The Australian Defence has accepted the delivery of the third Hobart-class guided missile air warfare destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney.

The Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance-built ship is the final of the Hobart-class for the Royal Australian Navy.

The alliance includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia.

NUSHIP Sydney was launched in May 2018 and underwent an upgrade at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia in March 2019.

The infrastructure upgrade was performed to support Sikorsky MH60-R Seahawk submarine-hunting helicopter.

It successfully completed sea trials in November last year.

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Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said: “Today’s milestone demonstrates the success of the Morrison government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

“While the delivery of NUSHIP Sydney marks the end of this programme, it represents an exciting time for the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, as we continue to build upon the unique skills developed at this precinct and transfer them across the whole shipbuilding ecosystem.”

The vessel is currently travelling to its homeport at Garden Island in Sydney. It is expected to be commissioned later this year.

Following commissioning, NUSHIP Sydney will join its sister vessels HMAS Hobart and HMAS Brisbane.

Reynolds added: “I congratulate the 5,000 workers who have worked directly on this programme over the past decade, from the design phase through to the construction, integration and delivery of these magnificent ships.

“The significance of this success cannot be understated and is reflected in the truly world-class capability of these warships, and the naval shipbuilding and combat system integration skills that have been developed at Osborne.”

Designed based on the Navantia-designed F100 frigate, the ships feature Aegis combat system incorporating AN/SPY 1D(V) phased array radar and the SM-2 missile.