off the coast of South Australia over a 21-day period.

AWD Alliance general manager Paul Evans said: “Over the past five weeks, the AWD Alliance has conducted some 20 platform system tests and 45 combat system tests to successfully validate Hobart’s complete mission system. Combined, these systems will deliver a world leading capability for the Royal Australian Navy.

“Completing acceptance sea trials on a first of class ship is a momentous occasion for the Alliance as we move closer to delivering Hobart to defence.

“It has been achieved through the extraordinary efforts of the on board crew and support team, whose dedication and commitment has been instrumental in ensuring the success of Hobart’s sea trials.”

"Over the past five weeks the AWD Alliance has conducted some 20 platform system tests and 45 combat system tests to successfully validate Hobart’s complete mission system."

AWD Alliance programme manager commodore Craig Bourke added: “Hobart’s sensors, weapons and communications systems have been put to the test by Royal Australian Air Force and civilian aircraft, Royal Australian Navy ships and helicopters through a complex series of simulated scenarios and battle space management.”

The hull consolidation of HMAS Hobart vessel was carried out in March 2014 and the builder’s sea trials were conducted in September last year. The ship was officially launched in May 2015.

The AWD project is expected to be completed this year and will see the delivery of three Hobart Class DDG destroyers, in addition to their support systems to the Australian defence.

The AWD Alliance comprises Raytheon Australia, ASC and the Australian Government’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

Image: Australia’s first air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart. Photo: courtesy of AWA.